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John Kenneth Starling

John Kenneth Starling, age 79, departed from this life to his heavenly home on August 17, 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Branch Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, Highway 96 N, Selma, NC. Rev. Rickey Evans, Rev. Terry Dennis, Rev. Mr. Charles L. Renfrow will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites, conducted by Thomas R. Jackson. The family will receive friends at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma, Tuesday night, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Hilda Renfrow Starling; a daughter, Deidra Starling Creech and husband Vernon of Selma; two grandchildren, Melissa Creech Monroe and husband David of Irving, TX, Jordan Andrew Creech and wife Jessica of Selma; and great grandsons, Jordan Andrew Creech, Jr., and James Roland Creech; and brothers, James Keith Starling and wife Elizabeth of Raleigh, and Nathan Eugene Starling and wife Jo of Orlanda, FL; and sisters, Alma Starling Johnson of Raleigh, Ruth Starling Woodall and husband Ray of Selma, and Marie Starling Honeycutt of Selma; several special nieces and nephews and their families; his adopted mom, Mrs. Ruby Davis of Smithfield; his extended family Ian and Barbara Hobson and children of Selma; and his special little canine friend, “Toy”.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Willie E. and Sallie H. Renfrow NC Foundation for Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 210, Mt. Olive, NC 28365-0210.

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