KINGSPORT — Evelyn Love Starnes, 80, Kingsport, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
Born in Carter County, she had resided most of her life in Kingsport. Evelyn was a graduate of Happy Valley High School, class of 1948, and also from East Tennessee State College, class of 1952, with a degree in physical education.
She worked as a secretary at Holston Defense from 1952-1961, while working there she met and married Patrick H. Starnes from Fort Blackmore, VA, in 1959. Evelyn was a homemaker and a longtime member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Philosophy Sunday School Class. She was an avid sports fan, most particularly the UT Lady Vols.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick H. Starnes; parents, Alfred and Gertrude Love; and brother, Robert Love.
Evelyn is survived by daughter, Sarah S. Delinger and husband, Kevin, of Hyattsville, MD; son, Steven P. Starnes and wife, Lori, of Celina, OH; three grandchildren, Amanda S. Hagedon and husband, Matt, Elizabeth J. Starnes and Peter H. Starnes; two sisters, Mary Jo Allen, of Elizabethton, TN, and Anne Balch, of Jefferson City, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2012, from 5-7:00 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson, Kingsport.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Weikel officiating.
Interment will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 301 Louis Street, Suite 304, Kingsport, TN 37660; or the First Broad Street United Methodist Church Carpenters Helpers Program, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37662.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Evelyn Love Starnes.