Darty, a Carbon Hill, Ala., native, roomed at UT with Bill Anderson, who played in the NFL before returning to Knoxville and serving as long-time color analyst with John Ward on the Vol Network.
After college, Darty began his career as a football coach, first in Florida then at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. He later became a realtor and investor and owned and operated his own company, Realty in the Rockies, in Woodland Park, Colo. He and his family lived in Jasper, Ala., and then Tuscaloosa before retiring in Dothan to be near his son and his family.
Darty was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Winston County, Ala. He graduated from Carbon Hill High School and played football at Tennessee, where he met and married his wife of 43 years, Peggy Darty. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, the UT Letterman Association and Wild Turkey Federation. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and Tennessee football.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at noon Central time at Dothan's Byrd Funeral Home Chapel on West Main Street, with Rev. Kyle Gatlin officiating. Burial for family members only will be held Thursday in Spring Hill Cemetery in Carbon Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be former teammates of Tennessee football team.