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Willis Starnes

Willis L. "DOC" Starnes

Thursday, August 1st, 1940 - Sunday, September 1st, 2019
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Willis L. Starnes, affectionately known as “Doc”, died peacefully at the age of 79 on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Halsey, Oregon to Aaron Benjamin and Luella Mae (Falk) Starnes on Thursday, August 1, 1940. Willis had been a resident of Plano for the last 4 years, but prior to that, he called Irving his home for 31 years. He was a well-known and loved pediatrician in the Irving area, and proudly served the Irving community in so many ways. His family recalls the joy he would find in helping others. Willis is lovingly remembered for his generous heart, great sense of humor and for his dedicated and hard work ethic. Willis had been a member of the Irving Rotary Club, the Texas Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Society. Willis had an insatiable appetite for reading, enjoyed listening to classical music, telling jokes and puns, and eating home cooked meals. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Campbell. Left to cherish his memory are daughter Susan Cox and husband Michael; daughter Stephanie Torresi and husband Raoul; son Matthew Starnes; daughter Lindsey Coyle and husband Matthew; brother Ronald Starnes; brother Kenneth Starnes and wife Rae; brother Lyle Starnes and wife Shirley; grandchildren Micah Cox, Andrew Cox, Henry Torresi, Phoebe Torresi, Elio Torresi, Dario Torresi, Steeli Coyle, Jovie Coyle, Saylor Coyle and one grandson on the way as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving extended family and friends on both coasts and throughout many countries. A memorial service will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd in Irving on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00am. The family request memorial donations to the Child & Family Guidance Center click here to donate
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    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Brown's Memorial Funeral Home
    707 N. MacArthur
    IRVING, TX 75061
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Posted at 09:20am
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Posted at 10:42am
In Loving memory of Dr. Starnes, please accept my deepest condolences. To all who knew him I wish you all peace and comfort thru this difficult time.
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Posted at 10:03am
Our most dearest sympathy. He was a wonderful man. Kelly and the Wadley family, Mike, Julie and Kyle.
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Sheila Dye

Posted at 06:29pm
We are sorry to hear about the passing of our 1960 alumnus, Willis Starnes. May God cover his family, friends, and those who knew him best with comfort and peace during this time of loss.

Sheila Dye, Lubbock Christian University - Office of Alumni Relations


Posted at 03:39pm
He was amazing Doctor, he always took his time with each patient, My son would never open up to anybody, and this doctor helped him so much, even a child that felt bad hopeless he made him feel wonderful, I cannot describe how my son change he went from being Down Misbehaving and out of control, It only took one time for my son to really know that the Dr. Wanted to help him, and he did, And I will always be so grateful, They say soldiers are heroes but you know what, This Doctor starnes is our hero and always will be!!!❤


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