Charles Lester Starnes, age 79, of Newport, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

He was an Army veteran and retired from a career with Bellsouth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Bea Starnes, son, Craig Starnes, brother, Junior, and sister, Betty.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Norton Starnes; daughter, Dee Starnes Stewart; son, Joe (Kristen) Starnes; grandchildren, Makendra, Camryn, Addison, and Audrey; great grandchildren, Admiral and Cheyson; sisters, Peggy Parks and Evelyn McNamara, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.

Funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Tom Moody and Pastor Mike Hensley officiating.

Burial will take place Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Union Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Food Pantry at Swannsylvania Baptist Church.

Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the Starnes family.