|Death: ||Oct. 27, 2008|
North Carolina, USA
BURLINGTON — Mr. Don Starling, 73, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2008, at Duke Hospital following four months of declining health and one week critical illness.
A celebration of Don's life will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, October 30, at Graham Presbyterian Church.
Don was a man who loved his family, his church, and his community and served all of them faithfully over his lifetime. He especially enjoyed all things Carolina and his train hobby. He will be missed greatly by all those who loved him and by those whom he served. He was the best and most devoted husband, father, and grandfather we could have wanted.
Born and raised in Alamance County, he graduated from Williams High School in 1953 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957. Go Heels! He was employed at Glen Raven Mills for over 30 years as an accounting supervisor and later assistant treasurer. He was in his 5th year of service on the Burlington City Council. Prior to his service on the council, he served as the chair of the Burlington Planning and Zoning Commission for 25 years.
Don grew up attending East Burlington Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Priscilla, have been active parishioners of Graham Presbyterian Church for the last 35 years where he served on the Board of Deacons as session trustee and on various committees. He was a long time member of the Burlington Civitan Club, Young Life, Hospice League, Salvation Army Board, United Way, Burlington Downtown Corp., Alamance Arts Council, Alamance County Transportation Association, and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Don participated in Relay for Life and Crop Walk for many years.
Don is survived by his wife of 35 years, Priscilla Holt Starling and four children, Stephanie Starling Basirico and her husband, Larry, Beth Starling Gauldin and her husband, Terry, Holly Holt Riley and Franz Holt and his wife, Leigh. He adored his grandchildren, Sidney Holt, Skyler Holt, Michael Basirico, Bridget Basirico and Jonathan Basirico.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Frances E. Starling; his son-in-law, Charlie Riley and his beloved dog, Nicholas.
Published in the News Record on 10/29/2008
Specifically: Celebration of Life
Created by: David Clay
Record added: Nov 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31481933
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on. Cherished memories will never fade, because one loved is gone. Those we love can never be, more than a thought apart, for as long as there is a memory, they live with in our heart.|
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