Kevin Ray Starrett
September 30, 1971 ~ January 29, 2010
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.