John S. Darlington

December 16, 1937 - February 23, 2018
John S. Darlington

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John S. Darlington, 80, of Saluda passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Mountain Home Health and Rehabilitation. He was the son of the late Thomas Martin and Alpha Hobbs Darlington. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mae Watt.

Mr. Darlington began his career by working as an apprentice for the Evening Star in Washington, DC and then went on to work for the US Government Printing Office for 30 years until his retirement in 1995. He served as a Mason with the Glebe Lodge #181 and was a Past Master. He was very active with the Hendersonville Shrine Club, Oasis Temple and loved being a Shriner clown. He was an accomplished book binder and master gardener.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Jo Allison Darlington; daughters, Terri Lee Kilpatrick and Renee Rutley and husband, Ron, all of Hendersonville; son, Tommy Darlington of Saluda; grandchildren, Zachary Schell and wife, Alessa Geboff, Jenn Boughter and husband, Tim, Kenny Rutley, Melissa Zimmerman and husband, Chris, Jennifer Horton, Christopher and Michael Rutley; great-grandchildren, Malachi and Jackson Boughter.

A memorial service will be held 1pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Saluda United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hendersonville Shrine Club, PO Box 1901, Hendersonville, NC 28793-1901 or Saluda United Methodist Church, PO Box 551, Saluda, NC 28773.


Saturday, March 3, 2018
1:00 PM

Saluda United Methodist Church - Directions
132 Greenville Street
Saluda, NC 28773

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  • February 28, 2018
    Lisa Greene says:
    John and Jo have been so kind to me and my family. Jo, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

  • May 26, 2019
    Hamilton says:
    Mr Darlington you were a very good man you were always kind to me. I will pray for Grandma and for your family. I am truly sorry for everything and I hope you have peace. God bless you and keep you as you journey ever east may God bless your family and grant them peace.