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Shirley Jane Starkey, 81
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McMinnville resident and Warren County native, Shirley Jane Starkey, 81, was born Jan. 17, 1941 and died Sept. 5, 2022 at her residence following an extended illness.           

A retired office manager from Allstate Insurance and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, she was the daughter of the late Herman B. and Minnie Wood Black.  She was married to Paul Starkey of McMinnville on Aug. 25, 1957.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Loucille Hudson and four brothers, Benny Black, John Black, Michael Black and Freddie Black.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Starkey is survived by four children, Paul (Debbie) Starkey, Jr. of McMinnville, Teressa (Mark) Sullivan of Spencer, and Mike (Hilda) Starkey and Melissa (Daniel) Campbell, both of McMinnville; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; five brothers, William (Teresa) Black, David Black, Richard (Jennene) Black and Gary (Linda) Black, all of McMinnville, and Roger (Jean) Black of Murfreesboro; two sisters, Peggy (James) Earls of McMinnville, and Betty (Walter) Griffin of Smithville, and three sisters-in-law, Nadine Black, Joy Black and Linda Black, both of McMinnville.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 in High’s Chapel with Rick Lyles and Daniel Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Faulkner Cemetery at Pike Hill in Warren County. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at High Funeral Home.

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High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 7, 2022