He worked as a Housekeeping Supervisor for many years with Bally’s Casino. In recent years, he worked as a Slot Supervisor at Sam’s Town before working in the Helena West Helena School District where he was a substitute teacher and bus driver. He worked for a short time with KIPP Delta Public Schools as a bus driver.
Those who knew him knew how much he loved his daughters, Domonique and Darliesha. He was a devoted husband to Elaine and made his step-children feel welcomed in his life. Most people knew Darnell for his ever present smile. His smile reflected his generally jovial nature and warm heart. On Friday, September 21, 2012, Darnell walked away from this life into the Kingdom of God and into his loving Savior’s arms. He was preceded in death by his mother, Earlon Major; his father, Keynon Bragg, Sr.; his grandparents Leon Major, Susie May Bragg, and Solomon Bragg; and a host of aunts and uncles.
Family was extremely important to Darnell. That included both biological and extended family members with whom he developed special relationships. Darnell leaves several loved ones to cherish his memory, including: his wife Elaine Bragg, W. Helena, Arkansas; his two daughters: Domonique Bragg and Darliesha Bragg, West Helena, Arkansas; his stepchildren: Lennell Benton, Antonio Benton, Janice Benton, Jeannette (Bonnie) Mack, Ricardo (Nicole) Benton, and Reginald Benton, all of Memphis, Tennessee; his grandfather Rev. Willie (Nell) Applewhite, Grand Rapids, Michigan; his brothers and sister: Melvin (Jackie) Major, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; Keynon Bragg Jr., Lancaster, California; Eric (Stacey) Smith, Seattle, Washington; Cordell Owens, Los Angeles, California, Brandi Smith, Victorville, California, and Charmonique McGowan, Memphis, Tennessee; three brother-in-laws: Robert (Doris) Robinson, Buffalo, New York, Jerry (Betty) Benton and Terrence Benton, both of Memphis, Tennessee; his aunts and uncles: Carolyn (Walter) Davis, Lexa, Arkansas; Henry (Lovey) Ross, Montgomery, Alabama; Willie Applewhite Jr., Michigan; Tonya Applewhite; Crystal Applewhite; Stacey Applewhite; Celestine Applewhite; and Lisa Applewhite all of Grands Rapids, MI; and Lula May Bragg, Los Angeles, California; special nieces and nephews for whom provided special nurturing: Aaron Henderson, Helena, Arkansas, Keynon Bragg, III, Lancaster, California, Josalyn Cottery, Jacqueline Cottery, and Kylan Jefferson, all of Memphis, Tennessee, and Joshua Bragg and Kenya Bragg, both Robinsonville, Mississippi; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special loved ones, and friends.