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Harlene Starnes

April 14, 1940 — January 8, 2022

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MARTINEZ, GA – HARLENE STARNES, 81, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 at her residence.

A native of Perry, SC, Harlene was a daughter of the late Harley V. and Maxine Sturkie Starnes.  She graduated from Pace University in New York City with an ADN degree and the University of South Carolina with a BSN.  Harlene was a RN and retired from University Hospital.  She loved animals.

Survivors include two sisters, Nancy S. Bolin, Aiken and Joyce S. Essick (John), Lexington, SC; nieces and nephews, Andy Bolin (Bridgett), Cory Essick (Darlene), Shannon Boone (Richard), Mandy Siefers, Megan Vogel (Phillip), Meredith Essick, Olivia Essick, MayBry June Miller; an adopted sister, Sylvia Bell and her loyal caregiver, Tanya Vega.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Art Starnes.

A memorial service will be held Thursday morning, January 20th at 11 o’clock at Shellhouse – Rivers Funeral Home with The Reverend Bill Howard III officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the SPCA ( or to a favorite charity.


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