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“I just learned the loss of Monteze when I was trying to do a search to locate her daughter's phone number as I had not heard from her for a few...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sandra Starling - Jacksonville, FL

“It is obvious from reading this obituary where Ralph Jr gets his love and devotion to Christ . Can any of us ask for a better example from which to...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Sara & Jim Fisher` - Richmond, VA

“May your heart and soul find peace and comfort at this difficult time. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Rozier - Valdosta, GA

“Ralph, Mark, Susan and David, Your Mother was indeed a holy lady and such an inspiration to all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Carolyn Christian - Valdosta,, GA

“Mark, I am sorry for your loss and heartache You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Johnny Lightsey - Lake Park, GA

“David, May GOD Bless your family during this difficult time. Your mother was one of the sweetest people that I have ever known. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jamie Register & Family - Cumming, GA

“Dear David and Family While we did not have the pleasure of meeting and knowing your mother, please know we offer our deepest condolences on your...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: The Braun Family - Hahira, GA


Monteze Starling, 87, of Lake Park died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, AL to the late Joe & Blanche McCafferty, she had lived in this area for the past 60 years. Mrs. Starling worked for the Social Security Administration for over 30 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdosta, Georgia. She went on numerous mission projects through the church which included trips to Liberia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras, St . Kitts Island, and Kentucky. She was an example of lovingkindness and humility. She practiced Christian hospitality to all people and lived by the motto: "Be Christ to others, See Christ in others." She was devoted to her children and reminded them that they were her investment in the world. Her heart overflowed with love for others, especially 'the least of these'. People in her presence have said, "I like myself best when I am with her." There is no greater compliment. She is beloved by her family and friends! She was a genuine example of a holy person. Survivors include three sons and a daughter in law, Ralph L. Starling of Richmond, VA, Mark A. Starling of Lake Park, and David L. & Sugako Starling of Lake Park; a daughter, Susan Monteze Starling of Marietta; three grandchildren, Conor Starling & Natsumi Starling, both of Lake Park and Marki Starling of Marietta. Also surviving are two brothers & sisters in law, Louie Gene & Doris McCafferty of Rogersville, AL and Luther & Lanee McCafferty of Lexington, Al; two sisters, Sue Waldrop of Guntersville, AL and Wylodean McLaughlin of Killen, AL; two uncles and an aunt, William Cox of Elizabethtown, KY and Milford Cox and Robbie Cantrell, both of Tennessee and a brother in law, George Saunders of Albany. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Starling, Sr. and two brothers, Tonice McCafferty and Cleo McCafferty, and three sisters, Inez Black and Gwen Saunders and June McCafferty. A funeral service for Mrs. Starling will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Valdosta. Rev. Mac Weaver will officiate. Burial will follow at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 200 W. Central Ave, Valdosta, GA 31601. Condolences may be conveyed to the family on the obituary page of www.mclanecares.com Carson McLane Funeral Home

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