L. Wade Starr

August 27, 1928October 2, 2015

Wade Starr, 87, of Dallas passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015 at a local Dallas hospital. He will always be remembered as a generous, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all that knew and loved him. He was born in Dallas, Texas on August 27, 1928 to Luther and Alice Rutledge Starr. After his father’s death in 1937, his mother married M. D. (Bob) Holston with whom he enjoyed a close father-son relationship. His mother and step-father owned A&B Transfer and Storage Company and he began working in the business at an early age. He graduated from Jesuit Preparatory School in 1946. He attended Southern Methodist University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with a major in Accounting) in 1949 and a Juris Doctorate in 1963. He received his license to practice Law in 1963 and continued to practice in the firm of Goodstein & Starr, P. C. until his retirement January 1, 1996. He served in the U. S. Naval Reserve from June 23, 1948 until January 6, 1953 when he enlisted in the U. S. Navy for active duty. He was honorably discharged October 29, 1954. His passion for photography and swimming began in his youth. In later years, it would include family history and genealogical research. In his retirement years, much of his time was devoted to working with several genealogical societies. He published a book of photos, testimonials and family history dedicated to his maternal grandmother Mary Magdeline McAlister. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and just spending time at his condo on the Texas Coast. Survivors include his wife Joy Turner Star; daughters: Ann Conner and Dana Bates (husband Leland); grandchildren: Michael Wade, Erin, Meghan and Drew Conner, Nikki Crocker and Taylor Bates; great grandchildren: Morgan Conner, Katlyn and Kai Crocker, Austin and Garrett Hill, Preston Bates; brother-in-law Don Turner, sister-in-law Edwina Dye; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step-father. A Funeral Service will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Online condolences can be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest .com.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 7, 2015
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 8, 2015

L. Wade Starr

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October 8, 2015

Joy and family, Jim and I were sorry to hear of Wade's death. He was an admirable man, valuable to the Ganns and all who knew him. May God keep you in his care.
Joy Gann Brown

mona lambert

October 5, 2015

Joy I am so sorry for your loss. Wade and you had a very special marriage. Joy you have lost your best friend ,Wade was a very loving and caring man he really took good care of you. I know he will be missed very much.

Charlie Gann

October 5, 2015

Joy and Family,So sorry to hear about Wade's death. We had so many good times together and always found time to conduct the business of the historical society. I hope the great memories and our Creator give you comfort at this time.


October 5, 2015