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Kelsay Glenn Darst Jr.

December 11, 1929 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 90)

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Kelsay Glenn Darst Jr., 90, of Emerald Isle, passed away Friday, January 3­, 2020, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House.

His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Ben Burrows, of which he was a longtime member.

Kelsay graduated from Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1948 and soon after became a residential contractor building homes in the Hampton Roads area. In the following years, he became a real estate broker in Virginia. In his younger years, he had his pilot license and loved spending time in the open sky. He also worked on a sports fishing boat as a Captain in Chesapeake Bay. A favorite pastime for Kelsay was spending time with his son duck hunting. In his retirement years, he discovered a talent building model boats, his favorite boats to build were Coast Guard boats. After moving to North Carolina, he became a member of the NC Maritime Museum where some of his model boats are on display.

He is survived by wife, Faye Darst of the home; son, Michael Old Darst and wife Keeli of Seabrook, TX; step-daughter, Tonya Borders and husband Patrick of Duluth, GA; step-son, Bill Shirey and wife Jennifer of Mechanicsville, VA; grandchildren, Blake Darst of the US Coast Guard and Molly Darst of Seabrook, TX; step-grandchildren, Lauren Borders of Nashville, TN, Jared Borden of Atlanta, GA, Collin Shirey and Ian Shirey, both of Mechanicsville, VA.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betsy Hobgood; mother, Kathryne Darst; father, Kelsey Glendy Darst, Sr.; and sister, Virginia Pope.

The family will receive friends at a reception following the memorial service on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church at 100 Yaupon Drive, Cape Carteret, NC 28584.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the men and women from Carteret Healthcare, Crystal Bluffs and the Crystal Coast Hospice House for their kind and compassionate care.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, NC. 

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Reception Following Service
January 11, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church
100 Yaupon Dr
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

Memorial Service
January 11, 2020

11:00 AM
Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church
100 Yaupon Dr
Cape Carteret, NC 28584


Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church
100 Yaupon Drive, Cape Carteret NC 28584
Tel: 1-252-393-8462

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