Michael S. Starnes

Michael S. Starnes, 74, of Newport News, Virginia passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.  He was born on March 4, 1948.  Mike served in the United States Air Force for four years.  After his service, he worked for Verizon and retired after 33 years of service.   He also worked for Christopher Newport University for five years.   Mike was a member of First Baptist Church, Newport News.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Troy J. Starnes, Sr. and Virginia Starnes Buchanan, son, Douglas S. Starnes and his brother, Troy J. Starnes, Jr.   He is survived by his wife, Linda Sills Starnes.  They were married for nearly 55 years.  Mike and Linda graduated froom Newport News High School, Class of 1966.  He is also survived by his daughter, Jennifer Starnes Clevenger (Kenneth); four grandchildren, Kacey and Ella Clevenger and Mason and Max Starnes; daughter-in-law, Wendy Starnes; three sisters, Barbara Starnes Batts, Vivian Starnes Calhoun (Orville), Loretta Starnes Zeitz (Richard); and their families.

We will cherish our memories of “Mike”, “Dad”, and “Poppy”.  In keeping with Mike’s wishes, no services are planned.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Linwood Earl and Claudia Sills

    We saddened by your great loss and Mike’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers! Our deepest sympathy as you go on in the days to come. Love, Earl and Claudia

  2. Barbara Jackola

    I remember Michael so well. He was a classmate of mine. Sorry to see his passing, my thoughts and prayers for the family.

  3. Judy Phillips Allen

    Linda, Jerry and I send sincere condolences to you and your family. We pray that God will comfort you with sweet memories and give you peace. We remember you and Mike so well as special Typhoons….family.

    God bless you.
    Judy Phillips Allen

  4. Hank Kofron

    Such a loss. I was privileged to have worked with Mike at Verizon. He was a wonderful, kind person, liked by everyone who knew him. And his sense of humor! My prayers go out to Linda and his family their loss.

  5. Michael Spivey

    I remember Mike and Linda from 11th grade home room. I thought they were very nice people then and it appears nothing changed over the years. Please accept my deepest condolences on Mike’s passing. May God be with Linda and family.

  6. Harry Pasquier

    Mike has the same smile as high school! Certainly remember Mike as one of the “good guys” per Rick Hartline. Rest in Peace.
    Harry Pasquier NNHS 66 Miami, FL

  7. Beverly Sledge

    I’m sad to hear we lost another member of our Typhoon family but thankful for the many years Mike and Linda had together. Ken and I will keep Linda and the entire family in our prayers.
    Bev Miller Sledge

    • Jamey Douglas Bacon

      I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing . He and Linda were in my class at NNHS . I will always remember how nice they were . May the Lord be with you now and always .

  8. John & Cheryl Mays Howard

    Linda and family, we are surprised and so sorry to hear of Mike’s home-going. He was a sweet guy. We grew up in the same area of N.N. May God give you peace in knowing you will see him again. Prayers for you and your family

  9. Anita Morgan Becker

    Linda and Family, I remember back in high school that you couldn’t wait until you were 16 so you could date Mike. You two were blessed to have so many years together. Praying for comfort in the coming days from our Lord and Savior.

    • Joyce Nettles

      I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s death. I attended First Baptist church with he and Linda. Also a Typhoon, class of 1963. Linda, my prayers go out to you. May you some how find peace in the coming weeks and months ahead

  10. Jim and Judy Hodges

    Linda, I am so sad and sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  11. Jeanettte M Hornsby

    Linda, you and your family are in my prayers as you navigate this new chapter in your life. Mike was such a great guy and I was so glad to see you two at reunions for the NNHS class of 1966! Will be thinking about you in the days ahead.

  12. Robert and Audrey Hafer and Family

    We were blessed to move in our home 36 years ago and have Mike and Linda & family as our new next door neighbors. How lucky can one family be!!! I always enjoyed interacting with Mike and watching him “tootling” around outside with his extremely pleasant and happy demeanor. He will be truly missed. 🙏🏻
    Linda, Jenna & Family, Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Sherry Hensel Huycke

    My heart is broken for you. Thank God we will see him again. Praying for comfort and strength for you and your family. From your “old” friend and neighbor, Sherry

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