Darrell F. Saunders Jr. Obituary, Death – In his house in Morgantown, West Virginia on March 22, 2023, Darrell Francis Saunders Jr., MD, who had reached the age of 73, died away. He was the son of Darrell Francis Saunders Sr. and Dorothy Jane Goff Saunders, both of whom passed away before his birth on September 29, 1949 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
John B. White, his lifelong companion and best friend, Darrell’s surviving family members include his sister, Dianne (Darl) Nuce, of Morgantown; nephew, Phillip (Courtney) Nuce, of Fairmont; niece, Shannon (Eddie) Austin, of Morgantown; great nephew, Tavien Nuce, and girlfriend, Nataleigh Bower, of Fairmont; great nieces, Nevaeh Austin, of Morgantown, and Carmen Nuce, of Fairmont
Darrell spent his childhood in Morgantown and received his high school diploma from Morgantown High. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at West Virginia University, where he studied for and successfully completed the admission exam required for medical school. He then continued his education at West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. He completed his residency at West Virginia University, a fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York, an internship at St. Louis University Group Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and an externship at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, California, before returning home to start the first private oncology practice in Morgantown. This was the beginning of a forty-two-year career of practicing medicine, specifically oncology, at Morgantown Internal Medicine Group, Mon General Hospital, and other local medical facilities.
The Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center Oncology Clinic was established by Darrell and Dr. Charles Beall, who was also Darrell’s business partner. His dedication to the breast cancer cause, which the clinic specialized in treating, had a significant and far-reaching effect on a large number of individuals and the community as a whole.
In his spare time, one of his greatest passions was exploring other parts of the world. His preferred places to visit included Canada, Ireland, and Australia, to name just a few. Along the way, he had an impact on a vast number of people’s lives and he will be sorely missed.
A gathering to honor Darrell will take place on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 3 to 7 o’clock in the evening at the Dering-Henson Funeral Home. as well as on Saturday, April 1, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Spruce Street United Methodist Church. till 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service and celebration of life beginning at eleven in the morning. Pastor Rose Saunders and Reverend Bart Thompson presided over the ceremony.