Darlene (Cassa) Singleterry, 65, of Jemison, passed away Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, Alabama.
Born June 27, 1956, Darlene was raised in San Carlos, Arizona, by her parents, Jeanette and Burnette Cassa. Upon graduating from high school, Darlene left home to attend college in New Ulm, Minnesota, at Dr. Martin Luther College. Returning home to San Carlos, she began working as a seasonal wildland firefighter with the San Carlos Apache Tribal Firefighters. In the off-season, she worked as a tutoring aide at Rice Elementary School and began attending a local community college for a nursing degree.
Darlene then joined the United States Army and left for Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, then to Advanced Individual Training to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
She met and married her husband, Gary Singleterry, at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Together they went to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and to Nuremberg, Germany. Upon their return from Germany, they settled in Jemison, Alabama, continuing to provide a service and caring for patients at Shelby Medical, Chilton Medical, and Hatley Health Care.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Gary O. Singleterry, parents, Jeanette and Burnette Cassa, and brothers, Samuel and Burnette Dale Cassa. She is survived by her sons, Reginald Singleterry of Jemison, Alabama, and Michael Singleterry of Jemison; loving grandchildren, Tyler Singleterry and Natalee Singleterry of Jemison; and sisters, Velma (Arnall) Swift of San Carlos, Arizona, Carmen (Terry) Stuart of Newport, Tennessee, Lorna Jean Jones of San Carlos, Arizona, Janet Gail Cassa of San Carlos, Arizona, and Francelia Cassa of Phoenix, Arizona. Family here in Jemison also includes many of her in-laws.
Darlene loved and was loved very much by all of her many nieces and nephews and their children and will be missed by all. She set an example for them to follow by being humble, honest, caring, and hard-working.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Agee Brother’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 at noon at Agee Brother’s Funeral Home.
Internment will follow at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.