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“Sorry to hear about Mamaw. She is in a better place. Love and miss you guys...XOXO ”
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“Beverly, Ben, and Kelly, we are so sorry for your loss. Mary Ellen was a terrific person with a wonderful heart and an endearing smile. She will be...Read More »
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“Rest in peace, my dear friend. Praying for Bev and family. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Marie Sturgill - NC - friend

“So sorry for your loss prayers for y'all she will be dearly miss by everyone she was a very sweet woman ”
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“Mary Ellen was always so kind to my family. She always had a smile and open arms for a hug. Beverly, you and your family are in our prayers.Tony...Read More »
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Mrs. Mary Ellen Shuford Starnes, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on June 13, 2020, at Carolina Caring Hospice, following a period of declining health.
Mary was born October 16, 1941 to the late Frank Shuford and Candies Killian Shuford. She was a longtime member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Starnes was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Starnes, two brothers, Ray and Gaither Shuford, and one sister, Mozelle Toney.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Lail of Icard, her grandson, Benjamin Lail and wife Kelly of Hildebran, one brother, Roger Shuford and wife Lucy of Hickory, and a sister in-law, Irlene Reid of Connelly Springs. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Shoup's Grove Baptist Church with Rev. J.C. Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family asks to receive friends and visitors following the graveside
Memorials may be sent to the Shoup's Grove Baptist Church Senior Citizens Fund, P.O. Box 240, Icard, NC 28666.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Starnes family.

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