Oran Odell Starnes Sr.

May 24, 1923February 4, 2014
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HICKORY Oran Odell Starnes Sr., 90, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Oran was born May 24, 1923, in Alexander County, to the late Gus Hilliard Starnes and the late Bertha Bolick Starnes. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Lt. Robert Carson Jr.; brothers, Ernest and Claude; and sisters, Iretha Bolick and Lucy Hefner. Oran was a meter technician by trade and retired from Duke Power after 32 years of service. A devoted and active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Oran was also a lifelong role model for volunteer service. His volunteering began at the age of 18 when he enlisted for military service and served for four years in the 49th Air Service Squadron of the Army Air Force. Most of his military duty was in the South Pacific. Later on, when the Viewmont area of Hickory needed fire protection, he was one of a group who organized the local volunteer fire department. He served faithfully for 20 years. After he became a layryngectomee in 1985, he became very involved in helping others who suffered the same voice condition by joining the New Voice Club, where he served as president for many years. He visited layrngectomees and maintained a loan closet of speech devices. Because he successfully mastered esophageal speech, he was frequently called upon to visit schools and clubs to demonstrate this technique and to talk to children about the dangers of smoking. Up until the age of 86, Oran also regularly volunteered at the Cancer Resource Center of CVMC, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Catawba County Meals on Wheels and Red Cross Blood Mobiles. Oran is survived by his wife of 69 years, Colleen Seabock Starnes and his children, Lynnette Starnes Carson, of Hickory, Oran Odell Starnes Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Hickory and Kathryn Starnes Duarte and husband, Derison, of Chapel Hill. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Robert Lee Carson III and partner, Jose Caraballo, of Washington, D.C., Sarah Carson Phelps and husband, David and their daughters, Avery and Allison, of Greenville, S.C., Susannah Carson Galloway and husband, Michael and their daughter, Berit, of Taylors, S.C., Tyler Odell Starnes, of Hickory, Joshua James Starnes, of Richmond, Va., Abigail Renee Starnes, of Hickory, Alyssa Ruth Starnes, of Greenville, N.C. and Marshall Ray Duarte, of Chapel Hill. Also surviving are his sister, Beulah Bowman, of Bethlehem; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Steve Brittain. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory, officiated by Pastor David R. Keck and Vicar Rebecca Lord. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the burial. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 48. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N. Center St., Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be made online at www. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, February 8, 2014



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Al Jeffery Lail

February 15, 2014

Always knew Oran as a true role model and inspiration. I had the honor of being part of his extended family through his wife's relatives so we always enjoyed his affable manner and grace during family gatherings. He set a wonderful example of how to live a life well and will be sorely missed. We were all lucky to have a chance to share some of our lives with him. We wish Coleen and his family peace and comfort especially during their time of grief.

Patty Mesuch-Scronce

February 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Oran's passing. He was such a sweet man and always had a smile on his face in church. He will be greatly missed by many. Coleen and family - you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Peace be with you, Patty Mesuch-Scronce

February 10, 2014

I am so very sorry for the passing of your father. You have wonderful memories that will last the rest of your life.
Love you,
Rachel Hahn

Frankie Speagle

February 10, 2014

Oran always had a smile on his face and greeted me every time we saw each other at church. He was a good role model as well. May the peace of Christ be with all who morn his passing.

David & Debbie Icenhour

February 9, 2014

What a great blessing having a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather in your life, you guys are going to surely miss him but have comfort that he is finally home with God.

Paul Bolick

February 8, 2014

Coleen and family,
So sorry for your lost. Sorry we could not stay and talk to you at the service. Oran will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul & Sandy Bolick

Barbara Hilton

February 8, 2014

Oran was a wonderful man. He was the best neighbor a person could ask for. He was always willing to help with any endeavor. I never saw Oren without a smile on his face. What a legacy he leaves behind. A true man of God, an example for all. Although heaven has gained a saint he will be terribly missed in this world below. He was always so good to us!

Tom Thompson

February 8, 2014

What an honor to have met you Mr. Starnes. Some men build kingdoms here on earth. You, Mr. Starnes have lived a life of service and for God's kingdom. May God bless your family and extended family. A life well lived.

Tyler Starnes

February 7, 2014

A great man that will truly be missed. Love you Grandpa

Philip McGuire

February 7, 2014

It was a blessing to have Oran Starnes as a neighbor while I was growing up. He was a good man who lived a Christian life and was a fantastic example for others to follow. His legacy will not only be the way he lived, but also the fine children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren he influenced by his life. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.