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Hundreds gathered to remember Tallahassee legend Darryl Steele

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 17:42:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A farewell to Tallahassee musician and Civil Rights activist Darryl Steele.

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects during a service filled with music and memories on Monday.

Darryl Steele's impact on people goes far beyond Tallahassee. His family says Monday's goodbye matched the soul and passion that he shared.

For Darryl Steele, music meant everything. He started playing guitar at 9-years-old, eventually going on a national tour with R&B artist Betty Wright.

To send Steele away, his group performed many of his original songs.

His family was also well known for their Civil Rights activism, from Darryl's father leading the charge on the Tallahassee Bus Boycott to his older brother Henry following suit with sit-ins in the Capital City.

The family now remembers Darryl for his ability to blend his love for music with activism.

Every year, he wrote a new song for the Tallahassee MLK Day Event, but Steele was also remembered for being your typical big brother, who eventually turned into a loving father.

With performances of much of Steele's music and even more memories of the musician, it was a final farewell that brought tears to the eyes of hundreds from all walks of life.