The Dart: Vidalia man thankful for God’s blessings in life

Published 12:01 am Monday, November 11, 2019


VIDALIA — For one Vidalia man, life has been a walk with God through trials and triumphs.

When the Dart Landed near the Vidalia Post Office on Carter Street in Vidalia on Friday afternoon, Keith was picking up his mail.

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“God is good and has been good to me,” Keith said. “You can’t beat Him.”

Married to his wife Darlene for 38 years, Keith, 60, has worked in the oil field service for more than three decades.

Keith owns Darnell Tubing Testing in Vidalia. He started working in the oil field industry in November of 1987. Keith said he has enjoyed his business ever since the first day he began working.

“I like to tell people I’m in the same unit I started with in 1987,” Keith said. “It has been good and the good Lord has opened doors for me and I have been blessed.”

With owning his own business, Keith said he travels around Louisiana and Mississippi.

“I like telling people I work with for my wife Darlene,” Keith said. “That’s who owns my business.”

Keith also defeated prostate cancer. Keith said the cancer was Stage 3 and was aggressive and moving fast.

“I decided to have robotic surgery and had my prostate taken out,” Keith said. “Doctors found the cancer when they were doing blood tests. Six weeks ago they removed the cancer — no chemo or radiation. I’m still 100% and I’m just thankful I’m still here.”

Besides running his own business, Keith and Darlene, 60, were married in 1981. Keith said the marriage has been good between him and Darlene.

“I tell people how lucky she is,” Keith said. “I’m thankful she has stayed with me all of these years. I can’t complain about that.”

Keith and Darlene have three grandkids: an 8-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl and a three-month-old baby, who was born on August 23. Keith said the oldest grandson plays for the Roux 61 Steelers, who won the 8-and-under Super Bowl last week at Vidalia High School.

“(God) has opened a lot of doors for me and we stepped through them and it has been good ever since,” Keith said about him and his family. “Without Him, we would be nothing.”