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Robert E. Starley

March 28, 1947 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Robert Starley Obituary

Mr. Robert E. Starley, 76, of Gray, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2024.  Funeral services will be at Hart’s Jones County Chapel, Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 2:00PM, with the Reverend John Haney and Care Pastor Chris Smarr officiating.  Burial at Macon Memorial Park will follow the service.  The family will greet friends at Hart’s Mortuary Jones County Chapel, Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Born on March 28, 1947, in Dublin, Georgia, Mr. Starley was a man of honor and courage, having served his country as a Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Army. After his military service, Mr. Starley served as a fire and rescue volunteer for the Jones County EMA. He dedicated many years as a maintenance electrician and eventually retired from the Georgia Power Plant Scherer, where his work ethic and camaraderie were highly valued by all who knew him.  

Mr. Starley was a man whose love for life was as immense as his generosity and sense of humor. He was known for his quick wit and the laughter that often filled the rooms he entered. His jovial nature and propensity to share amusing anecdotes made him a beloved figure in his community and amongst his colleagues.

A true friend to all creatures great and small, Mr. Starley had an extraordinary affinity for animals. He was often seen carrying treats for the various animals he encountered, and he generously fed those that came up to his house, providing a haven for the local wildlife. This compassion for animals was just one of the many ways he expressed his generous spirit.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Starley found solace and joy in fishing, a pastime that allowed him to immerse himself in the tranquility of nature. He cherished these moments, often sharing them with family and friends, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

Family was the cornerstone of Mr. Starley's life, and he was deeply committed to those he loved. He nurtured a home filled with warmth and affection, where laughter was the common language, and kindness was the currency. His presence was a source of comfort and strength, and he will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Those who knew Mr. Starley will remember him as a funny and generous man. His ability to uplift others, his unwavering kindness, and his infectious humor have left an indelible mark on the hearts of many.

As we bid farewell to Robert E. Starley, we celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of joy, and the countless moments of laughter and kindness he bestowed upon us. May he rest in peace, knowing that his memory will continue to inspire and bring smiles to the faces of those he left behind.

Mr. Starley is preceded in death by his brother, James Franklin Starley.  He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Kim Starley; brother, Cecil Starley (Pat) of Gray; nieces, Amy Starley Parker of Gray and Christy Starley Holliman (Chad) of Thomaston, Georgia; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins; and his faithful canine companion, Duke.

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Hart’s Jones County Chapel, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 307 Pecan Lane, Gray, GA 31032 has charge of arrangements.

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January 17, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hart's Mortuary Jones County Chapel
307 Pecan Lane
Gray, GA 31032

Funeral Service
January 18, 2024

2:00 PM
Hart's Mortuary Jones County Chapel
307 Pecan Lane
Gray, GA 31032

Interment following funeral service
January 18, 2024

Macon Memorial Park Cemetery
3969 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31204


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