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Michael Anthony Starr

October 27, 1958November 11, 2020
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Michael “Mike” Anthony Starr, 62, of Stafford, Virginia, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020. Mike was born October 27, 1958, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was raised by his mother, Gloria (Foye) Jackson and his stepfather Sam W. Starr. Michael’s early years were spent growing up in Newport News and Hampton, VA. Mike’s fondest memories were spending his summer breaks in Winnibow, NC working on his grandparents’ farm, along with his brothers and cousins. On the farm, everyone was up early to start the day (a habit he would maintain for a lifetime). The summer of ’72, Mike left for Germany to fulfill his obligation as an "Army Brat". Mike and family eventually landed in Benjamin Franklin Village (BFV), Mannheim, Germany, also known as Bison Country. His peers coined the nickname, “Shining Starr”, referencing a song from his favorite band, Earth, Wind and Fire. The nickname stuck as he became a standout track star. He would recount stories of how these friends made the best of life hanging out together and Mike was always in the center of the fun! Mike graduated from MAHS in 1976. Mike’s High School quote was: "I am what I want of me, not what people try to make of me." - He always remained true to himself and followed his own unique drum. Returning to the states, Mike worked as a chef at an upscale restaurant, where he acquired his cooking skills which would remain a point of pride for himself. He then enlisted in the Army serving from 1983 – 1987, assigned to Military Intelligence in Ft. Bliss, TX and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Northern, VA and worked for DC Department of Corrections. He was quickly promoted and selected to an administrative role, where he exceled. He attended Strayer College earning a certification as an Information System Security Officer, which lead to a long-term and rewarding IT career. The summer of 1993 Mike met Artina (Tina). His sincere, loving, and caring personality quickly won over his wife’s heart, and her entire family. Mike and Tina married on May 10th, 1997, and established a home in Stafford VA. Michael was a devoted husband, a dedicated son, brother, stepfather, uncle, godfather, and friend. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family, which included his beloved “Bison Friends.” Michael was well loved and had a profound impact on so many lives. Mike is survived by his devoted wife, Artina Anderson-Starr; his loving mother, Gloria Jackson; his stepfather, Sam W. Starr; his four stepchildren, Dontae, Shontae, Robert and Reginald Anderson; his four step grandchildren; his two sisters, Sandra (Bob) Keller and Tamara Starr; his two brothers, Reginald (Lisa) Starr and William (Fredricka) Brown; his sisters-in-law, Elouise Starr, Wanda Woodard, Gwyn (Roger) Gardner, and Carolyn Parker; his nieces Symara Woodard, Karin, Tianna (Jeffery) Greene, Naomi, and Lauren; his nephews, Lyron Woodard, Lynard Parker, Lawrence Jr., Reginald, Jr., Brandon, and Justin; as well a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, great nephews, and other extended family members. The special light that radiated from Mike "The Shining Starr” will truly be missed.

The family will receive friends 10:00 to 11:00am Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, VA where funeral services will be held at 11:00am. Interment will be held 11:00am Monday, November 23, 2020 in Quantico National Cemetery

The family request "In Lieu of Flowers” please make donations to your favorite charity.

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Marion Sigler

November 21, 2020

Like most of Mike's friends, I met Mike at MAHS. We didn't share any classes together, but our lockers were next to each other. I looked forward to our daily conversations between classes, his smile always brightened my day. We lost touch after Mannheim, but facebook brought many of us back in contact with each other. I will miss our long phone conversations, mostly reminiscing about our youth, family, and just catching up. He was one of the sweetest, most kindhearted, and unselfish person I have ever met in my lifetime. Mike will be missed by all. Sending my deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Mike. Love you.
Marion Sigler

Nora Lich

November 21, 2020

Mike was always the best of friends and a brother to me. Our friendship started back in Mannheim Germany , we graduated together and then lost contact. We were reunited many years later on a high school reunion app. We went to many Mannheim reunions and get together together. He was that one person that knew everyone and everyone loved him. He was the nicest and sweetest person to have been in my life. I will my him dearly. Mike I love you and will miss you. Till we meet again my friend. Love Nora.

Kenneth Richardson

November 20, 2020

Mike was true Mannheim Bison. Mike and I were acquaintances when we were in Germany from playing sports. We knew of each other through friends and we finally connected on Facebook. From that day reconnecting on Facebook, Mike became like a brother to me. Mike was the most caring and loving guy that I ever meet. He always more concerned about you than himself. We all think that we have time to appreciate each other, time is never given. Mike, I really appreciate you as a friend and brother. Nothing but love for you. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace.

Sandra Keller

November 14, 2020

My brother Mike will be dearly missed and my grieves his loss because he was not only my brother but a dear friend. I will miss our long conversations in catching up on family. My comfort comes from the Bible at John 5:28 and 29 of a resurrection.

I look forward to seeing his smiling face again. How nice it would be if we are all there to see his beautiful smile.

Buster & DeAnn Brown

November 13, 2020

Mike was a fine young man. May he Rest In Peace as he is welcomed into the arms of our Lord and made whole again. Our deepest sympathies to his family as they mourn. Love him but let him go—he will still live in our hearts and minds forever.

Steve Parker

November 13, 2020

Mike was a year or two ahead of me in school. I always respected him. He was a great role model for me. A good athlete who always put his all into every task and a kind person. We ran in different groups often, but always enjoyed being with each other when our peer groups overlapped, which was often. Vaya con Dios, my friend. You will be missed.

Carl Starkey

November 13, 2020

Mike was one of the best friends I've ever had. His heart was immense. All he did was love. I can't dry my eyes. In High School, we were both "jocks". There's a lot of competition between jocks. One day, he says to me, "I'm the Starr!"... I said, "Yeah... but I'm the star with the key!" I don't think I've ever known a greater person. His heart... his soul... ordained by God. No one who ever knew him would speak a bad word of him.

Tj Raif

November 13, 2020

Mike and I were at Mannheim High together. He was such a great person and athlete. He was loved by everyone. In later years he was the glue that held all the MHS folks together and he always made sure he reached out to everyone to check on them. I was in the DC area years ago on business and he made sure to take time meet me for lunch to catch up. That was his superpower - to make everyone feel included and special. Praying for his family for strength and peace. Rest easy Mr. Starr.

David Rollins, jones

November 13, 2020

RIP brother Michael, you were a special guy to anyone who knew you,I had that privilege to know you in high school and for years after, you'd light up any room you were in,the bison family have lost a true and beautiful person, may you rest in peace, and when I look up at the stars I can be sure you are the brightest star there, my condolences to your family,
Dave,

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