Alfred Clyde Starling CHARLOTTE - Alfred Clyde (Al) Starling died on June 1, 2014, at Southminster Retirement Community, Charlotte, NC. He was born on August 17, 1924, the youngest son of Agatha Lee (Talbert) Starling and Alfred Eugene Starling. His brothers, Roy L. and W. Verlin Starling, sister, Mable (Starling) Huneycutt, and nephews Scott Huneycutt and Gary Starling predeceased him. Also preceding him in death was long-time companion, Laura McKenzie. He is survived by nephew Stephen Starling, grand-nephews: Chris, Kirk and Matthew Huneycutt, Deva (Starling) Holland, Gary Jr. and Garrett Starling, and good friend, George McKenzie. Al is fondly remembered as a quintessential gentleman who was kind and generous. He graduated from Albemarle High School in 1942, after attending New London High School through the 11th grade. While working during the construction of Seymour Johnson Air Base, he was inducted into the United States Army as an infantryman in the 83rd Division serving in Normandy, France. The 83rd was the closest to Berlin when WWII ended. Twice wounded in the Normandy Peninsula, he was awarded the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. After a medical discharge in December 1944, Al entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting and minor in banking and finance in 1948. He practiced as a CPA in Salisbury and later opened his own firm in Albemarle in 1953. An active member of Central United Methodist Church, he served on the Administrative Board and was President of his Sunday School Class. As a member of the VFW, he was Quartermaster and Chairman of the House Committee. He served as Treasurer and Vice President of Albemarle Jaycees. He was Program Chairman of the Albemarle Rotary Club and took great satisfaction serving as the Chairman of the Scholarship Loan Committee, which awarded the most non-interest bearing loans at that time. Al received the first Albemarle Jaycee of the Year Award in 1954. In 1959 he opened a branch office in Charlotte where he later transferred his entire business. While residing in Charlotte, he became active in Myers Park United Methodist Church, serving as Assistant Treasurer of the Stewardship Committee and President of the Luther Snyder Bible Class. He was also a Mason and Shriner. Funeral services will be held in the Francis Chapel of Myers Park United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 5, 2014, with the Reverend Bill Roth officiating. Interment will follow in Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Albemarle, NC. Special thanks to all the nurses and staff of Southminster Retirement Community. Memorials may be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer from June 3 to June 4, 2014