Katharine Mary Eastwood Starr



Sumter, SC ..... Katharine Mary (Kay) Eastwood Starr, widow of Lt. Col. Kenneth O. Starr, died on July 13, 2018, in Sumter, SC at the age of 102.

She was born on April 6, 1916 in Moberly, Missouri, the daughter of the late William Edward Eastwood and Clara Ann Kirch Eastwood.

She was educated in schools in Kahoka, Missouri, and Moberly, Missouri, including Moberly Jr. College. She also attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in St. Louis.
In 1935, she married K.O. Starr and they lived in nine states and one year in Beirut, Lebanon, before settling in Sumter, SC, in 1958.

She was an amateur water color artist and studied under Rosemary Belcher at MJC and Rose Metz at the Sumter Gallery of Art.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and Ruth S.S. class. She was a former member of Shaw AFB Officers’ Wives Club, The Shepherd’s Center, Sumter Artist’s Guild and in Eastern Star of Kahoka, Mo., and Tuesday’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Carol Kay Starr Turner, brother, William Kirch Eastwood, and one of her twin grandsons, William Cameron Turner.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Kenneth Kirch Starr and wife, Barbara, of Orlando, Florida. Also, twin granddaughters, who for several years made their home with them after their mother passed away, namely Stephanie Turner Brown (Dwayne), of Columbia, SC, and Stacey Turner Thompson (Bobby), of Fuquay-Varina, NC. Grandsons, Kenneth Dwayne Turner of Columbia, SC, and Kenneth Kirch Starr, Jr. of Orlando, Florida. William’s wife, Tori Turner, of Blythewood, SC, and a step-granddaughter, Susan Turner Walker (fiancé David Moore).
Mrs. Starr had four great-granddaughters, Katie Turner, Ellie Turner, Carol Turner Zahm (Tucker), and Caroline Thompson Warren (Andrew), a great-grandson, William Kyle Thompson, a step great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Brown, and two step great-grandsons, Ian Walker and Wyatt Walker. Lastly, she had two great-great grandchildren, Matthew Marston and Amia Katharine Marie Warren.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staffs of Covenant Place and Amedysis Hospice for their excellent care of Ms. Starr.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3:00 - 4:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

A private interment will take place on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Evergreen memorial Park Cemetery.