He spoke in tongues in church, seen as a gift of the Holy Spirit, for the first time when he was 8 or 9, his father said.
“Darius liked excitement, so it followed that that experience would be very attractive to him,” Mr. Settles said.
He attended Nashville State Community College, got a job at a local clothing store and discovered he had a passion for clothes, his friend and fellow church musician Weston Jordan said. Clothes and church. At Greater Original Christ Temple in the Old Hickory neighborhood, he met Angela Washington, a Chicago native who had moved to Nashville for college. They married in 2013.
In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Settles is survived by a son, Samari; his mother; and three siblings, Donavon, Danielle and Deja.
Always he had plans — to go to law school, to enter the ministry, to start a podcast, to create an app to help musicians find gigs. “But the suit thing really took off,” Mr. Jordan said. “That was his dream.” Running his own business in Nashville, he built a clientele largely of ministers, including his father.
Mr. Settles was the guy who made people laugh, but he was trying to become more serious, and be seen as such, Mr. Thompson said. “He really put an effort into it,” he added. “The last time we were together, he called afterward and said: ‘Did you see me? I’m more chill.’”
Mr. Thompson said he was sure that Darius had said it with a big, joyful smile.
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