Fred B. Starnes

      It is with much sadness and sorrow we will try to
attempt to write the obituary of Fred B. Starnes. Fred was
born on May 15, 1930 in Scott County, Virginia to the
late Elbert N. and Ruby Quillen Starnes. God called
Fred home on July 7, 2005 at his home in Gray, Tennessee,
after a long battle with cancer.
     Fred was a retired coal miner, member of U.M.W.A. and a member
of the Baptist faith.
     He was married to Imogene Conley Starnes for 57 years. Surviving,
other than his wife, are five daughters, Fredia Jean (James)
Looney of Elkhorn City, KY, Susan (Glen) Miller and Rebecca
Duggar, both of London, Kentucky, Debbie Jones (Johnnie) of
Stanford, Kentucky, and Tiffinani Starnes, at home; three sons,
Stephen Gregory (Darlene) Starnes of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Allen
(Charlotte) Starnes of Gray, Tennessee, and Tommy Lee (Lisa) Starnes
of Piney Flats, Tennessee; four brothers, Ray Starnes, Howard Glen
Starnes, Cecil Starnes, and Lester Starnes; one sister, Kathleen Starnes
Bowers; and 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren, Dana Allen
Starnes, Christopher Brian Jones, and Michael Dewayne Jones, and
one great grandson, Charles Wizz Miller.
     Fred spent most of his time with friends and family. We feel that
Fred is at rest where there is no pain or troubles to come about. The
family feels our loss is Heaven’s gain.

When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And only remember the smile,
Forget unkind words I have spoken,
Remember some good I have
Forget I ever had heartache
And remember I had loads of fun,
Forget I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way,
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day,
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay,
And come in the shade of evening.
When the sun paints the sky in the west,
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.