The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


December 3, 2013

Oscar Starr

Funeral services for Oscar Bynum Starr, 86, of Elkhart, were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Lee Evans and Troy Starr officiating. Burial will follow at Perry Starr Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

Mr. Starr died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at the Hospice of East Texas Home Place in Tyler.

He was born Feb. 16, 1927 in Percilla, Texas to Paul and Ioma Bynum Starr.

Mr. Starr served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947 during World War II. After the war he went to work for Sacony-Vacuum Oil Company which later became Mobil Oil. During this time he spent nine years in Venezuela and some 30 odd years in the Middle East. After 47 years with Mobil Oil he retired in 1982, where he spent his retirement years in the woods of East Texas. He raised hogs and cattle, and was always on the lookout for poachers in the area. Over the last several years he has been generous and a caregiver to several individuals in the community, some family others were friends.

Mr. Starr was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ethel Neal, Eva Gibson and Essie Ferguson; and brothers, Hubert Starr, William Starr, Preston Starr and Leroy Starr.

He is survived by sisters, Evelyn Young of Palestine and Iona Lou Gottlich of Gulfport, Miss.; brother, Ben Starr and wife Angela of Chandler; sisters-in-law, Marron Starr and Marion Starr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be his nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Herrington/Land of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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