OBITUARY

Richard "Charlie" Lee Starner

May 26, 1977April 19, 2021
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Charlie Starner was born as Richard Lee Starner on May 26, 1977 to Judy Starner and Rick Boggess. He was raised in Miami, WV with his grandmother Shirley Starner. He loved his sisters Betty Crum (Cliff), Donna Murch (Dave), and Desare Cripe (David).

To Charlie, family was everything and he sure loved his. He leaves behind his wife Shannon, daughters, Cassidy and Morgan, only son Parker Lee. The highlights of his day were his granddaughters, Remi James Wendell and Charlee Rose Curry.

He was known for his hard work, often working 15 hours a day of physical labor, a loving hand to any stranger who needed help, squealing tires on his truck, collecting junk, never turning down a fight, and spending hours in his yard playing with Remi James. He loved buying us kids anything and everything but also wanting us to work hard every day. He had many favorite sayings: Give it some hell, How do you do it, you can lie to your friends, I can lie to mine but let’s not lie to each other. He was always the first to show up and the last to leave whether it was work or a family gathering.

Our dad faced many struggles in life and, during a hard time his sister in law sent him a quote that he carried with him at all times: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Our family knows that what lies within him is now peace and no suffering. His last words to our mom was “I’ll find you”. We sure can’t wait to see you again.

Our family would like to say a special thank you to Memorial, STICU nurses for doing everything possible to make sure our dad and family was comfortable in these times.

As an avid landscaper, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, plant a tree or flower in his memory and take a minute to enjoy each day. You're never guaranteed tomorrow.

A walk through Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday April 23, 2021 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden. Cremation will be honored.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is mandated by the Governor and the CDC that proper facial coverings be worn and that social distancing be observed. Temperatures will be taken upon entry to the funeral home.

The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Services

  • Walk Through Celebration Of Life

    Friday, April 23, 2021

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Richard "Charlie" Lee Starner

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Morgan Stanley

May 5, 2021

Oh Charlie...
I’ve debated what I could possibly say about you. I’ve continually spoken on how great of a paps you were, however that’s not what this memory is about. If you could see how many tears I’ve shed over the last couple weeks, you would never know there was a time that I wasn’t very fond of you. You and I had many go arounds when I was a child that now, I laugh at. As an adult, I realized it took a lot of character to take on children that were not your own, and treat them as they are. I also realized how above and beyond you went for us, to ensure we had a good childhood, and continued to do so for us kids as adults. I like to believe you and I came to a mutual feeling with each other, that you weren’t my first dad, but you were in fact, one of my dads. There is tremendous heartbreak in learning how to live in a world that you are no longer apart of. I wish I could go back and tell you thank you again. You gave us an amazing life. You were an amazing dad. And even though I said this wasn’t about you as a grandpa, you were the best at that too. My girls love you, and I love you. Thank you Charlie. A part of you helped make me into who I am today. I will look forward to the day I can thank you, again...

Melissa Wilfong

May 5, 2021

I was not fortunate enough to know Charlie as well as I would have liked to in the past five years. However, I feel like I do know Charlie. Charlie was a family man who rose high above his obstacles in life. I see Charlie in the kids I serve who fight battles everyday. They are the ones who rarely speak of their troubles, but always think of others before themselves. Charlie loved to feed those who needed fed, treat kids to goodies, and spoil his family. He loved a good day of hard work and having a sense of purpose. I can only hope that my students who face unspoken trauma become such a good man as Charlie Starner.

Josh Clendenin

April 29, 2021

To the man that took me in many years ago when he didn’t have to. You helped me get through a very tough time in my life and I don’t know if I ever told you how much it meant to me . You helped me get my first real job and you were always quick to make someone laugh. I’ll forever use the things you taught me and you better believe I’ll never forget you. “ You can lie to your friends and I’ll lie to mine but we ain’t gonna lie to each other “( I use this line everyday at work). Till we see you again

Seth Wendell

April 29, 2021

Nearly two weeks have went by since we said goodbye. Two weeks straight that I’ve felt those tears fall from my eyes as I looked into the sky just to say I love you big guy! Over the years you taught me many things but the one thing I hold onto the most is you taught me how to enjoy life again. Taught me to not worry about the little things and to enjoy the life I have been given. I want to say Thank You for being the paps you were to my little girl. Remi James adored you, she thought you were the greatest thing walking this earth. That’s all because you took the time to show her love and attention. I picked her up the other day and she looked at me and asked “daddy do you know where paps is” with tears in my eyes I said yes baby daddy knows where paps is. She responded with “paps is in heaven with Jesus” fly high Charlie, I just have to ask you one thing, How do you do it? Because even though you are in heaven you still continue to make us smile here on earth. Rest In Peace Charlie, I love you!

Dawn Brisendine

April 28, 2021

Rest easy my brother n law! Thanks for all the beach trips we were able to take as a family because of you. The memories made on those trips are some of the best memories of my life. Thanks for taking care of the girls like they were your own. And watching you with Remi was truly heartwarming. They’ll never be another
“ Paps” like you.
I hope you knew how much you are loved and will be missed. R.I.P

Cassidy Stanley

April 25, 2021

My shot gun rider, my right hand man. My best friend. Theres no other way to describe you and the impact you had in my life. You never once looked us me as a “step” child. You never once made me feel different. I have vivid memories of you rubbing my back till I fell asleep as a child, us skipping school, the countless vacations of you driving us and trying to beat your record of time from the year before (and we better not have to go to the bathroom on the way) the evening ice cream cone you needed at the beach, the laughs. Oh how we sure did laugh. I will never be able to out do you, but I will do everything in my power to keep your memory alive, well and wild.
The first one to show up, and the last one leave. Thats us paps. I love you always.

Larry Rogers

April 23, 2021

Oh Charlie boy, I can’t even imagine a world without you in it. Whether it be down on this earth or high in the heavens above. I am so heavy hearted right now and overcome with much emotion thinking about you and all the times you made me laugh. How many times did you stop by our home in Chelyan and I would drive you across Lens creek mountain time and time again in your courtin days. Well you’re crossing much bigger and higher mountains now. I was told there are givers and takers in this life. You were definitely the first. Giving and giving and giving. You loved to bring happiness and laughter to others. Maybe, just maybe, I might know some folks that will find you my friend ♥️

Danessa Brisendine

April 22, 2021

Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss sweetheart. Praying for your comfort.
Aunt Duck.

Billy Mcdonald

April 22, 2021

Rest Easy Charlie tell my brother jimmy lee and my mom i said hi and that i love them hold it down in heaven bro i love ya

Gina Fugate

April 21, 2021

Charlie I will never forget you buddy! You were loved by me,I just pray you knew that growing up! Prayers for family as I know hearts are ripped into! Wish I had known you were sick...

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