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Rev. William E. Starnes, Jr.

Rev. William E. Starnes, age 86, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday October 10th, 2020.

He is survived by sons, William (Sue) Starnes, Robert Starnes; brother, Tom Starnes; sisters, Sue Moore; seven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Mrs. Lily Starnes; parents, William “Bud” and Martha Starnes; brothers, Rev. Charles Starnes, I.J. Starnes; and sister Mildred Short.

He was born in Norton Virginia to the late William “Bud” and Martha Starnes on November 16th, 1933. Rev. Starnes was an Ordained Bishop of the Church of God International for 53 years, and pastored several churches in the local area. Also, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by his life and ministry.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday October 14th, 2020 at 2pm at the Graniteville Community Church of God with Pastor Brandon Key officiating. The interment will immediately follow at the Warrenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Napier Funeral Home, Inc. 315 Main St. Graniteville, SC 29829, has been entrusted with these arrangements. To send an expression of sympathy, you may visit the guestbook at www.napierfuneralhomeinc.com

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Bro. Starnes was not just a pastor, but a friend and like a family member to our family. We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss hm dearly. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Diane Turner and Wynnette Key

Wynnette Turner Key Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

The Department of Georgia Disabled American Veterans thanks Rev. Williams E. Starnes, Jr. for his honorable service to our nation. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him. Albert Boudy, DAV State Chaplain

Albert Boudy, CW4 (Ret) USA Oct 14 2020 12:00 AM

Grandfather, the imprint you have left on me and of which I feel so proud, makes me always notice you very close, as a part of my being. Rest in peace, grandfather of my heart.I love you more than you'll ever know

Kathie starnes Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

Brother Starnes will be missed. I enjoyed him pastor at Warrenville Chuch of God. I know he is rejoicing with the Lord and his beautiful wife Mrs. Starnes. He was one of the best pastors I enjoyed when I attended Warrenville. Both of them were the sweetest people ever. Rip Mr Starnes praying for all of your family during this difficult time.

Ronda Jackson Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

Mr . Starnes was a great Christian man and enjoyed when he was at Warrenville Church of God. He and his wife always made sure you felt welcome. I know he is rejoicing with the Lord and his wife and family and friends. May God be with his family in the coming days ahead. Will be praying for his family.

Joyce Pearson Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

Brother Starnes was a joy to know, a man of humility, his love for God shining brightly. He was a gentle man, one when you spoke to him, he listened, when you needed prayer, he prayed. He will be remembered with much love and respect. His love for his precious wife was so beautiful, only second to his love for God. It was a blessing to have known him, in him I could see the love of and for God. He will be missed.

Ceal Soto Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

I cry for the legacy this loved one leaves, the world has been made different by their presence, I pray that the work You have accomplished in this remarkable life will grow deeper, wider, and stronger in the days to come, You are loved and surely will be miss

G.W. Mericle Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

One of the best neighbors and friend anyone could have in a lifetime. He was more than a friend. He was a part of our family. I will truly miss him but know that he is walking those streets of gold and completely healed and I look forward to seeing him again soon.

Patty Bryant Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM

Loving Prayers and Sympathy to all of the Family, from our Family. He was such a good person and has gained his Heavenly reward!

Erlene H. Brown and Family Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM

I loved Brother Starnes! He was so compassionate and a dedicated servant of our Lord with always a smile and precious greeting for everyone!

Trisha Moseley Oct 11 2020 12:00 AM