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Ricky Starling

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Oct. 9, 1961 — March 5, 2019

KENLY — Ricky Starling, 57, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning while at work.

Ricky was born in Wilson County on Oct. 9, 1961 to the late B.J. and Linda Stallings Starling.

Ricky worked with Johnson and Johnson in Kenly for 20 years before he started working with Taylor Made Cases in Benson. Ricky enjoyed spending his free time out fishing and enjoying a good N.C. State basketball game, but nothing was more important to Ricky than the time he was able to spend with his granddaughters.

The family received friends Friday at Kenly Funeral Service. A service to remember his life was held Saturday by the graveside at Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Curtis Jones officiating.

Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Violet Boyette Starling; son, Marty Parnell, and wife, Carla, of Micro; sister, Rebecca Hooks, and husband, Billy, of Fremont; granddaughters, Erica Parnell, Olivia Parnell and Jessica Parnell; his future great-grandson, Lucas Cole Finch; nieces, Tracy Jennings and Morgan Furgeson; and his special K-9 companions, Sweetpea and Bay.

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