Clara Yarborough

January 18, 1939January 6, 2019

Clara Starling Yarborough, 79 of Wilmington died on Sunday, January 06, 2019. She was born on January 18, 1939 in Clinton, NC to Marvin Emerson Starling Sr. and Catherine Shipp Starling.

Clara was a member of the first graduating class of Hobbton High School 1957 where she was valedictorian. After graduation she moved to Wilmington to attend Miller-Motte Business College where she received an associates’ degree in accounting. Clara was employed by and retired from Becker Builders Supply where she worked as an accountant for over 40 years.

Clara enjoyed traveling with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. As many of you know, her travels were usually planned around where she would have her next meal. She was a longtime member of Ogden Baptist Church to which she donated her time and service.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Dale Yarborough Sr. her husband of 45 years, and her brother, Marvin “Bud” Starling, Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons; Jimmy Dale Yarborough, Jr. and wife Tammy, Kent Starling Yarborough and wife Heather, grandchildren Bradford T. and wife Whitney Curl, Katie E. Yarborough, Keely S. Yarborough, Owen C. Yarborough, and brother, J. Harold Starling.

A visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service. The Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Ogden Baptist Church. Interment will immediately follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their exceptional and compassionate care. Memorials can be sent in her honor to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Jimmy Dale Yarborough Jr., Son
  • Kent Starling Yarborough, Son
  • Bradford T Curl, Grandson
  • Katie E Yarborough, Granddaughter
  • Keely S Yarborough, Granddaughter
  • Owen C Yarborough, Grandson
  • Harold Starling, Brother

  • Chris Starling
  • David Byrd
  • Shayne Roos
  • Larry Godley
  • Derek Norris
  • Melvin Batson


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Clara Yarborough

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Melissa Bass

January 10, 2019

Dale, Tammy, Brad & Katie
Kent, Heather, Keely & Owen,
The past few weeks we all have shared many emotional highs and lows with the illness of your mother. To say she left us all too soon is so sadly the truth but we have reflected and remembered some great stories and memories that will be cherished for years to come.
The funeral today was beautiful and very fitting for such a fine Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, co-worker and friend. Kent you did an outstanding job talking about your mom and the family she was the backbone to, and yes, my dear, she was very proud of you and Dale, your wives, and her precious grandchildren!
She is at peace with God in Heaven and she’s expressing her opinion about something to someone.... that’s a guarantee!
I loved her very much! I miss her very much and I love you all very much!
Melissa Starling Bass
Clinton, NC

Toni Heath

January 10, 2019

Dale and Kent,
I just learned of Clara's passing. I worked with her for years at Becker's when I first moved to Wilmington in 1990. She was like a mom to me. I'm so sorry for your loss. Much love to you.

Toni Heath (Perry)

Shelly Taylor

January 10, 2019

I moved next door to Mrs. Yarborough in August of 2007. I couldn't have asked for a better family of neighbors, especially Mrs. Yarborough as my direct nextdoor neighbor. I always appreciated and respected her for her honesty and looked up to her as I do my own grandmother. I will always remember how most of our conversations would begin, "Mrs. Yarborough", as I called her, but always corrected, "Clara", "ok, yes Mrs. Yarborough", I would reply, followed by a smile and laugh between us. I'm going to miss our chats, joking about my animals, and the swimming pool I would ask her about every summer the hotter the days became. Mrs. Yarborough will forever be an inspiration for her youthful appearance and energy. She was constantly on the go and never skipped a beat keeping up with her grandchildren. It will not be the same without her nextdoor. My thoughts and prayers are with the Yarborough and Starling families.

Don Ford

January 9, 2019

Kent, Dale, and Family,

Those of us at LESCO Restorations would like to send our deepest condolences to you and your families. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time of bereavement.

May your mother's memory always bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

Don Ford
LESCO Restorations, Inc.

Gary & Marsha Harris

January 8, 2019

Dale, Kent & Family:

So sorry to learn of Clara's passing. We always cherished Clara's friendship, laughter, and honesty.
We are praying for all of you at this difficult time. May God grant you all his grace and mercy.

Gary & Marsha Harris
Mebane, North Carolina

Carolyn Pope

January 8, 2019

Jay and I are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember your mom
as a loving, caring lady who had the most pleasant smile. Our love and prayerful thoughts are with you and your family.

Jay & Carolyn Pope

Alan Moore

January 8, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences, Dale. I hope that warm memories of your Mother help sustain you and your family through this difficult time.