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Joe M. Starnes

• May 23, 2020 at 1:42 PM

KINGSPORT - Joe M. Starnes, 78, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side.

He was born January 15, 1942, in Sullivan County, TN to the late Samuel and Ethel Starnes.

Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who always put others first. He enjoyed fishing and spending quality time with his family.

Joe was a member of State Line Baptist Church and retired from the City of Kingsport in the Maintenance Department following thirty-three years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra K. Starnes; sister, Betty Starnes; brother, Junior Starnes; mother of his children, Edith Ray Starnes.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Joe Starnes, Mary Bowen and husband, Barry, honorary daughter Vicki Robinson; grandchildren, Tiffany and Bradley Knowles; great-grandchildren, Bryce and William; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 5:00-6:45 pm in the chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:00 pm with Pastor Tim Price officiating.

A private Graveside Service will be conducted Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Christus Garden at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to Dr. Susan Reyes and her nurse, Beverly, Avalon Hospice and nurse, Daniel, Dominique Robinson, Tobi Preston and Carol Crawford and her family for their love, care and support of Joe during his illness.

To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.oakhillfh.com

The care of Joe M. Starnes and his family has been entrusted to the staff of Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services.

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