Celebration of life services were held Friday July 9, 2021, for Darryl Jay Hart at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, where he was a member.
Father Jim Abbott and Father Francis King officiated.
Darryl was born October 28, 1961, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to Lt. Col. Osborne M. and Louise Gallego Hart. Both parents preceded him in death. Darryl departed this life Thursday, July 1, 2021, at his residence.
He was a graduate of Carolina Day School and of the University of NC at Chapel Hill, where he received a BS in Industrial Relations. In 1986 he graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He was a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity; life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 2009-10 Sire Archon of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity of Gamma Upsilon Boulé; and life member of the NAACP.
Darryl was honored over many years for his public, professional, and community service. He received the 2000 Funeral Director and Mortician Association of NC, Inc. Professional of the Year award; Appreciation for Leadership as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Foundation (2000); Asheville Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leadership and Vision Award as Chairman of the Board (1999-2000); a Resolution of Appreciation from City of Asheville Board of Adjustment (2003); recognition for his Outstanding Leadership as board chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Asheville and Western NC (2004); and the 2006 Community Humanitarian Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc.
Additionally, he was a member of the Carlton Club and former member of the boards of directors at YMI Cultural Center and Mission St. Joseph Hospital, and an active member of the Western District Funeral Directors & Morticians Association (State and National) since 1988, for which he served as Treasurer and chair of the Education Committee. He was also past President of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.
After completing his education, Darryl worked with his father, Mr. Osborne M. Hart, at the family-owned funeral service; upon his father’s death he became owner/manager, continuing the practice of utmost professionalism and compassion. His motto was always, “Our aim is to be deserving of your confidence.”
Surviving is his wife, Karen Green Hart of the home; son William Demarcus Hart of Asheville; daughters, Whittney Williams of Charlotte, Jazmyn Williams (Jacob) of Asheville, and Daryl Jayda Hart of Asheville; brothers, Osborne Hart (Ellen) of Philadelphia, PA and Gregory Hart (Maggie) of Tampa, FL; sister, Donna H. Bennett of Chicago, IL; grandchildren: Jaydon Hopkins, Xavier Hart, Jaylee Monteith, and Jordan Monteith; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.