Robert Darryl's Story
Robert Darryl Herren, Sr. was born in Wilkes County, June 2, 1937 but as WWII progressed his family moved many times, causing Darryl to attend the first grade in 6 different cities. Settling in Marietta, GA, Darryl graduated from Marietta High School. He became an Ordained Baptist Minister through Woodlawn Baptist church in Decatur, GA in 1964. While attending Truett-McConnell Junior College Darryl served Antioch Baptist Church near Dahlonega, GA. Darryl graduated with the honor of Most Representative Student of Truett-McConnell College.
With scholarships in hand to attend Mercer University in Macon, GA, Darryl was called to serve Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Milledgeville, GA. As good fortune continued to follow, Georgia College chose this year, 1967, to allow male students and Darryl enrolled as one of a handful of male students, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology.
Darryl joining the Social Work Dept. at Central State Hospital, later becoming the first Director of a community service organization, the Baldwin County Training Center (now known as the Life Enrichment Center) as it opened it's doors in 1970. In 1973 he became the first Developmental Services Chief for the Oconee Region's 7 counties, opening day programs for the Developmentally Disabled in all 7 counties. He opened and managed the first of many Group Homes in Milledgeville.
A man of many passions, Darryl spent several years as a Blacksmith, creating both functional and artistic pieces and loved traveling around the state demonstrating the ancient art of Blacksmithing. Often saying he lived a charmed/blessed life, he cherished finding and cultivating those relationships he called "mentors" in many areas of his life experience, blacksmithing, plants, birds, insects. It is said he could find beauty in a delicate curve of metal and the colors in an ugly spider. One of his many goals was to know when the first white Throat Sparrow arrived at Olive Forge. He kept records of weather, birds, insect eruption, births, deaths.
We thank Darryl for living a compassionate loving and giving life and shining his light on all.
Darryl is preceded in death by his parents, W.J. and Mary Frances (Williamson) Herren, his brother, W.F. Herren and son, Augustus (Gus) B. Herren.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marsha Fort-Herren, Sons, Robert Darryl Herren, Jr., Ret.US Army and wife Patti of Orange Park, FL, son Andrew Taylor Herren and wife P.J. of Milledgeville, GA, two brothers, Richard Herren and James Herren (Sheila) of the Atlanta area and sister, Robin Herren Sievers (Keith) of Big Canoe, GA, sister-in-law Betty Herren, two granddaughters, Tiffany Herren (Orange Park, FL) and Taylor Herren (Milledgeville), two great-grandchildren, Joshua Augustus and Hailey Diehl, and many beloved nieces and nephews and life long friends.
A Memorial Services will be held at 3:30PM Saturday, January 21, at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home.
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Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
Published on January 17, 2017