b. 14 December 1872, DeKalb Co., TN – d. 6 October 1936, (Masonic emblem), md on the 17th of April 1898, DeKalb Co., TN to Nissie (Bates) Starnes, b. December 1879, Temperance Hall, TN – d. 21 October 1923. Shela Bedford Starnes, s/o Jeremiah "Jere" M. Starnes & Mary Ann Stokes. (Children: Clara Ann, Daily Starnes, Mrs. Kathleen (Starnes) Jackson, and Alton Starnes). (Tombstones states married: 17 April 1896).
(1920 census, 12th Dist., Wilson Co., TN: Dwl: 11 – Shela B. Starnes is head of household, 47 yrs. old, TN md to Nissie N., 40 yrs. old. Children: Alton J., 20 yrs. old; Clara A., 18 yrs. old; Alva D., 16? yrs. old; Daly D., 13 yrs. old & Bonnie S. Starnes, 10 yrs. old. All born in TN).
Prof. Shela Bedford Starnes, age 63, died Tuesday morning at his home on Cedar Street. He had been in impaired health for the past two years and, on last Monday his condition became critical.
He was born and reared in DeKalb County and was a son of Jeremiah M. and Mary Ann Stokes Starnes.
As a young man he attended Prof. Yeargan's Private school in Cookeville. He was married in 1898 to Miss Nissie Bates of DeKalb County.
He taught school continuously for forty two years, without the loss of a single day on account of sickness. He continued to teach until his health became impaired.
He taught principally in DeKalb and Wilson counties, but his last teaching was a principal of Stockton Valley Academy at Helena.
He had been a devoted member of the Baptist Church for many years and was a deacon in the Cookeville Baptist Church for many years and was a deacon in the Cookeville Baptist Church.
With his family he moved from Wilson county to Cookeville sixteen years ago.
He was a splendid Christian gentleman and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Masonic and W. O. W. lodges of this city.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nissie Starnes, and by two sons and three daughers, as follows: Misses Clara and Daily Starnes, Mrs. Kathleen Starnes Jackson and Alton Starnes all of Cookeville; and Prof. Alva Starnes of Gordonsville; and by several grandchildren and also by many other relatives in Putnam and DeKalb counties.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist Church, by the pastor, Rev. Harold Stephens, assisted by the Rev. W. S. Clouse and the Rev. Dow A. Ensor, all of whom paid impressive tributes to the deceased.
Following the funeral services at the Church, burial took place in the Cookeville Cemetery, the services at the grave being conducted by the Cookeville Masonic Lodge.
Jeremiah Moreland Starnes (1844 - 1916)
Mary Ann Stokes Starnes (1846 - 1904)
Nissie Martin Bates Starnes (1879 - 1963)*
Jere Alton Starnes (1899 - 1957)*
Clara Ann Starnes (1901 - 1984)*
Alva D Starnes (1903 - 1975)*
Daly Deane Starnes Bush (1906 - 1979)*
Kathleen Starnes Jackson (1909 - 1964)*
Henry Clay Starnes (1871 - 1911)*
Shela Bedford Starnes (1872 - 1936)
Dora Helen Starnes (1876 - 1881)*
Cookeville City Cemetery
Maintained by: Jerry Roger Starnes
Originally Created by: Larry Moore
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57134294
Added: Jan. 17, 2015