“I was that, which others cared not to be. I went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those that gave nothing, and reluctantly, accepted the thought of eternal loneliness …
Should I fail, I have seen the face of terror, felt the chill of fear, warmed to the touch of love. I have hoped, pained and cried but, foremost, lived in times others would say best forgotten, at the very least in later days, I will be able to say with the greatest pride, that indeed I was a soldier.”
KINGSPORT — Steve Anthony Starnes, 25, of Kingsport, passed away August 10th, 2011.
Steve was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on February 13, 1986, and was the son of Connie Bentley and Tony Starnes. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
He was a 2004 graduate of Sullivan South High School. He was an Army veteran, having served two tours in Iraq with Apache Company 4th Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment (Stryker), Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was a full time student, attending Northeast State and employed at Petsmart in Johnson City, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his maternal granddad, Drex Jones.
He is survived by his parents, Connie and Don Bentley; daughter, Maddie Starnes and her mother, Brittany Starnes; step-sister, Casey Littell and husband, Lester; step-brother, Matt Bentley and wife, Ashley; maternal grandmother, Frances Jones; aunt, Sharon Jones, and uncle, Kenny Jones and wife, Kathy; cousins, Nick Jones, Jordan Jones and Lucas Jones; aunt, Judy Light and husband, Junior; cousins, Juanita Harwood, Jeneen Smith and John Light.
He is also survived by his father, Anthony Wayne Starnes; half-brother, Michael Starnes; paternal grandparents, Bobbie and Ginger Starnes; aunt, Kim Starnes-Mickow; cousin, Kristi Jayne; uncle, Micky Starnes and wife, Gina; and cousins, Logan Starnes and Megan Starnes; Best friends, Stephen Fuchs and Brandon Willingham.
Military graveside services will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee, on Friday, August 12, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Chaplain Richard Willis officiating. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 3/265.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Wounded Warriors Project at http://woundedwarriorproject.org, 1-877-832-6997.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Steve Anthony Starnes. (423) 378-3134