COLEMAN — Funeral services for Don E. Starnes of Coleman will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kermit Sorrells officiating, and the eulogy given by Neil Hudson. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.
He died Saturday, June 28, 2008, in an Abilene hospital.
He was born in Borger, the son of M. L. and Lizzie Mae Dyer Starnes, and grew up in Coleman. He served in the Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. He was married to Mary C. Close on Nov. 13, 1948. He was a banker and loan officer for many years with First Coleman National Bank. He was a director and helped to organize the Coleman Industrial Foundation, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, a member and director of the Coleman Rodeo Association and the Junior Rodeo Association, was a member of the Airport Board, the American Legion VFW.
He served as an adult 4-H Leader, helped organize Little League and Senior League Baseball programs and was coach and manager for those teams. He was also active with the American Cancer Society and served as the Drive Chairman, chairman of the American Red Cross, and a charter member and first president of the Evening Lions Club. He was a 50-year member of the Coleman Masonic Lodge, member of the Scottish Rite and Suez Temple and was president of the Double C Riding Club. He was a member and trustee of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Rebuilding Committee and the Administrative Board.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Starnes; nephews and families, Gary Hector, Kathy, Denny, Jennifer, Stephanie all of Austin, Devan Hector, Tristen Bayless, Zachery Hector all of Austin, Larry Hector, Cathy, Alicia and Anthony all of Austin; nieces and families, Jane Taylor of Arlington, Jean Coulter of Arlington, Kathleen Tims of Austin; Jason Tims, Katie, Isaiah, Ainsley all of Arlington; and cousins, Bob and Jacki Bucci of San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his son, Donald E. Starnes Jr.; his parents, M. L. and Lizzie Mae Starnes; and sisters, Lera Simpson and Dorothy Jean Honeycutt.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.