Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX


Wardell Donald Starling Jr.

December 16, 1951August 31, 2019
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Wardell Donald Starling Jr., Age 67, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on August 31, 2019. He was born in Bullard, Texas on December 16, 1951.

Wardell graduated from Fred Douglas High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Economics from Prairie View A&M University.

Wardell worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 4 years after which he relocated to Texas and managed many restaurant chains. Wardell was baptized at the South Union Church of Christ on January 4, 1982 and was a faithful member.

On June 26, 1982 Wardell united in marriage to Anita Newsome Starling and to this union three children were born. He was a devoted husband and loving father who cared for all who came in his midst. He was kind, thoughtful, and very smart. He made everyone laugh and he would go out of his way to make you feel accepted and comfortable. He was such a loving individual who did not hesitate to offer anyone his very last. Wardell had a passion for sports, music, and cooking. He loved God and he loved meeting new people.

Wardell later worked for American General Life Insurance Company as an insurance agent and he retired after 20 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hezzie and Anna Witcher, Edgar and Lomie Starling, his parents, Wardell Starling Sr. and Verion Starling, and his sister, Novella Starling Williams. He is survived by his wife Anita Newsome Starling of 37 years, his brother Tommy Starling (Yvonne Long-Starling), two sons and daughter, Wardell Donald Starling III (Ericka Starling) of Katy, Texas, Shaka Starling of Houston, Texas, and his daughter Roxanne Starling Hodges (Keith Hodges Jr.) of Conroe, Texas: three grandchildren, Emma Mo’Ne Hodges, Keith Hodges III, Sophia Elizabeth Starling, his niece, Shauna Williams Thomas (Stacey Thomas) and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation for Wardell will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:30pm-8pm at Forest Park The Woodlands, 18000 I-45S, The Woodlands, TX 77384. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11am, at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


  • Jim Ricks, Active Pallbearer
  • Tommy Starling, Active Pallbearer
  • Wardell Starling III, Active Pallbearer
  • Shaka Starling, Active Pallbearer
  • Cedric Starling, Active Pallbearer
  • Travis Thompson Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Thompson, Active Pallbearer
  • Calvin Harris, Active Pallbearer
  • Brent Cobb, Active Pallbearer
  • Omar Washington, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, September 7, 2019


Wardell Donald Starling Jr.

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Glenda Faye Goree

September 14, 2019

Anita and family
I am sadden to learn of the passing of Wardell. I will remember him fondly. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.


Madison Manyawu

September 9, 2019

To: Auntie Anita, Roxy, Shaka, and Bubba

Uncle Wardell was an extra ordinary human being, a memorable face, personality and spirit wherever he was present! He created endless memories, for me, all of my games he attended, the hilarious “the mouth” jokes, and all of the cracking he did at our family engagements. He was a smiling face, and a cheerful beacon of light! You all carry his legacy, and were so blessed to have the intimate relationship’s you did. I’m grateful to have called him family, and to have the connection I do to all of you. This too shall pass, God never leaves us nor forsakes us, and I know in this difficult season he will keep you close. I love you guys 💛

Rhonda Denet-Weems

September 7, 2019

Dear Anita, Roxanne, Wardell and Shaka, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you guys. So many memories come flooding back to my mind. All the time we spent at each others homes in Spring. Love you with all my heart. May God give you peace, comfort and strength. Philippians 4:6-8.

Vera Crayton

September 7, 2019

Surely you are not walking alone at this time. The God of the universe will never leave you nor forsake you. Only God and time will heal your broken heart. Please remember you have many who love you, and we are praying that God's grace and mercy will sustain you, as you face all of your tomorrows.

Ronnie & Artelia Palmer

September 6, 2019

With our deepest sympathy, we send our condolences to the Starlings. Like so many, we were blessed to have known dear Brother Wardell and call him a friend. He unselfishly gave so much of his time mentoring and being a positive role model, both in the church and community. The Palmer children definitely benefited from his caring nature and guidance. We sincerely thank God for bringing him and the Starling Family into our lives. Love Always.
The Palmers

Karl DuConge’ Jr.

September 6, 2019

Dear Starling Family, I too was deeply saddened by hearing of Wardell’s passing. He was a great Husband, Father and Friend. He left us way too young. The memories we shared over the years I will always cherish...and yes I will always remember that beautiful smile!

Kris DuConge’

September 6, 2019

Mrs. Starling, Roxanne, Wardell III, Shaka and family... Like many I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Starling. He was a second father figure to me growing up throughout all the baseball games we shared together. I will never forget the screwball action on his fastball when he threw batting practice. I will always remember the good times and his incredible smile! Mr. Starling was a wonderful man. Your family is in my prayers. I love you all.

Joe Lagowski

September 6, 2019

Anita and family, I wanted to take the time to tell you how sorry Gail and I are for your loss. The times we spent together chasing baseball players will never be forgotten. Your husband was a very upstanding, classy gentleman and it was my honor to call him my friend. God bless you all.

Cynthia Jones-Mayes

September 6, 2019

To my Dear Friend Anita Starling...We are truly saddened by the loss of your beloved husband, Wardell Donald Starling lll🙏🏽.
To our family Wardell was a dear friend, like a brother, like an uncle and just a Good Guy!! We will miss him but he will always remain in our hearts. May the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit keep you and the family in your time of need. Please remember these words “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” May Wardell Rest In Peace . Love you ~ Cynthia Jones-Mayes and family💕


September 6, 2019

Our hearts goes out to you
Our minds feel your sadness
Our souls sing a lullaby for you
Our hopes are that you find peace
Our prayers hope that you know the promise of heaven is deep within your heart
Love from your friends at the
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