Reverend James A. Starnes

Jan 15, 2013

Loving Husband, Father

LAKE JUNALUSKA — The Rev. James Allen Starnes, 76, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at The Homestead.

The Rev. Starnes was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Mooresville, son of the late James J. and Allie Robinson Starnes.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ralph E. Starnes.

The Rev. Starnes is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Myrtle Amelia McNeill Starnes; his three children, Katherine Amelia Starnes, of Hickory, James Allen Starnes II, and his wife, Tiffiney, of Harker Heights, Texas, and William Cannon Starnes, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; two grandchildren, Mason Allen Starnes and Megan Elizabeth Starnes, who were loved dearly by their “Papaw;” and a sister-in-law, Susan Starnes, of Tampa.

The Rev. Starnes earned two master’s degrees, the first degree in theology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the second in psychological counseling from East Carolina University, Greenville. He also participated for several years in the Duke University Scholars Program.  He taught behavioral sciences at Southeastern Community College, Whiteville,  served several United Methodist churches in Eastern North Carolina, and also worked as a chaplain in the North Carolina prison system.  He retired to Lake Junaluska in 1996, where he spent some of the happiest days of his life enjoying the area’s natural beauty, playing golf and writing and publishing inspirational literature.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC  28745.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An online memorial register is available at

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