Sam D. Starsick


Sam D. Starsick, 69, passed away on March 10, 2019 after a hard fought battle with multiple health issues. He was born on April 2, 1949 the son of the late Sam S. Starsick and Shirley (Crim) and John E. Starsick.
Sam graduated from Farmington High School in 1968. He joined the Navy in 1969 where he was stationed in Millington, Tennessee. After leaving the Navy, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Frances (Basile) Starsick, in 1971. Sam worked at several companies which included Fairmont Printing, RC Bottling Company, and Helmick Corporation. In 1974 he started a 21 year career that he loved as a service representative for Mine Safety Appliances. After leaving MSA, he became an independent business man successfully running two businesses: Star-Mar (Starsick/Markel) and later independently as Sky Meadow Enterprises.
Sam was a hardworking, fun loving, optimistic, gregarious, generous, fearless and tenacious man who loved his family and friends with a passion. Sam's personality is best represented by a poem written by his sister, Cecelia Starsick Hawkinberry for his 41st birthday:

Sammy Dale Starsick
Self-made man breezing through
Life with the attitude "I Can"
Education he got on his own
The only requirement a telephone
College grads and their business degrees
Can't compete with his wheel 'n deal ease
Falling, we all know he's done his share
From cars and trees to a love that's rare
Took these words form a song just for you
Dropped the chorus and a line or two
Put it all together as a birthday gift
Though a 41 year old could use a lift!

Sam is survived by his wife and best friend of 47 years, Francie Starsick; his son, Joshua Michael (April) Starsick and granddaughters Myleena and Kytanna of Fairmont; his daughter, Samantha Lynn Starsick of Chicago, Ill; his parents, John and Shirley Starsick of Mod's Run; his brothers, Okey (Beverly) Starsick of Whetstone and Stanley (Virginia) Starsick of Rachel; his sisters, Cecelia (Robert) Hawkinberry of Salt Lick, Shirley Barker of Mod's Run, and Molly Utt of Fairmont. He is also survived by his beloved mother-in-law, Helen Basile; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Larry Press and brother and sister-in-law Michael (Susan) Basile. In addition, he is survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews and friends whom he adored.

Sam was preceded in death by his infant son, Samuel Christopher Starsick, his biological father, Sam S. Starsick and his father-in-law, Michael E. Basile.

His family would like to thank Dr. Moss and the staff of Ruby Hospital Hospice Unit, as well as the staff of WV Caring for helping Sam make this transition from life as comfortable as humanly possible. They would also like to thank Veteran's Home Based Primary Care Program for their excellent care.

As his last generous act, Sam donated his body to the Wes Virginia University Human Gift Registry. Memorial contributions may be made to the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department, 112 Firehouse Road, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Friends and family may visit at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 1PM until 2PM. A "Celebration of Life" will be at in the funeral home at 2PM. Online condolences may be made to
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Grace Holloway Adams
Mar 17, 2019
To the Starsick Family, sorry to hear about Sammy. Sending prayers and thoughts to all of you. God Bless.
Carol Ann Holloway Spratley
Mar 17, 2019
Condolences to The Starsick Family. Praying that you will find Peace in your memories of Sammy. God Bless.
Andrea Wright
Mar 17, 2019
I want to offer my condolences to you and your family. One of the most difficult things we have to deal with is the loss of a loved one. But God's word at Revelation 21:4 offers some comforting words, it says that God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more. What comfort! The Bible also gives us the hope of seeing our loved ones again. You can find more promised by visiting this website
Karen Holbert Corbin
Mar 13, 2019
Sorry for your lost, Sammy Dale was a great friend as we grew up together and was like a brother
Rocky and Sue Tetrick
Mar 13, 2019
Keeping your family in our prayers...🙏🏻
Phyllis Rohanna Hearn
Mar 13, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Sammy was always smiling and always seen so glad to see you. He will be missed.
Shelia Tarasuk
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss
Grow up with Sam & graduated from Farmington. Prayers for all !
Chris and Heidi Ude
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing and sorry for your loss. Sam was such a kind, sincere, generous man who will be missed.
Aprile (Linda) Morgan
Mar 12, 2019
Francie & Family
So sorry to hear of your husband, Sam's, passing. My thoughts are with you. Even though it has been years since I have seen you, I often think of you.
David Earl
Mar 12, 2019
My most sincere condolences to the Starsick family. . May gods comforts and blessings be with each and every one of you. Through this most difficult time of grief !
Roxanna Rinehart
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry to hear of Sam's passing and your loss, Francie, Josh, and Samantha. I remember Sam as a jolly, friendly man who lit up the room and always had a kind word for me. Cherish your fond memories. He will be missed greatly. Also, Sam, thank you for serving your country in the Navy. Roxanna.
Beth Kennedy, Erica and Rachel
Mar 11, 2019
Francie & Family
I’m so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. I enjoyed seeing you both at Cecelia’s family get togethers and he always had me laughing. I admired your true love for each other 💕 He will be missed by all who knew this fun loving and all around great guy!
Shirley Couts
Mar 11, 2019
Francie, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sam was a great guy. You were a beautiful couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Shirley Handley if you didn't know.
Mike Shackelford
Mar 11, 2019
Condolences to the Starsick family. So sorry to hear of Sam's passing. We'll all miss his never-ending smile and his happy greetings. Fine man and proud to have called him a friend.
Roger L. Bragg
Mar 11, 2019
To Frances and the children, I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was more like a brother to me than a cousin. I wish I was able to be there but do to health reasons I am unable but know this that I love you all and I will miss him dearly. God bless and comfort you all,love Cousin Rog
Linda Pethtel
Mar 11, 2019
I remember San from high school. He always had a smile for everyone and a great personality. Prayers for the family.