Obituaries - April 22, 2009

Sen. Terrell Adamson Starr

Retired Sen. Terrell Adamson Starr, 83, went to be with his Lord Jesus on Sunday, April 19. The sixth son of J.E. "Bud" and Kate Starr, he was a lifelong resident of Clayton County. Terrell and Celeste McKinney, childhood sweethearts, who married after he joined the Navy during World War II, would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this June. He moved his membership from Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Jonesboro to First Baptist Church of Forest Park when they married. He served his Lord in many capacities, as deacon for over 50 years, on committees and faithful attendance at the Church. He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and also a man of the people - a leader, and a statesman. He was first elected to public office as a commissioner from Clayton County, serving for eight years. Then, in 1968, he won his first term in the state Senate representing Clayton and Henry counties and he held that seat until he retired in 2005. His many friends knew he could be counted on and he was humbled by the trust others placed in him. Terrell was preceded in death by his parents, five older brothers, Raymond, Harold, Thurman, Wayne and Aubrey; parents-in-law J.B. and Annis Lee McKinney.

He is survived by his beloved wife Celeste; daughter, JoAnn and son-in-law, Rick McJenkin; son, Terry and daughter-in-law Jan Joiner Starr; grandchildren, Adamson, Benjamin, Joseph, Audra, Jillann and Nance Starr. Surviving in-laws are Jay and Janet McKinney, Henry and LaVerna McKinney, Ed and Margaret McKinney of Jacksonville, Fla.; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family greeted visitors Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park, 834 Main St., (404) 366-6333. Also, from 12 p.m., until the funeral hour at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, at the church. Dr. Reed Crumbliss and the Rev. Paul Robins will bring the service. If you desire, the family suggests in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to First Baptist Church of Forest Park, or your charity of choice, in the memory of Senator Starr. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Justin "O.P." Murray, Sr.

Justin "O.P." Murray, Sr., 28, of Jackson passed away April 19, 2009. Justin was fun-loving person who lived life to its fullest. He was a great father, who loved his children. Justin was a giving person that would do anything for anyone in need. In 1998 Justin saved the life of four people in a burning house in Atlanta. He was a true hero. He will be missed by many. Justin is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Mindi Hornburg of Jackson; daughters, Hannah Murray and Susie Murray both of Jackson; son, Justin Murray, Jr., of Jackson; mother, Barbara Martinez-Cancio of Jackson; grandmother, Susan Sutton of Franklin, Ga.; brothers, Mitchell Murray of Stockbridge, his twin brother, Joshua Murray of Hampton; sister Rachel Sutton of Forest Park, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Ward's Fairview Chapel with Pastor Terrell Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the funeral home, to help pay for expenses. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Ga., 30281. (770) 474-1231.