Jeanette ‘JJ’ Darden

Jeanette “JJ” Darden, 96, of Waycross, died early Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, at her residence, after an extended illness.  

She was born in Waycross to the late T. Lee Smith and Emmie Dillard Smith. Growing up in Waycross, she graduated from Waycross High School and from there attended and graduated from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she became an avid fan and supporter of the University of Georgia for the rest of her life.

She spent her life supporting and caring for those she loved the most. She cherished her role at home as a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and served the church in numerous capacities throughout the years. She was active in her local Garden Club, Bridge Club and the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Denham Cason Darden; her sister, Jaqueline Smith McCrary; one nephew, Roger Lee McCrary and one niece, Martha McCrary Hannah.

Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” Perrott and his wife Alice, Matthews, NC; five grandchildren, Karen Perrott Lee, Waycross, Kathy Perrott Gunn and her husband Larry, Albuquerque, NM, Robert Perrott and his wife Julie, Waycross, Brian D. Perrott, Valdosta, Mark R. Perrott and his wife Scarlett, Blackshear; 13 great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Barber, Brooke Gunn, Heather Gunn, Alexis Gunn, Emily Gunn, Hailey Gunn, Donavan Perrott, Andrew Perrott, Kaitlyn Perrott, Brian Perrott, Ashton Jasinski, Cayden Perrott and Kendall Perrott; her daughter-in-law, Donna Mobley, Waycross; two step-grandchildren, Jeremy Horne of Rhode Island and Alison Williams and her husband Jerry, Marshville, NC; two nephews, Thomas Alton McCrary and Richard Smith McCrary; two nieces, Mary McCrary Jay and Virginia McCrary Johnson and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, from the First Methodist Church.  

Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to a charity of your choice. 

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Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross was in charge of arrangements.

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