Darel Huse Hollinhead

July 22, 1949 - September 14, 2019

Darel Hollinhead

 They say “live well, laugh often, and love much”; cliché only because it’s a true basis for what is important. Darel Huse Hollinhead was the epitome of these sentiments and parts from us with some of the strongest bonds one can have during a lifetime, something to truly be celebrated. 

Darel, born to Betty Rollins Hollinhead and Calvin H. Hollinhead, in Beaumont, TX, became a craftsman carpenter after a career with Baker Oil. He possessed a staggering work ethic, counterbalanced with adventurous life which led to several death defying events and countless stories to tell. Friends became lifelong and loyal, cultivated from school, work, and ski and SCUBA trips. Darel was a lifelong prankster and told of escalating retaliatory shenanigans with infectious laughter. One such story, after a prank played on him by John Everett on a SCUBA trip, Darel plucked John’s sneakers (which were drying on stakes) and buried them on the beach. He could not tell that tale without laughing hysterically, as if the listener was there with Darel furtively watching John search for his, unbeknownst to him, sand-filled shoes with major irritation. After SCUBA trips, he entertained fellow divers with parties that included photographic slideshows of the exotic wildlife (both of fish and friends) peppered with even more stories of the group’s collective antics.

Back at home, he stuck to a highly personal moral code based on hard work and always stepped in when friends and family truly needed a helping hand. Darel is survived by his sister, Beverly Holden and her husband, Daniel, of Lumberton; niece, Brandi Hamilton, of Lumberton; daughter, Tammy Swarthout of Vidor; granddaughter, Megan Lucas; and a host of family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dana Hollinhead.

We miss him dearly and cherish his fun-loving spirit… not to mention, many of us live in homes he helped build, now a reminder to us of his love and loyalty.

A gathering of Mr. Hollinhead's family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m. with his memorial service to follow at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 West Webster Avenue, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60614 or online at www.stopsarcoidosis.org/donate/.



Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Saturday, October 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Memorial Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Saturday, October 26, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (9)

  • Kathryn Malley Hinojosa

    21 September 2019 at 15:05 | #

    Beverly, prayers for you and your family. Darel was one of Bubbie's best friends. Our parents love talking to Darel when he came over to pick up Bubbie. He was a wonderful man and would do anything for you. Know that your dear brother touch many people's lives and was a true friend. Know Bubbie and Darel are up in Heaven talking about their many memories. Beverly, you were such a wonderful sister and Darel knew that and love you. May God give you peace in this time of sorrow. What a wonderful life Darel had and shared with all. Love, Kathryn Malley Hinojosa


  • Eddie Anders

    20 September 2019 at 16:44 | #

    Darel my friend miss you. we did have a lot of good times when we were younger too many to mention SEE YOU EDDIE


  • Charlotte Metreyeon

    18 September 2019 at 03:19 | #

    Darel, truly made everyone laugh when he was near. Such a good man. So sorry he had to leave us so soon but we will all be together again one day.


  • John Everett

    17 September 2019 at 12:06 | #

    Yes, Darel and I always had a running competition of one-upsmanship. A wonderful man who really enjoyed life to the most. He, his cousin Brenda Fry, Gail Mooney, Morgan "Smokey" Alleman , and I were constant travel companions and competitive pranksters. This was all in the name of fun and never was there an occasion of hurt feelings. We will all miss Dariel terribly.


  • Bertha Courmier

    16 September 2019 at 18:09 | #

    So many great memories. A lot of great times. My heart is broken. You are loved and will be missed. Heaven gained a beautiful angel!!


  • Lee Acevedo Jr.

    16 September 2019 at 16:29 | #

    Met Darel in seventh grade. He lived four doors down from us on Victoria St. As a kid he was full of mischief and loved anything that would make him or others laugh. I would run into Darel occasionally and he always asked about how other people were doing. He was a selfless , giving person. Many people could have taken lessons from Darel on how to treat your fellow man. As you enter your Heavenly Home , save us a seat , we will meet again. " Welcome Home" …. Rest In Peace My Friend.


  • Linda J Suddath.

    16 September 2019 at 15:35 | #

    A longtime, dear and trusted friend...lots of wonderful memories and photos of trips; those were priceless....you will be greatly missed....RIP.....our traveling buddy!


  • Doug and Rhonda Bertrand

    16 September 2019 at 14:08 | #

    A great friend and neighbor for many years. Lots of great memories. Beverly you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.


  • Cathy Thagard Slater

    15 September 2019 at 14:50 | #

    My first love , my consent friend , my heart is broken.


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