Long-time Dublin clerk loses battle with cancer

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

DUBLIN — “Her passing leaves a tear stain on the Town of Dublin,” said Dublin Mayor Darryl Dowless.

On Monday, longtime Dublin clerk Jane Starnes passed away after a short battle with cancer. She had been the clerk of Dublin for more than a decade.

Dowless described Starnes as the “heartbeat” of the small town for 14 years.

“She was absolutely confident in her abilities, and she instilled that confidence in people that worked with her,” Dowless remarked. “She had no problems making a decision and standing behind it. Being the new guy, you don’t know what you don’t know, and she kind of took me by the hand and showed me how to handle things.”

Not only a good teacher, Starnes also had a mind and heart willing to learn, Dowless said.

“She poured her heart into this town,” the mayor remarked. “She was way above anybody I’ve ever seen in a clerical position, as far as her willingness to learn and be open-minded. She always had a smile, and if something was bothering her, she would tell you.”

While Dowless described the outstanding work ethic of the woman who showed him the ropes, Starnes’ real virtue, he said, was in her character.

“She had the highest level of character you could ask for,” he said quietly. “I couldn’t have asked for God to put a better person in my path in a delicate situation.”

Born Jane Creech, Starnes was a resident of Clarkton described as someone who put others’ needs before her own.

She was 60 years old.

“She was such a blessing,” Dowless kept saying. “I was just fortunate to get to spend the last seven months with her. When someone like her comes into your life, it’s a treasure.”

A funeral service was held Thursday at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, and Starnes was laid to rest in the Salem Church Cemetery in Clarkton. Those wishing to honor Starnes may make memorials to Liberty Hospice in Whiteville.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

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Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal