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Frank Coleman Starnes

SoVaNow.com / October 20, 2014
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Frank Coleman Starnes, 75, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital. He was a native of South Boston and the son of the late Oscar B. and Isabel Coleman Starnes.He was a 1957 graduate of Halifax County High School, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.

After high school he attended Ferrum Junior College. While at Ferrum he played football and basketball for two years. He was named a junior college all american in 1958 and selected as a first alternate to play in the 1958 National Junior College All Star Game. He was a two year starter for the basketball program and was the team captain in 1959. He would eventually be inducted into the Ferrum College Sports Hall of Fame.

After his time at Ferrum he attended Western State College in Colorado. He made the All-Rocky Mountain Conference in football in 1960, and received honorable mention as an all american in football that same year. Mr. Starnes also played baseball for two years and was selected as All Rocky Mountain Conference in 1961. He graduated from Western State College with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. After graduating he returned as a graduate assistant in 1962, and went on to receive his master’s degree in political science.

He returned to Halifax County High School in 1962 as a history and government teacher. He was also the assistant coach for both the football and basketball programs. In 1963 Mr. Starnes went to Phoenix, Az., where he was the head football coach.

In 1967 he returned to Halifax County High School as the head football coach and athletic director. He remained there for ten years. He was inducted into the Halifax County Sports Hall of Fame.

He went to Stafford High School in 1977 as the head football coach. He coached football at Stafford for two years.

After receiving his Ed S from the University of Virginia in 1982. Mr. Starnes served as the assistant principal at Stafford High School for eight years. He went on to serve five years as principal of Stafford Middle School until his retirement from Virginia in 1992. After retirement he moved to Dare County in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he served as principal of Manteo Middle School for one year.

In 1993 he returned to Virginia to be the principal at Quantico Middle/High School on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. He remained in that position for nine years and retired at the age of 62.

He was a member of the Pythians, Elks and Eagles.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lynda Loftis Starnes; two children, Scott Starnes and wife Kelly of Smithsburg, Md., and Stephanie Damsgaard and husband David of Baltimore, Md.; and five grandchildren, Frankie Starnes, Cole Starnes, Beth Starnes, Ben Damsgaard and Will Damsgaard.

The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 19 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


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