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Eunice Reeves Starnes

Funeral services for Eunice Reeves Starnes, of Barlow, will be held at Brandywine United Methodist Church on Hwy. 547 in Copiah County Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at 11 a.m., with burial at Shelton Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Starnes, 89, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at her home in Copiah County. She was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Frankville, Alabama, to Mason Reeves and Ollie Brooks Reeves.

She grew up in Frankville and graduated from Leroy High School. After high school, she moved to Mobile, Alabama, and began working for the Navy. She married Harold Thetford Starnes in 1946 in Mobile where both were working. They were happily married for 66 years. Their lives took them from Mobile to Greenville, Port Gibson, Jackson, Vicksburg and ultimately to their retirement home and cattle farm in the Barlow community. While in Jackson, she attended cosmetology school, was a homemaker, worked for a time at The Clarion-Ledger and worked for numerous years with the State of Mississippi. In Vicksburg, she and her husband opened the Bonanza Steak House, where they worked side by side until retirement. Upon retiring to Copiah County, Mrs. Starnes became a member of Brandywine Methodist Church, participated in the Gideon Auxiliary and was a hospice volunteer. She loved time with her family and was an avid reader.

She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She was loved dearly by her family and friends, whose lives were blessed by her.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and five siblings.

Survivors include three children, Judy Starnes Mills of Vicksburg, Janet Starnes Simmons of Tylertown and Harold T. “Ted” Starnes Jr. of the Barlow community Copiah County; her sister, Jeannette Reeves (Donald) Moorer of Frankville, Alabama; her grandchildren, Justin Whitehead, Kimberly Williams, Daniel (Chelsey) Simmons, Laura Starnes Moulder, Kevin Mills and Thomas (Natalie) Starnes; her great-grandchildren, Joseph Sennett, Alexandra Whitehead, Charlotte Moulder, Preston Simmons, Mykel Lynn Simmons, Esau Starnes and Sawyer Simmons; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.