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Obituary for William Lester "Bill" Starkey

William L. Starkey, 80, of New Martinsville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital while surrounded by his family.

Bill was born on July 9, 1942, in New Martinsville, WV son of the late James and Virginia (Cross) Starkey.

Bill was married to his childhood sweetheart, Barbara (Johnson) Starkey for sixty-two years. He was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. Bill enjoyed camping and spent the last several years camping with his wife and friends during the spring and fall. He loved to garden and cook, well known for making the best homemade ice cream and fudge. Bill had a huge heart for his family and loved having his house full of grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2002, Bill accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized and joined the First Church of God in New Martinsville. He served on the church board for several years and loved helping out with Children’s Ministries. Bill was a retiree of PPG, spending all thirty-eight years of service in the Chlorine Department with much of that time running the mercury circuit.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Starkey.

In addition to his wife, Barbara Starkey he is survived by his five children, Debra (Richard) Hicks, Bill (Theresa) Starkey, Chuck (Michelle) Starkey, Dan (Melissa) Starkey all of New Martinsville, WV and Jamie Rustemeyer of Gahanna, OH; eleven grandchildren, Abby (Kyle) Coyne, Tom (Emily) Rustemeyer, Molly (Dexter) Hazel, Cody (Jennifer) Hicks, Leah (Joe) Malone, Courtney Starkey, Paige Rustemeyer, Emily (Jason) Long, Jacob Starkey, Levi Starkey, Kurt (Samantha) Starkey; eleven great-grandchildren and brother, Jim Starkey of Huntington, WV.

Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, 1224 S Bridge St., New Martinsville where services will be held 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2023 with Pastor Dan Betts officiating. Burial to follow in Craig’s Chapel Cemetery near New Martinsville, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craig’s Chapel Cemetery, 427 Church Lane, New Martinsville, WV 26155.