Kevin Ray Starrett

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Kevin, better known by all of his friends and family as "Bull" passed away January 29, 2010 after a long brave fight against colon cancer, at the young age of 38. He was preceded in death by his mother, Terri Lynn Starrett, great grandparents Otis and Gladys Cook and his father James Harrell Starrett. "Bull" was born September 30, 1971 to Terri Lynn Starrett and Larry Kersey. Adopted, loved and raised by his grandparents Odie Raye Starrett and the late James Starrett in Lassater and attending school in Jefferson. "Bull had many loves from riding motorcycles way to fast, to taking his beloved "Big Nasty" Ford 4x4 through the deepest mud. He was a true country boy, and his love for deer and duck hunting and summer time fishing was a testimony to that. His love for the outdoors was expressed by many pencil sketches he drew and the many tattoos FUGI inked for him. Bull's love for the outdoors not only was apparent in his spare time, but in his employment. Bull worked for local electric companies as a Lineman and Foreman. Taking great pride in his job, his biggest smiles and known laugh was seen and heard as he went high in the bucket trucks or climbing power line poles. Once vowing to always be the kid with the biggest toys, he settled down when he met his wife and best friend, Shey Watson. They have two children, two pride and joys of his life; Colten James, 8 years old and Stormie Raelynn, 3 years old. His love for his children was the driving force to fight the last three years. He was quick to tell you that his diagnosis with cancer was not a death sentence, but a sentence to live. He lived everyday to the max, every moment had purpose. Making memories for his children was the main one. Hunting trips for Colten with the help of his Uncle Phil, to strapping the car seat into the old Ford, to taking Stormie mudding. He made time for everyone, no matter how tired he was. Even at the end of his battle and taking all of his strength, it was still about everyone else being cared for. He wanted everyone to have a memory; the sitting in the deer stand talks with PJ, filling the feeders with Uncle Phil, talking about the good ole' times with Jud; giving strong uncle advice to Ashton, Trinity, Colby, and Wilson; the hugs and kisses to Kinsley, the brother/sister like arguments with Jaime that always ended with giggles; car talk with Carl and giving Brandy a hard time about being loud, baby sitting his tiny newborn niece Hayleigh with grins and giggles. The numerous hours of gun talk with Bruce, attempting to eat one more piece of Aunt Ghena's hot water cornbread. All of this is done without a complaint but with a smile. Bull is survived by his wife, Shey and two beautiful children Colten and Stormie; mother Odie Raye Starrett, uncle Phil Starrett and aunt Ghena, father Larry Kersey, cousins by birth yet brothers and sisters in their heart PJ Starrett and wife Christi, Jaime Powell and husband Jud, Cory Starrett and wife Jessica; sisters-in-law Brady Clark and husband Carl, Tammie Byrd and husband Bo; special friends Lisa Drew and Bruce Penny; a little girl that was dear to his heart, Katie Ray; nieces and nephews Ashton, Wilson and Kinsley Powell, Trinity and Colby Starrett, Hayleigh Clark, Kayla, Taylor and Blake Belanger; plus many friends that were like family to him. Bull's family wishes to say thank you to Dr. Duncan, Phyllis and all the staff at the Longview Cancer Center. To the staff at Good Shepherd Medical Center Outpatient Chemo and all of A400-YOU ROCK! Sheila, Sarah, Jerri and Deb, you were family to him. The staff at Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House and especially Dr. Margaret Schochsted, your passion shines bright in our care and gifts. To the many nameless angels who made Kevin's last Christmas with his kids the best ever, THANKS YOU! To the staff on A500-MICU at GSMC-you are God's chosen angels to care for those here on earth. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House to help continue the blessing we were able to be part of.

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  1. Prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one. May God give you strength to go on. To his mother/grandmother Odie Raye, you are in my heart and prayers. God bless Nancy

  2. My prayers go out to Shey and to the rest of the family.Kevin was very special to me and he will always be remembered. No one can ever replace him. He has a huge place in my heart. No one could break our special bond.

  3. My uncle Bull was the first person to ever take me hunting. He bought me my first camo jacket. I love my uncle Bull and will miss him so much! I love my aunt Shey and uncle Bull. Thank you for being the greatest uncle and aunt ever.

  4. Kevin, Kevin, Kevin…how many, many times I've seen him come up the hall with those babies in tow, ready and willing to get yet another round of chemo. What an outstanding man and father he was! During his chemo treatments, he would talk about hunting, cars, and the kids. It was never about him and what he was going through, except when it came to death and dying – plain and simple, he didn't want "no fuss" and he was "straight with God." These were his words, he was always so gracious, a gentle giant. He will be missed. Go rest high, Kevin! Glad I got to know you for a little while.

  5. Kevin fought with all of his heart for time with his family. May you find strenghth that while we don't know today why one day you will. Love and prayers to all of you.

  6. Jaime my heart goes out to you and the rest of family. God did need another angel.i fill your hurt. i would love to come but still cant do it just know that i love you and am here for you. Cindy

  7. You will be dearly missed and i will think of you always, especially everytime i am sitting alone in a deer stand.

  8. The words Written in his Biography says it all, He was indeed a "Country Boy" and I know that he was loved by so many and will be missed dearly. My memories of Kevin are so relived in this Biography. God Bless you all, and please know that I am thinking of you all and remembering you all in my prayers. Love, Rhonda

  9. Kevin may not have been our cousin by blood, but Paula and I always thought and will continue to think that he was our cousin. Growing up, Kevin was always with us at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and any other time the Butler family got together. I remember times when we used to pick on each other and fight like brothers and sisters do. Kevin will be dearly missed. Shey whenever you look at your kids you will see Kevin and remember that one day you will see him again. Kevin God got a big teddy bear of an angel when he took you from this world. I know that you are in a better place and that you will be watching over us. Rest in peace. You will be greatly missed.

  10. Kevin, remember the time when you tied my shoes together on the school buss then the next day, I tied your's, then you didnt get off the buss when we got to school…you found out your sugar was low that day. I didn't know about your bout with cancer until I saw you last year out on the highway, we had great conversation about hunting and getting together to get that big one. We didnt get to, so save that big one for me, if you can. Gonna miss you Kev.

  11. My deepest sympathy to all of Bull's friends and family. He was one of a kind individual. Nothing he ever backed down from and as honest as the day was long. I will miss him and I am thankful to have known him. God bless all of you.

  12. We are saddened to hear about your loss. I read the obituary and it seems that Kevin lived life to the fullest. He is very much alive here through his legacy. He has been called home and we will all see him again very soon.

  13. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Kevin was a great man and father. We were blessed to know him.

  14. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and friends of Kevin. May his memories live inside each and everyone of you. God bless to all!

  15. We know that spoken words alone cannot erase the immense pain and suffering that comes with the loss of a loved one. But, as Christians we do have the promise that one day VERY soon we shall all be reunited with our loved ones. I know from reading about his life that he would have been a true blessing had we had the pleasure of knowing him. How blessed & fortunate you are to have had time spent with your loved one. Our sincere prayer is that as each day goes by that love & happiness are beginning to replace the pain you've suffered. May God continue to keep each of you wrapped in His loving arms & bring you continuous love, comfort, & joy as only He can. In Christ Love,Todd and Prissy Gonzales

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