- August 3, 1948 - October 23, 2012
- Florence, South Carolina
of Jatana's Passing
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“Star, you will forever be missed and forever our hearts. Such a kind soul which shined as bright a star's light.
May God bring peace to your...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Angela Messam & Commissioner Wayne Messam - FL
“I first met Star when her mother passed away. Her sister Diann and I have been bestfriends for years. Star always made me feel welcome when I...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Wendy Toney - Mooresville, NC
“Dear Star's Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with your mom in Orlando. She was at the Winter Park YMCA and I was at the Crosby...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Kelly Bridgman - VA
“We the Seniors at the YMCA of Pembroke Pines will always remember you and your smile. Your doors were open for us. Thanks for the support you gave us...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Nivea Maymi - Pembroke Pines, FL
“I was fortunate to work with Star at the Y in Olrando and in Fort Lauderdale and even more fortunate to call her my friend. I remember the fun we...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Metzger - Fort Lauderdale, FL
“God bless. Prayers be with you and family
6 of 34 | Posted by: Michael Jones - Coward, SC
“Todd, Chad and families,
On behalf of my father, my late mother, and myself, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Mandy Turner - Greenville, SC
“Star sorry that you had to leave us but God is waiting for you in heaven for bigger and better things... We, the seniors at the YMCA remember you...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Patricia frondczak - FL
“Sarena and I were very sad to read about Star's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
9 of 34 | Posted by: Rad Burch - West Columbia, SC
“You all are in our prayers
10 of 34 | Posted by: Anita & John Stewart - Archdale, NC
“Chad, Todd and Family - I was so close to your mom way back in the Orlando YMCA Days - we worked together for several years and I always admired her...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Bob Moss - Orlando, FL
“All I can remeber of is her smile and hugs she would give us as kids. Me and my brothers would walk to her house and she always there with open arms....Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Wendy Spears - Jacksonville, FL
“May you rest in peace in God's arms. Your smile and friendship will never be forgotten. I send my sincere condolences to Fitz for his loss and to...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Betty Etters - Lexington, SC
“Star was the backbone of the Spartanburg YMCA for so many years. Her work in the area of "membership" cause that YMCA to be a leader in the Southeast...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Rand Bailey - Pawleys Island, SC
“Star was always a bright light of the day when she'd come by my office. Her radiance and wonderful personality had made you feel as you've known her...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Robert W Kovacs - Fort Lauderdale, FL
“My deepest regret for your Loss. She was a wonderful lady, always in a good mood and loving life.
May she rest in peace and May God give you all...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Irma DIaz - Pembroke Pines, FL
“Sweet sister I am going to miss you. These past few months have been the best. Even with you sick we could talk for hours between naps of course. I...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Diann McGuire - Concord, NC
“Dear Chad, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. We had such a wonderful time when she and I were both in Athens. She was a beautiful woman in...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Dawn Deyo Jordan - Hudson Falls, NY
“Chad, Todd,and family, Your Mom was truely a wonderful lady. Her generosity to others and her infectious smile will forever be a lasting memory. ...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Beverly and Mike Wyka - Columbia, SC
“Chad I remember you telling the story of when your mother would play a song, and teaching you how to dance. The love, and Passion you had in your...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Dionne D.Goodman - Florence, SC
“Star - you truely are a Shining Star to everyone you meet. I'm so thankful you came into my life, the memories we shared are so precious - and...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Julie Sundstrom - Davie, FL
“Chad, Todd and family,I along with many others had the good fortune to work for Star in Pembroke Pines. As you probably already know she was very...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Frances Bolanos - Pembroke Pines, FL
“Dear Todd and Chad,
Star's Grandmother (Lena DeBoe,) and my Grandmother (Ola Mae - "Bunch" Lapish,) were sisters, so that would make Star and I third...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Leah Lapish Samples - Charlotte, NC
“Best memory ever! Christmas of 2010 and we were all gathered at Chad and Nate's with grandsons, Ethan and NIcholas. Didn't know we were about to...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Curt and Mary Marshall - SC
“Chad, I never had the opportunity to meet your mother, but knowing the wonderful person you are, can only mean that she was a very special lady. You...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Jonathan Brashier - Richmod, VA
“I am going to miss a dear friend. We shared many laughs together. I am so blessed she and I got to reconnect during the past year when she returned...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Pam Jones - Ft.. Lauderdale, FL
“Chad and family,
I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful sweet woman. I am praying for your family to heal during this difficult time. I...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Heather Wilburn - Toney, AL
“Lost a friend.
28 of 34 | Posted by: Leonard Frye - Concord, NC
“So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. We love you Chad.
Brian and TJ Bailey
29 of 34 | Posted by: BRIAN BAILEY - Julian, NC
“My memories of Star go back to high school at Concord High. I remember Star as a happy person,good friend and always smiling.
My heart goes out to...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Rebecca Porter Whitley - Concord, NC
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family..Star was such a sweet person and always had that beautiful smile..We were friends in grammar school...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: irene readling russell - concord, NC
“I am very sorry for your loss. Star and I went to high school together in Concord, NC. I remember her as a wonderful and kind person - always...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Janis Sherrill Ghrairi - NC
“So very sad to hear the loss of such a sweet lady!! Even though we didn't stay in touch after we moved from SC to Alabama, we will always cherish...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Amelia & Larry Scott - Jasper, AL
“We were so sorry to hear about Starr. She was a beautiful person inside and out. We were friends in high school. A number of years ago; her mother...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Louise R. and Bud Gardner - NC
The J. F. Floyd Mortuary
Jatana Staretta "Star" O'Connor, 64, died Monday, October 22, 2012, at Carolina Medical Center, after a brief illness. Born August 3, 1948, in Concord, NC, she was the daughter of the late Gus Jonathon Pritt and Mildred Eunice DeBoe Pritt Coley. She was predeceased by her stepfather, Don Coley of Concord, NC.
Mrs. O'Connor was the executive director with the Pembroke Pines, FL YMCA. Her career with YMCA was in restructuring Y's throughout Florida and began as membership director in Spartanburg from 1984-1996, then as executive director in Orlando and Pembroke Pines, FL. She was also a licensed real estate agent in Columbia, SC.
Surviving is her husband John Fitzgerald O'Connor, Jr. of the home; sons, Todd Patterson and wife Missy McCarley Patterson of Spartanburg, SC, and Chad Patterson and friend Nathaniel Marshall of Florence, SC; grandchildren, Madeline, Abigayle, and William Patterson, all of Spartanburg, SC, and Ethan Pritchard and Nicholas Marshall, both of Florence, SC; sister, Diann McGuire of Concord, NC; and brother, Ronnie Pritt of Concord, NC.
Visitation will be 2:00-3:45 PM Friday, October 26, 2012, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM, at the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pembroke Pines YMCA, 501 Southwest 172nd Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029.
The family is at the home of Todd and Missy Patterson.
Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel
235 North Church Street Spartanburg, SC 29306
Tel. (864) 582-5451