Dr. Katherine Starks-Lawrence, D.B.A 1956 - 2016
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Dr. Katherine Starks-Lawrence, D.B.A., (60) departed this life December 24, 2016, at Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 30, 1956, in Springfield, IL to Betty Wright Starks and Charles Starks Sr. of Springfield, IL.
Being a Springfield resident, she continually served the community and held many board positions including President, Board of Trustees, Lincoln Library of Springfield, IL. She was also a member of Junior League of Springfield, The Links Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Katherine valued education and thoroughly enjoyed teaching students. She was currently completing a Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership from Walden University. She received a BA and MA from University of Illinois Springfield. She brought her previous work experience as an Auditor for JP Morgan Chase Bank, Vice Chairman/Commissioner for City of Springfield Civil Service Commission, Technical Manager, Bureau of Budget & Fiscal Management of IDOT and President & CEO ENERi Consulting & partnership with ZG Worldwide, LLC, to the college classroom.
She touched the lives of many students through her teaching roles at local colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Heartland Community College, Millikin University, Lincoln College and her current role as Assistant Professor of Marketing at MacMurray College.
Most of all Katherine Starks-Lawrence was a dedicated and beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She enjoyed traveling and jazz concerts.
She is survived by her husband Larry G. Lawrence, daughter Nicole, mother and father Charles and Betty Starks, brother Rev. Charles Starks Jr (Claudia) of Atlanta, GA. Special cousins: Charles Day, Monica Turner of Springfield, IL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Katherine was preceded in death by her sister Wanda Louise Alvis.
Funeral Services: Tuesday January 3, 2017 at St. John AME Church, 1520 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703.
Interment: Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S Camp Butler Rd, Springfield, IL 62707.
Ruby Funeral Services, 1520 East Washington Street, are in charge of arrangements.