MORGANTON, N.C. - Darby Skinner McCathern Jr., 83, of Morganton, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1934, in Anderson County, and was a son of the late Darby Skinner McCathern Sr. and Allene Hall McCathern. Darby was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church. He was a faithful husband for 57 years, a devoted father and doting "Papa." Darby was dedicated to serving the Lord, his church and community. He was very patriotic and was proud of his service to his country, where he served in the United States Air Force. He had a special regard for the nation of Israel as God's chosen people. Whether you knew him or not, there was no question on where he stood on a variety of subjects.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a "brother-in-the-Lord," Thurman "Buster" Garrison.

Darby is survived by his wife, Mildred Conley McCathern; daughter, Aline Robelen and husband, Keith; grandchildren, Margaret, Lindsay, Drew and Will Robelen of Charlotte; and stepbrothers, Tommy and Nickie Hancock of Sumter.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Revs. Eddy Bunton and Kevin Crawford officiating. Graveside with Dr. David Mills will follow at the church cemetery with military honors provided by Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Air Force.

The family will have a gathering in the fellowship hall after the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Above and Beyond Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.