Donald Starkey Jr.


Donald “Don” Duncan Starkey Jr., 69, of Calhoun, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at an Athens medical center.

He was a resident of the Chestuee community and a native of McMinn County. He was the son of the late Don D. Starkey Sr. and Anne June Haynes Starkey, and was also preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Lilly Starkey and William and Bertha Haynes.

He was an E5 sergeant in the Vietnam War, serving from January 1968 to August 1970. He worked for Thomas & Betts for 34 years until he retired. He was a member of Chestuee Baptist Church and served as deacon for 12 years.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Regina Joann “Jodi” Hicks Starkey of Calhoun; one daughter, Candi Bivens of Calhoun; two granddaughters: Mercedes Bivens of Calhoun and Cheyenne McIntosh, and husband, Jason, of Benton; two great-grandchildren: Landon Michael Duncan Bivens and Kaitlyn “Katie Bug” Jones; two step-great-grandchildren, Zayne and Maddyson McIntosh; one sister and brother-in-law, Jo Ann and George Nelms of Benton; two sisters-in-law: Doris and Bill Pressley and Willie Norwood, all of Calhoun; and several special nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Pastor Caleb Leamon officiating, and special speakers Mark Kelly and Gary Moats. He will be laid to rest with military honors in McMinn Memory Gardens at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Joey Hutsell, Clay Jones, Dakota Nelms, Larry Nelms and Kyle Nelms. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason McIntosh, Joey Green, Gary Swafford and Adam Boggess.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Ronald McDonald House, 200 Central Ave., Chattanooga TN 37403, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial Dept. 501, St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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