Jerry Franklin Starks, 83, passed away Tuesday morning, April 19, 2022, at Spring Creek Healthcare.
Jerry was born May 4, 1938, at home in Almo, Kentucky to Raymond French Starks and Helen Oglesby Starks as the fifth of six children. His older siblings were sister Berlene Lowery and brothers Charles, Ray, and Gene Starks who all proceeded him in death. He married Brenda Johnson on June 5, 1959, in Corinth, Mississippi. They enjoyed many laughs and good times together and had traveled to 49 states until the time of her passing in 2001.
Surviving family members are his younger sister, Gail McCuiston of Murray; his children, daughter, Kim Phillips and husband Steve of Hazel, and son, Keith Starks (Shelia Haley), of Almo; his grandsons, Kyle Starks and wife Kailey, Jeremy Phillips and wife Sheila, all of Almo, Brandon Phillips and wife Danielle of Lexington, and Klent Starks and wife Mary Grace of Murray; his great-grandchildren that he loved to steal "sugar" from are Layla Starks, Sutton Starks, Wyatt Phillips, Micah Starks, and Audrey Phillips. Also, a special joy for Jerry was his cockatiel, Sam, who gave him several years of entertainment.
Jerry worked at Tappan Stove Plant until he and his brother started Starks Concrete Works in the 1960s. Together they poured thousands of yards of concrete in the area including the original Fisher-Price Toy Plant. He liked to stay busy even after retirement, and as recently as last year, he was helping pour tile at the concrete plant and could be seen mowing acres of grass every summer. He loved to fish and especially taking along his friends and family. After the fishing season, he would turn to cooking and baking, always coming up with a new specialty to share.
His great attitude will be truly missed. He was always upbeat with a smile, even on his last day, and he always had a story to tell. He had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke or fun mischief, a quality that he passed down to his grandsons.
Mr. Starks was a member of the Almo Church of Christ. He was a 54-year member of the Temple Hill Masonic Lodge #276, where he loved spending time with his lodge brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral hour. Bro. Russ Crosswhite will officiate, and burial will follow in Murray Memorial Gardens. Masonic rites will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Online condolences can be made at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com