Starkey was an exceptional poet who encouraged others in their writing- a truly exceptional man.
I had the supreme honor to "edit" Starkey's humorous, touching essay about North Augusta, "A Little Different, A Little the Same" for an anthology titled State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love." His tribute to the people who made North Augusta a wonderful place to grow up should be required reading for anyone who knows what it's like to live in a small town. What treasures he's left us.
Though I only knew Starkey a short time, I will forever be changed by his kind and gentle spirit. I will forever remember serving with him as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the early Sunday service at St. Paul's. I enjoyed his wry wit and his knowledge and his unique personal view of the history of St. Paul's and Augusta. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing. The world was a much kinder place with him in it.
You will be missed,dear friend It was much too soon for you to leave us.
Starkey was my 9th grade English teacher at Paul Knox Junior HIgh in North Augusta. At the time, we select few advanced students were not happy with the grades he gave us; however, I look back on him as one of the best teachers I ever had. In fact, I used a lot of his "techniques" as I taught English for 30 years. He was a good friend and the epitome of a Southern gentleman. May his soul rest in peace; may his memory be eternal.
Starkey was a dear friend. I will miss his smiling face and accepting demeanor. He could make anyone feel special, for this he will have a place in my heart-forever.
I loved Starkey. After I left North Augusta, he would call me up once a year and we would laugh, talk about art and poetry, gossip and discuss our lives. I can see him battling the weeds in his garden of iris, surrounded by his yard of high trees and tangled plants...complex, flowery, a region of stickers,critters and beauty. A bit like Starkey himself. I miss him so.
A dear, dear friend and person - We will miss him greatly!!
Louise and Bill Ashby
The Information and Genealogy Staff will miss Starkey's visits that refreshed us with his joyful view of life. We are blessed to have known him. He contributed to the quality of life in Augusta in so many ways over the decades. He left a fine legacy to inspire all of us. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family.
Debby Barron and the Augusta Public Library Staff
John, sorry to learn of Starkey's passing. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Starkey was such an amazing person. I'm grateful that I had the chance to know him, and those who were close to him have my deepest sympathy.
Starkey was good friend, and one of the funniest,smartest, and insightful people I ever new. RIP my friend.
C. Gibson Garrard, Marietta, GA
Starkey will always remain in my memory as a wonderfully unique individual and a valued friend.
More spirit than body, our dear Starkey. Friend and mentor, kind critiquer of my words,I will miss you greatly. Josette
Starkey was a cherished friend who will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathies.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.