July 16, 2020

Wrightly Cecil “WC” Darnell Jr., 57, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father, and poppy.

He attended the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ of Richlands, VA. He served as a Wise County Deputy Sheriff for 32 years when he then spent his retirement getting his Master’s in Business Administration in 2016 and becoming a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for Heritage Hall Health Care of Laurel Meadows, VA.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wrightly Cecil Darnell Sr; mother, Juanita Darnell; and brother, Dwight Douglas Darnell.

He is survived by his loving wife for over 20 years, Melisha Darnell; three children, Whitney Carson Darnell of Blacksburg, William Christopher Darnell and wife Adara of Wise and Courtnie Lawson and husband George; two grandchildren, Hannah and Ellis of Jonesville; sisters, Angelina Roberta Fitzgerald and husband “Chuck” of Big Stone Gap, Patricia Ann Sutton of Kentucky, Geneva Cecile Ramsey and husband Tim of PA, and Mona Lisa Thacker of NC; sister-in-law, Brenda Darnell of Norton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for “WC” Darnell Jr will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 20 at the Sturgill Funeral Home chapel in Wise with Pastor Frank Lester officiating. Family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of services at 2 p.m. Monday.

We will be following State mandated social distancing and occupancy. Masks are required and will not be supplied by the family or funeral home. Please visit to leave online condolences for the family.

Sturgill Funeral Home, 1621 Norton Road SW Wise is in charge of arrangements.