JImmy LaDale Starks

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Jimmy LaDale Starks

Funeral services celebrating the life of Jimmy LaDale Starks will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at First Assembly of God church in Alexandria, with Jim's son-in-law, Spencer Beach officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, April 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and continueTuesday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Alexandria Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Starks, Scott Daigle, Brady Daigle, Chris Ebarb, Darrick Sketoe, and Brent Mercer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Robertson, Dave Riley, Bill Sprott, Ricky Robertson, Mark Ward, Bob Simmons, Terry Bunce, Gary Wright, Delton Sturgis, John Miller, Luke Alford, and Too Tall Tom Dethrow.

Jimmy LaDale Starks, 71, of Bandera, Texas passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Jim was born on March 31, 1943, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Frank Emmit Starks and Sybil Beatrice Hale Starks. He graduated from high school in Morgan City, Louisiana. As a Reconnaissance Marine, Jim proudly served his country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a current member of the Kerrville VFW Post 1480. In the words of Jim, "once a Marine, a Marine forever".

Jim worked in the oil industry for 35+ years as a drilling foreman. The oil field was his passion and life work. Few men possessed both the knowledge of drilling and the "know how" to get a drilling crew to perform at their best and beat the curve. Jim loved a challenge and set notable drilling records in his long career. Further, when he was on a rig, he took responsibility for every man's life. It was his mission to return every man safely home to his family. During his career, he worked all over the world including the Gulf of Mexico, Scotland, Africa, France, and South America.

Jim was a man of his word. If he gave you his word, he meant it. He was a proud father who spoke often and very highly of his children and grandchildren. He loved to have his family visit him in Bandera. Bandera became home not only to Jim but also his children, who referred to Bandera as their "happy place". He was a man's man with a tender heart. Those who knew him loved the kind, respectful, and generous man beyond his strong exterior. To his friends, Jim was a loyal friend who always had your back. Besides his great love for his family and friends, Jim loved Texas and especially riding around the Texas hill country.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Sybil Starks.

Those left to celebrate his life and continue his legacy include his daughters, Paige Starks LaCombe and husband David of Alexandria, Ellen Starks Beach and husband Spencer of Bentonville, Arkansas; son, John Emmit Starks and wife Brenda of Natchitoches, five grandchildren, John Ethan Starks, Anna Marie LaCombe, Ellie Grace Starks, Michael Lee LaCombe, and Eliana Elizabeth Beach; sisters, Eliane Starks of New Iberia and Paughnee Starks Bornert of Springfield, Missouri; brothers of his heart, Jim Robertson of Bandera, Texas and Bill Sprott of Corpus Christy, Texas.

A previous service was held in Bandera, Texas on Saturday, April 26 with Jim's son-in-law, Spencer Beach, officiating.

To extend online condolences to the Starks family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

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Published in The Town Talk on Apr. 28, 2014
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