Services for John Will (J.W.) Starks, age 80, of Troy, Ala., who died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Troy Regional Medical Center in Troy, Ala., will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Brundidge, Ala., with Rev. Nathaniel Larkin officiating.
Burial will follow at the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Brundidge, Ala.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. on
Monday, April 20, 2009 at George F. Grubbs Funeral Home, Troy, Ala.
John Will (J.W.) Starks was born Sept. 6, 1928 in Pike County, Ala., to the late Amose Starks and the late Etta Starks. He was raised by a loving grandmother, the late Claudie Starks.
At an early age, he joined the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, but later in life he united with Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church, where he remained until he was called home. He was a member of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir, he served as a Missionary worker, and he was retired from Dale County Co-Op in Ariton, Ala.
He was preceded death by his Mother, Etta Starks, father, Amose Starks, Grandmother, Claudie Starks, Grandfather, John Henry Starks, two brothers, John Culvin and Eddie Starks, and a twin sister at birth.
J. W. leaves to cherish his loving memories: two sons, John Carl Starks of Quincy, Fla., and Johnny Charles Starks of Brundidge, Ala.; two daughters, Ethel Starks Kenner of Marianna, Fla., and Flossy Starks of Quincy, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 21 great – grandchildren; a devoted friend, Mae Ola Collins, and her three sons and their families, Jack Collins of Columbus, Ga., Eddie and Craig Collins of Montgomery, Ala.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.