Edward Lankester Darr Jr. passed away on June 2, 2021.
He was born December 26, 1944, to the late Edward L. Darr and Nancy R. Darr. "Eddie" attended Chattanooga High School and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from University of Chattanooga, where he participated in the ROTC program.
He joined the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in the 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagles") as a forward observer in the Vietnam War. He was recognized during his tour with a Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Parachute Badge and the Bronze Star.
Upon his return, Eddie joined the National Forest Service in New Mexico and then Darr's Hardware, the family business in Chattanooga. Later he operated his own business, Darr's Shooting Supply. Eddie will be remembered for his wealth of information of the Civil War and World War II and their leaders, weaponry and associated stories as well as his love of fishing and the out-of-doors. Eddie lived life on his own terms - "You betcha."
Eddie was predeceased by nephews, Frank Mix Robbins, IV, and Justin Graham Knysh.
He is survived by his sister Eloise Darr Robbins and her family including husband Frank "Mickey" Robbins and their children, Winston Spencer Robbins and Edward Darr Robbins, as well as his sister, Leslie Darr Knysh, and her children, Zachary Andrue Knysh and his "favorite niece," Crystal Eloise Leilani Knysh.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, Tn. 37404, on Tuesday, July 13, at 2 p.m.
Donations in Eddie's memory may be made to McCoy Farm and Gardens, PO Box 443, Signal Mountain Tn 37377, or your favorite charity.
Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort to the family.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.