Mr. Louis Fay Starra, Jr., age 82, of Toombs County, died Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his home after an extended illness. He was a native of Toombs County and was a 1956 graduate of Lyons High School. In 1958, he attended Nashville, Tennessee Auto Diesel School and was married in 1959. He farmed with his father and helped build the family business, Starra’s Recreation Center. Later, he raised hogs for market, tobacco, corn, cotton and soybeans. In 1970, he was selected as Toombs County Outstanding Young Farmer and placed second in the State of Georgia. He sold feed for Moorman Manufacturing Company, later became district sales manager and also was top district sales manager and retired in 1990. Fay worked with Cone Cellular; Farmer’s Furniture in Vidalia for fifteen years. He was an active member of Lyons Jaycees and in 1974-1975 was chosen as Outstanding State Vice-President of the Georgia Jaycees and was Region 10 President. He was a member of the Vidalia-Lyons Moose Lodge for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skating, golfing, camping, boating and skiing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Fay Starra, Sr. and Ruth Collins Starra; and a brother, Wendell Starra.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-one years, Wynne Beasley Starra of Vidalia; two children, Cheryl Starra Willett of Vidalia and Diane Starra Shipman and husband Steve of Birmingham, Alabama; one sister, Patricia Starra Kelly and family of Lyons; four grandchildren, Jason Willett and wife Amy, Megan Morris and husband Chris, all of Lyons, Matthew Shipman and Nicholas Shipman of Birmingham; and two great-grandchildren, Jaycie Willett and Carson Montford.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday afternoon from 1:00 until just prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475 or Tattnall Shrine Club, P.O. Box 61, Reidsville, GA 30453.
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