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Barry Wayne Starnes

November 27, 1940November 4, 2019

Barry Wayne Starnes, 78, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. Barry was born November 27, 1940 to Clayton and Ruth Starnes in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Barry, a proud Marine of the Vietnam era and retired Navy Reservist, was a long-time volunteer at the Mayo Clinic with almost 9000 hours service in spite of mobility issues. He was well liked for his sense of humor and outgoing nature as well as his love of great spy-mystery novels. He never met a stranger and thoroughly enjoyed what he did. He was always grateful and appreciated his blessings. He was especially thankful for his daughter-in-law, Melissa Cooper-Starnes, who helped him and Claire for several years in so many ways.

Barry is survived by his wife, Claire, his sons Douglas (sp. Melissa) and Edmund (sp. Misty), six grandchildren, two sisters, and a wide-spread group of family and friends that will sorely miss him going forward.

Barry will be laid to rest at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, with full honors, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to a Veterans' organization or to the Mayo Clinic.


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Matthew Tocco

November 17, 2019

A good friend for many years. You are and will always be missed.

Rest well sir.

Karen Rogers

November 15, 2019

What can I say about Uncle Barry. He is a Angel in heaven now with Granny and Papa. Uncle Barry could sing and play the guitar. My sister would purposely mess up her guitar and ask him tune it for her. That's how we would get him to play for us.

I will always remember his deep voice, laughter and his smile.

Bob Rood

November 14, 2019

I was privileged to work with Barry for about 11 years.. He was one of the most interesting people I have known. In spite of numerous physical difficulties, he was willing to give his time to Mayo. I am praying for God’s peace and comfort for Claire and all of his family. We will miss him greatly, but know that he is being taken care of and is receiving the rewards that are so richly deserved. Bob Rood

Bonny Abernathy

November 13, 2019

To my Uncle Barry who could put a smile on anyone’s face. He was such an inspiration to our family and to everyone that knew him. I will miss seeing you every Monday at Mayo and having our little chats and catching up . You were loved more than you know by so many people. I will miss all the nurses saying Uncle Barry called to see if you were working today and just hearing your voice. Love you so much.

Christy Ruggiero

November 13, 2019

I volunteer at Mayo Clinic and I always looked forward to saying hello to Barry. He had a kind word for everyone and enjoyed connecting with people and offering a smile. I will miss seeing him. Sending love to the family.