Joe Derrell Starnes


(May 2, 1938 – February 7, 2024)

Joe Derrell Starnes was born on May 2, 1938, and was from the Wilson Community, Comanche County. He passed away at the age of 85, on February 7, 2024, peacefully at his home surrounded by many of his loved ones. Joe was very versatile in his hobbies as well as occupations. He enjoyed trap shooting, leatherwork, woodworking/carving, hunting, and fishing, and was an avid domino player. Joe’s ability to train border collie pups to be working cattle dogs shined a light on yet another one of his many talents. Joe’s life was an example of ensuring everyone was treated fairly and would help anyone in need. 

When it came to working, he was well-skilled and applied it to everything that came his way. He was a Bundle Boy for the Dublin Sewing Room, a Lineman and Serviceman for Texas Electric in Midland, Texas, and a Blacksmith in Carlton, Texas. He went on to own a dairy in Wilson and this led to being a water well serviceman. In his retirement, he spent his time outdoors as a cattle rancher. 

Survived by his wife, Martha Nell Hancock Starnes, they met in Dublin on a double date and the rest is history. He is also survived by son, Curtis, wife Morgan, son Keith, wife Belinda, daughter Pam Yarborough, husband Cody. Grandchildren: Joshua, Jalea, Chelsea, Taylor, Mitchell, and Annabelle. He also had 9 great grandchildren. Numerous surviving nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Nora Starnes, and grandsons Jason Starnes and David Starnes. 

A special thank you to CCS Hospice for their loving care and support. 

Memorials can be made to Laurel Street United Methodist Church in care of: Ken Lunsford at 639 E Live Oak Street, Dublin, Texas 76446. 

Funeral Arrangements: 

Visitation will be on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 6:00-8:00pm at Harrell Funeral Home, 112 N Camden Street, Dublin, Texas 76446. 

Services will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 2:00pm at Harrell Funeral Home, 112 N Camden Street, Dublin, Texas 76446. 

Joe will be laid to rest at Pecan Cemetery immediately following the services.

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