John "Jab'o" Henry Starks

October 26, 1937May 1, 2018

Mr. John Henry Jab’O Starks, a resident of Mobile, AL, born in Clarke County, October 26, 1937, departed this life on May 1, 2018 at his residence. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Naomi T. Starks, two children; Sonya, P. Starks, and Mark (Benita) Starks. He is also survived by two grandchildren; Lyah Shea Smith, Mark Sean Starks, II, two sisters; Sallie M. Bumpers, Harkers Heights, TX, Ruth Brown, Mobile, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends. Funeral services will be held on May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cottage Hill. The family will receive family and friends from 10:00 a. m. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to Cancer Research in the memory of John H. Starks. Condolences may be offered at


  • Naomi T. Starks, Wife
  • Sonya P. Starks, Daughter
  • Mark Starks (Benita), Son
  • Lyah Shea Smith, Granddaughter
  • Mark Sean Starks II, Grandson
  • Sallie Bumpers, Sister
  • Ruth Brown, Sister
  • He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 12, 2018


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Elijah Coleman III

May 7, 2018

Jabo was a uniquely talented fellow musician and drummer; but most importantly he was a great human being who always seemed to have time for a friendly conversation no matter how busy he was. He will be truly missed as a person and as a fellow musician!! To his family; I am truly sorry for your loss.

Elijah "Joepete" Coleman III


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