Sophie Barrett Starling

28 July, 193125 April, 2021

HOPKINS – A graveside service for Sophie Barrett Starling, 89, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Starling died Sunday, April 25, 2021. Born in Manning, SC, she was a daughter of the late John Edward Barrett and Hattie Cutter Barrett. A graduate of Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, she later graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She began her nursing career at Columbia Hospital and retired as Director of Nursing from Richland Memorial after 32 years. She was an avid Gamecock fan “Go Cocks” and was an active member of Kathwood Baptist Church for many years. Sophie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.

Surviving are her daughter, Edwina “Wina” S. McRae of Hopkins, SC; two grandsons, James Edward “J.E.” Neeley and Tyler V. McRae; three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Levi, and Raylin Neeley; and numerous nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, J. E. Starling. Sophie was one of ten children, and was also predeceased by her five brothers, and four sisters.

Memorials may be made to Kathwood Baptist Church, 4900 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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