Welcome to the memorial page for


June 15, 1948 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 69)

Obituary Image

Donald “Don” Duncan Starkey Jr.

Age 69

Of Calhoun

Went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2017

At Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens


Don was a resident of the Chestuee Community and native of McMinn County. He was the son of the late Don D. Starkey Sr. and Anne June Haynes Starkey and was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Lilly Starkey and William and Bertha Haynes. He was an E5 Sargent in the Vietnam War, he served from January 1968 to August 1970.  Don worked for Thomas & Betts for 34 years until he retired and was a member of Chestuee Baptist Church and served as deacon for 12 years.


Survivors include his wife of 48 years,

   Regina Joann “Jodi” Hicks Starkey of Calhoun

One daughter,

   Candi Bivens of Calhoun

Two granddaughters,

   Mercedes Bivens of Calhoun

   Cheyenne McIntosh and husband Jason of Benton

Two great grandchildren,

   Landon Miachel Duncan Bivens, Kaitlyn “Katie Bug” Jones

Two step great grandchildren, Zayne and Maddyson McIntosh.

One sister and brother-in-law,

   Jo Ann and George Nelms of Benton

Two sisters-in-law,

   Doris and Bill Pressley of Calhoun

   Willie Norwood of Calhoun

Several special nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be 8 pm Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Pastor Caleb Leamon officiating and special speakers, Mark Kelly and Gary Moats. He will be laid to rest with Military Honor’s in McMinn Memory Gardens at 11 am Thursday.


Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Joey Hutsell, Clay Jones, Dakota Nelms, Larry Nelms and Kyle Nelms. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason McIntosh, Joey Green, Gary Swafford and Adam Boggess.


The family will receive friends 5-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Ronald McDonald House 200 Central Ave. Chattanooga, TN. 37403 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital Attn: Memorial Dept. 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105.


If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at


Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Donald “Don” Duncan Starkey Jr.

 Service Information

December 6, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
December 6, 2017

8:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303

Military Honors
December 7, 2017

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1739 County Road 561
Athens, TN 37303

© 2018 Ziegler Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS