Deacon Bruce Kindle Dargin
Bruce was born August 6, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan to Warren and Barbara Dargin. He was the second eldest of seven children. The Dargins and their happy family which consisted of five girls and two boys moved to Chicago, Illinois when Bruce was a young child. Bruce's parents preceded him in death.
Bruce attended Englewood High School and was very active in various sports including tennis, basketball and swimming. He enjoyed writing and drawing; but he also had specialized skills in areas that many would not ordinarily associate with him: Bruce had an interest in creating short action films and he held a 3rd-Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts.
Bruce served as a Chicago Fire Fighter from 1980-1982. He later entered and became quite successful in the Food Service Industry as an Executive Chef. He served in such capacity for the Radisson Hotel in Champaign, IL. as well as the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, IL.
Bruce was united in Holy Matrimony to his best friend, Sandra Yvette McKeithen on September 22, 1990. The two were inseparable and enjoyed 21 years of wedded bliss. Bruce and Sandra loved spending time together and whenever you saw one, you saw the other. Every weekend the couple celebrated "Date Night". This included a movie, dinner and tons of laughter.
Bruce had such a passion for food and cooking that he loved being in the kitchen creating special dishes for his wife.
Bruce and Sandra united with New Hope Christian Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, IL. in March of 1998, under the leadership of the late Rev. Malachi G. Baker. Bruce served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher under the leadership of Pastor Ernest A. Baker, Sr. and of course, he was an active member of New Hope's Culinary Ministry until he entered into his eternal rest.
Bruce ceased his earthly walk on Sunday, March 4, 2012 after a long battle with coronary heart problems. Through it all, Bruce was a walking witness to the grace of our heavenly father.
Bruce's life will be cherished and remembered by his loving and faithful wife, Sandra, his siblings: Cynthia, Gwendolyn (Hazlehurst, Mississippi), Marcella, Kenneth, Sandra and Lisa, his adoptive parents: Mom and Pop McKeithen, in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends as well as his New Hope Church family.
Bruce as we knew him may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.