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Longtime Bridgehampton Resident Alice Darden Dies at 101

Darden was very involved at First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton.

Editor's Note: This obituary was prepared by the family, provided by Brockett Funeral Home and edited by Patch.

Alice Vera Darden, born on Aug. 31, 1911, in Drewyville, Va., to the late Willie Ben and Anne Wells Ford, died Jan. 23 at the home of her granddaughter Alice Johnson on Hillcrest Avenue in Southampton.

According to Darden's family, she accepted Christ at an early age at the Pleasant Plain Baptist Church in Drewyvill, Va.

In 1928 she came to Bridgehampton. On Dec. 11, 1931, she married  Harrison Darden Jr., with whom she had two sons and two daughters.

In 1935 she joined the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton under the pastorate of the late Rev. Lawrence A. Jackson. She was a faithful member of the Senior Choir, the Senior Missionary, the Silver Leaf Club, the Deaconess Board and the Praise Team.

Darden is survived by two sons, the Reverend Roosevelt Darden and wife Mary, of Fayettville, Georgia, and Theodore Darden, of Coram; and one daughter, Frances Oliver of Brooklyn. She is futher survived by ten granddaughters, Alice Johnson, of Southampton; Debbie Johnson, of Ellenwood, Ga.; Barbara Leathers of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Gail Spencer of Fayettville, Ga.; Patricia Samuels of Freeport; Myosha Hosier of Philadelphia, Penn.; Alice Little, Andrea Oliver and Travis Oliver all of Brooklyn;  and Richard Turner of the Bronx. Darden also leaves behind a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and a godson, Ronald Darden of West Chester, Penn.

She is predeceased by her husband, Harrison Darden Jr., and her daughter, Geraldine Johnson.

The funeral was Jan. 25 at First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton.

Obituaries for the Southampton area may be emailed to southampton@patch.com for publication on Southampton Patch.

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