Edwin L. (Ned) Darby, age 77, passed away peacefully March 30, 2019.  Ned was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Ardell and Raymond R. Darby. Sr.  Having lived in numerous states throughout his career, Ned and his wife, Janice, fell in love with Pinehurst, NC, ultimately moving there from the north and becoming proprietors of the Magnolia Inn. 

Preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Ardell; brothers Ray Darby, Jr. and Ken Darby; son-in-law Tony Tommasino; and grand-daughter Ashley Darby.  Ned is survived by his wife Janice Darby; children David Darby, Daniel Darby, Roxanna Tommasino, Katherine Darby, Elisabeth Darby, Chris (Brandi) DeFilippo; step children Randy Gripentrog, Julia Gripentrog, Lauren (Matthew) Parr, Danny (Lavinia) Gripentrog; ten grandchildren and step-grandchildren; sister Margaret Everett; brothers Don Darby and Joe (Susan) Darby and sister-in-law Brenda Darby. 

At Ned’s request, the family plans to hold a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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