Andrea Beverly Starkey
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SALISBURY — Andrea loved people and doing things that would bring hope and encouragement. She was happy to share memories of individuals she came in contact with at her first place of employment, Arby's on Route 50; then Hollywood Videos; and lastly, as a part-time sales associate with J.C. Penney, until her health prevented her from comfortably working. She loved her church family at Bethel Progressive Community Church, where she served as the Youth Minister and Director of Music.
Andrea's life story would not be complete without sharing her love for her family and friends. Especially her parents, the Rev. Robert and Franzella Starkey; her big sister and best friend, Aneesah Russell; Andre, her one and only brother-in-law; Tony and Levar Starkey, her brothers; a special niece, Shabreya Trotter, whom she loved like a sister; her nephew, Andre Trotter Jr., who was her best playmate (especially for the Wii game); and her baby nephew, Drake Anthony Trotter, who kept her heart filled with joy, even when pain gripped her body. She loved her paternal grandmother, Louise Gilbert; uncles, Tyrone Miles, Garland and Jeffrey Hayward, and Joshua, Gary and Sylvester Gilbert; and her special aunts, Constance (Connie) Williams, Brenda Cornish, Shireatha Johnson, Zelma Hayward, Germaine Richardson, Carmela Hayward and Mordeen Randall; and her extra special cousins and all other great-uncles, -aunts and relatives too numerous to mention by name. In her transition to heaven, Andrea will be reunited with her paternal grandparents, Theodore and Ethel Hayward, and a host of other relatives.
So what happened to this beautiful, vibrant, intelligent young lady? With God's permission, she was overcome by the ugly demon of colorectal cancer at age 25. And now, Andrea has transitioned into everlasting life. But she left a legacy and a message. Andrea's message is to encourage all, young or old, to be actively involved in maintaining a healthy body and never let anyone convince you that you are too young or too old to have a particular disease. Lastly, those who knew her and witnessed how gracefully she endured her suffering for the past two years, know that she leaves the message that hope triumphs over despair, that good prevails despite evil and that the future is always brighter than the past. Andrea has entered into her brighter future.
To hear more about Andrea's story, please join us for a celebration of life — Part II from 6-8:30 p.m. today at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ at 901 W. Isabella St. in Salisbury. A final homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ella Fitzgerald Center on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.
All service are entrused to Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Salisbury, www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Times on July 27, 2012