Funeral service for Michael Alphonso Starks will be held 11:00 a.m.
March 4, 2011, at Stewart Funeral Home, with burial to follow in
Veterans National Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md.
Mr. Starks was the youngest of 10 children born to Thomas and Mary
Martin Starks in Columbia, S.C.
An angel visited Michael at Holy Cross Hospital February 16, 2011, and
took him away.
Michael was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and worked in
construction. He was educated at Lakeview Elementary School in West
Columbia, S.C., and Anacostia High in Washington, D.C. Michael
moved to the District of Columbia after the death of his mother in 1965.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, his son, Iran
Michael Starks, sister, Emma Starks Daniels, brothers, James and
Milton Starks, and Jasper Sutton.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a dear friend, Cortesa Marshall, his
daughter Tear Hope-Starks, one stepdaughter, one stepson, six grand,
one great-grandchild, three sisters, Louise Starks Winslow, Maxine
Starks Sutton and Malissa Starks McNairy (Emmitt), three brothers,
Clyde, Bobby and Charles Starks, his uncle, Damon Starks, his aunt,
Susie Martin, nieces, nephew, and a host of other relatives and good
Jones Funeral Home, West Columbia, is assisting the family with local