In Loving

Joseph Starkes Jr.

February 21, 1928-February 7, 2022

Mr. Joseph Starkes Jr., 93 of North Chesterfield Virginia departed this life on February 7, 2022, in Chippenham Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jennie Starkes, his father Joseph Starkes Sr and his mother Mary Bonaparte. He is survived by extended family members and a host of devoted friends. There will be a private one hour viewing for the family at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy Richmond, Va. followed by a graveside service and interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Rev. Earl Brown, pastor at Fifth Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary Street.

Graveside Service


Forest Lawn Cemetery


Fri, February 18 , 2022



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  1. Catharina Cosin February 15, 2022 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    To Prof. Julia Poteat’s “UncleJoe”:
    I am so grateful that I got the chance to meet you some years ago when accompanying my dear friend Julia on her visit to Richmond to see you. During the few days of our visit I had the privilege of getting to know you: a gentleman, carved from the materials of generosity, kindness, decency, solidity and spiritual freedom – not forgetting your dry wit and sense of humor. They ‘don’t make these men anymore’!
    We spoke of you often, and we will be missing you dearly. Rest in peace.

  2. Kimani Harris February 16, 2022 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    We love you and miss you Uncle Joe. To the family, may God comfort you during these difficult times. I’ve known Uncle Joe and Aunt Jennie since 1988 and went to Aunt Jennie’s funeral. I wish there is more information available about the funeral services. I would love to attend….but respect the families wishes with the undisclosed time. Mr. Joe was not only family, but my Masonic brother and lived a great life. He deserves to his heavenly home in style and celebrated.

  3. Norma J Smith February 18, 2022 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Mr. Joe was a wonderful gentleman. I really enjoyed being in his company. Rest in peace Mr. Joe.

  4. Rebecca Tirs February 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Mr Starkes is someone I will miss very much. Every time I visited him he had the biggest smile on his face and I could always count on him to make me laugh. He told the best stories of his past. He spoke of his childhood, his mom, his appreciation for good home made meals, and his time in the Navy. He always made our conversations interesting. I’m going to miss his genuine spirit, his good heart, his smile, his humor… I’m just going to miss him! I hope he knew how much I valued his neighborly friendship. Thank you for being a bright spot in my life Mr Starkes <3.

  5. Denise M Mosley September 28, 2022 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I spent every summer break at their home in Long Island, NY when school was out then I went to live with my Aunt Jennie and Uncle Joe when I was 19 years old after my mother passed away. My fondest memories are all of the firsts – My Uncle took me to Coney Island, to pick strawberrries, brought me a 3 foot lobster, took me with him to work with him, he took me to see Dream Girls the play, he took me with him to his Church on Sundays he took me so many wonderful places I guess I was his wingman, and I will always have wonderful memories thanks to him. We watched his favorite movies over and over, Cool Hand Luke and Absence of Malice while we ate dinner he would eat from a TV tray at his recliner loved my fudge. He and I would decorate the outside of the house for the holidays and my holidays have never been the same and I would tell him this in Christmas cards over the years. He was a great uncle and he and Aunt Jennie were both great grandparents to my kids who lived with them also. We loved him and he will be truly missed by us.

  6. Stephen Haynes June 15, 2023 at 7:56 am - Reply

    It’s been nearly 16 months since my neighbor, Joe, left us. He was always friendly, smiling, and cordial. We spoke of how the Chestnut Hills neighborhood had changed in the years he lived here. My biggest regret is that I never got to know him better.

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