On November 9, 2012, God allowed His angel to come down to earth and close the eyes of one of His servants and carried him home to eternal rest. Rev. Eddie Leroy Starkes, Jr. was born on December 23, 1946 in Dade City, Florida to the late Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Leroy and Mary Starkes, Sr. Eddie attended Moore Academy and graduated from Mickens High School in 1966. He played in the Wildcat band as a drummer. He joined St. John Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He was ordained into the ministry in September 25, 2012. Eddie was a worker in the church he loved. Working as an assistant minister to Rev. Thomas, past president of the Male Chorus, the Number One Usher’s Ministry, and he took great pleasure in cleaning the dining area, kitchen floors, the church vans and was an invaluable member of the Culinary Staff. His duty was to fry fish, chicken and make sweet tea. He was delegated the task of being the outdoor chef for all our family gatherings. He could make a mean, delicious pound cake too. He was a truck driver for many years. His passion was golf and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents Eddie, Sr. and Mary Starkes; wife, Linda Starkes; nephew, Terrance Woodard Sr. and best friend Brendalyn Baker (the butterfly). He leaves many loved ones to cherish his memory: one son, Eddie Starkes, III (Michelle); three daughters, Victoria Starkes and Erin Mobley and Kimberly Walker; three grandchildren, Darnell, Cleyshon, and Gabrielle Starkes; one goddaughter, Portia Bryant (Lauren); one sister, Bermice Mathis; four brothers, Thomas Brown (Genevia), Dyke Brown, Joseph (Vivian) Starkes, and Henry Starkes; nieces, Normita (Eugene) Brown, Ivory Woodard, Bermice Starkes, Gwendalyn Ferguson, Yolanda Starkes; nephews, Melvin Starkes, Dawayne Starkes, Joseph Starkes, Jr. Great niece, Shabanese Brown; Great nephew, Terrance Woodard, Jr.; a host of other relatives and friends, including Ray Starkes and family, Vivian Bell, Yolanda Hayes, Herbert and John Figgs. A Celebration of his Life was held 11am Saturday, November 17, 2012 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Dade City. Interment followed at Indian Pond Cemetery.