Rayford Starkey
August 13, 1933  -  April 6, 2017

Rayford Starkey

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Sunday, April 09, 2017
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
201 E. Hermosa Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Monday, April 10, 2017
2:00 p.m.
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I served in the Army.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 10 at Woodbine Cemetery for Rayford Starkey of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Starkey, 83, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Rev. Rick Sullivan will officiate at the services.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Sunday, April 9, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Rayford was born August 13, 1933 to James J. Starkey and Gladys (Owens) Starkey in Rising Star, Texas.

He was a longtime Artesia area resident after serving his country in the United States Army.

On April 20, 1955 he was married to Jo Ann Akins in Artesia.

Rayford was a member of the First Baptist Church in Artesia and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent his career in oil and gas retiring as Superintendent for Burnett Oil Co.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Fred Starkey; sisters Jimmie Meadows and Wanda Rowland; brothers-in-law Floyd Anderson, Gary Akins, Jack Rowland and Paul Meadows; and a grandson Quinton Starkey.

Survivors include his wife Jo Ann of the family home; daughter Susan Fanning and husband Jed; sons Steven Starkey and wife Cindy and Johnny Starkey and wife Cindi; sister Jeanne Anderson; grandchildren Jared Fanning and wife Jaclyn, Jael Clark and husband Chad, Joshua Starkey, Jonathan Starkey, Alise Starkey, and Peyton Starkey; and a great-grandson Asher Clark.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to his caregivers Jana Mann and Priscilla Munoz for all of their help and support and also to Lakeview Christian Home.


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  1. Howard and Wendy Bishop
    Artesia, NM

    Steve, I am SO sorry! I just now found out about the passing of your father. Wendy and I are keeping you and your family in our Thoughts and Prayers.

  2. Shannon LaRue
    Artesia, NM

    I'm so sorry to hear of Rayford's passing, JoAnn. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Love you.

  3. Shawn kinnibrugh
    Artesia, NM

    I'm so sorry I am in Colorado and can't be there! My sweet "Uncle Rayf" is such a sweet memory to me. Always making me laugh. I can just imagine the reunion going on up in heaven! Jo Ann, Steven, Johnny, Susan, and Aunt Jeanne, I love you all so very much. Just know that my heart will be with all of you tomorrow. I'll see you soon!! God bless you all. 🙏🏼💛

  4. Silvia Haldeman
    Artesia, NM

    Prayers for comfort during this time for you all!

  5. Jon Thompson
    Cleveland, OH

    My deepest sympathy and respect to the family of Mr. Starkey, most especially to his wife Jo Ann who was a kind and considerate co-worker of mine during the years we worked together at Ferguson Insurance. Very sorry for your loss.

  6. Max Johnson

    I'm so sorry for you and the family's loss. I hope you can complete the grieving process and begin the celebration of his life, I send my very best and most sincere wishes to you and the family.

  7. John Gill
    Las Cruces, NM

    I'm so sorry to hear of Rayford's passing. I have fond memories of him when I was growing up. He was a positive influence on many of us who knew him. My condolences to the family. May the Lord provide the peace that only He can.

  8. Linda Bartlett
    Artesia, NM

    JoAnn, so sorry to hear about Rayford. Love, Linda

  9. Pat & Wilbur Johnson
    Santa Teresa., NM

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in our hearts & prayers ❤️

  10. Roger & Ramona Kilpatrick

    Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

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