Thelma Lee Starks Buie

4 Feb 1912 - 19 Oct 2007

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Thelma Lee Starks Buie

4 Feb 1912 - 19 Oct 2007
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Thelma Lee Starks Buie


Larkin Sunset Gardens

1702 E 10600 S
Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah
United States


June 9, 2012


June 8, 2012

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PAPA, (John Logan Starks, by his daughter Fern)

Colaborador: shirlbur Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

PAPA John Logan Starks was born May 13, 1891 at Blossom, Texas to James Lewis and Sarah Jane Wallace Starks. He was the fourth child of five boys and one girl. One day in the year of 1905, Papa's father went to visit one of his brothers and his family. Their baby was very ill with the croup, almost choking to death. The father-in-law was a member of the church, and seeing how sick the child was, had asked the missionaries to come and give the child a blessing. As soon as the blessing was over, the child completely recovered. This impressed our grandfather very much. He invited the missionaries to come to his home to teach the gospel to his family. The Elders were only able to get to their area just a couple of times, but they taught the family the principles of the gospel and studied the scriptures together. In May, grandfather and grandmother were both baptized. In January, 1906, Papa was baptized. Even though ice had to be broken on the river for Papa to be baptized, he said he didn't notice how cold the water was because he was so very happy to be baptized. He had been very impressed with the way the mission¬aries lived, the kind of people they were. He made the decision at the tender age of thirteen that this was the way he wanted to live his life. He made this way of life a goal to work toward. He did what he knew was right, made mistakes as all mortals do, but always lived the best he knew how. Papa came from a gentle and loving family. He was always kind, gentle, and loving; considerate and thoughtful to all he knew and especially to his family. He was quiet and soft spoken, but his words had a lot of meaning. He was optimistic and looked at the good things he had. He never wasted time and energy longing for what he did not have. He truly tried always to live the golden rule. When a wrong was done to him, he quickly forgave and felt sorry for that person, that he had chosen to live their life in that manner. Papa's father died one year of his baptism. Therefore, at the age of fourteen, Papa helped assume responsibility of caring for the family. His people were farmers and Papa worked hard and contributed all he could. He learned early to be self-sufficient. Papa never stopped to ask “If” he could do it or not, but when something needed to be done, he would work at it until he had learned to do it. We children grew up with this philosophy. Whatever needed to be done, we did it the best we could. The family moved to Enoch, Texas where there was a small branch of the church. The family was happy here where they could attend their church meetings and associate with other church members. There were two members that caught the eye of Papa and one of his brothers, William, two beautiful sisters. Papa began dating the older of the two, but was impressed more with the younger one. Soon he was dating her. The older brother of Papa, dated the older sister and soon they were married. It wasn't very long before Papa knew this beautiful girl was the one meant for him, the one he wanted to spend his life with. Their first date was the fourth of July picnic, and they were married July 5th. They would often tease that they met on the fourth and married on the fifth. Of course there was a year difference. Papa and Mama (Cora Orlena Sneed), were married July 5, 1911, at the little white church in Enoch, Texas. All their friends and family were present. Mama and Papa never had much money or material wealth; their wealth lay with their deep love for each other and the happiness they shared. Their eight children were a great happiness to them. Papa was an optimistic person; he always looked on the good side of life. He saw the good in people and he never said a harsh word about anyone. He was grateful for the things he had. He deeply loved his good wife, his children, his in-laws, grandchildren, great, and great-great grandchildren. Thelma was born February 4, 1912; two months premature weighing only 2 pounds. The doctors gave no hope of keeping her. But Mama, at age 15, worked with her. Papa gathered catnip and they made it into a tea. They gave her a little catnip every little while and the determination of both of them pulled her through. She is still living today with a fine husband and four children, Thelma remembers well the stories Papa would tell her and the other children. She also remembers the many times Papa would leave his work in the evenings to help her with her studies. They both loved math and enjoyed doing it together. Papa did not have many years of formal education, but he was a self-learned man. When they came across a problem they could not solve, they worked at it until they figured it out. One time they worked for quite a while on one real tough problem, finally figuring it out. The next day at school the teacher was very impressed with this because she could not figure out how to do the problem herself. Othar, the first son and second child, was born February 15, 1915. He was a strong, healthy, happy boy. He brought much joy into the home. Being the oldest boy, a lot of responsibility was placed on him. Othar spent many hours helping Papa in the fields and learned well to do whatever needed to be done. At a very young age, he could be depended on to go to town to purchase farm parts or whatever else that was needed. This has carried on through his life and with his family of seven boys and two girls. Odas, the second son and third child, was born April 11, 1917. He was Papa's little shadow. Odas thought he was as big as his brother and thought he should go along with Papa and Othar to be included in everything they did. He later had a family of four boys himself. These three men of the Starks family; Papa, Othar, and Odas, grew together and became very close. They were very protective of the women in the family. Fannie, the second daughter and fourth child, was born February 17, 1919. She was always the talented one of the family. She could draw, paint, and make anything she made up her mind to make. Papa was very proud of her abilities. Fannie was a great babysitter for us younger children. She was always a happy and pleasant person. She was a lot of help to Mama in caring for us younger children. Sybil, the third daughter and fifth child, was born February 24, 1922. She has always been a special help to Mama and Papa. She has been the one to care for them for many years. She feels this is a very special privilege. Sybil, Karl her husband, and their four children, have been happy to have them in their home and partake of the blessings that have come to them by having Mama and Papa in their home. We, as the rest of the family, appreciate all that they have done. Audrey, born February 12, 1924; Fern, born January 29, 1926; Linnea, born January 7, 1928, were the three youngest children of the family. They were known as the three musketeers of the John Starks family. We three were full of mischief, and hard to keep up with. I'm afraid I (Fern) was the leader of most of the capers. We did most everything together. We spent a lot of our time helping in the fields, as did all the other children. Papa always felt very bad that we had to work so hard, but we have all been grateful that we learned how to work. Audrey has five children, Fern has six and Linnea has eight. Mama and Papa were always very close and worked together. Mama was a great helpmate and supported Papa in everything. After Mama and Papa had been married several years, they moved to Cox's, Texas. This was quite a long distance from the church, therefore we did not have many opportunities to attend. We were all very happy when the missionaries found their way to our home to teach us more of the gospel. The Elders organized a Sunday School in our home and later a Branch was organized in Gilmer, Texas. Many times Papa would be the only priesthood bearer there. He would have to conduct, administer and pass the sacrament. The decision that Papa made at the age of thirteen to live the best he knew, stayed with him all his life. He tried to learn and benefit from his mistakes. It was a great joy to Papa and Mama when they were able to go to Salt Lake and be sealed in the Lord's temple. Their daughter Audrey, and her husband, were married in the Salt Lake Temple at the same time. Papa amd Mama later moved to Salt Lake City. They spent fifteen years doing genealogy and temple work. They have several lines back to Adam. Papa loved to study the scriptures. He has read the standard works several times, as well as other church books. Papa loved the gospel and loved to share it with others. He was most happy when he was having a gospel conversation. Mama and Papa taught us children the gospel the best they could. We all have many pleasant memories of the times Papa would tell us stories from the Bible and Book of Mormon. Many times as we would walk to and from the fields to work, Papa would take advantage of this time to tell us these stories. Mama taught us the gospel through example and song. She always sang the hymns. We children always felt all was right with the world when we would hear her sing the hymns. Mama was always very devoted to Papa. She never left his side, especially during the last while when he was so very ill. He received of her strength. In all their 69 years of married life, Mama and Papa enjoyed a wealth of love and happiness. They never accumulated a lot of material wealth, but all that there was, was for the benefit of the family. Papa sacrificed many things that he might of had to give to his family. Papa's thoughts were always for the good of his family and Mama. Papa would not let anyone do anything for him that he could do for himself. Even at the last while of his life, he insisted on getting up and doing for himself whenever possible. Papa was a farmer most all his life. In 1944, the family moved to the Bay area in California. Here Papa became a sheet metal worker. He helped at the defense shipyards during the war, and later worked in Salt Lake. He retired at the age of 65. Papa was never one to sit around, but was always a hard worker, so he began working for the church at the Welfare Square. He did not retire again until he was 85. Papa was proud of his posterity; 8 children, 40 grandchildren, 91 great grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren. (As related by Papa's daughter Fern as a tribute at his passing on July 25, 1980)

Life timeline of Thelma Lee Starks Buie

Thelma Lee Starks Buie was born on 4 Feb 1912
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 18 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 19 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 33 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 41 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 52 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 65 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 71 years old when Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was released. Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie was 78 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Thelma Lee Starks Buie died on 19 Oct 2007 at the age of 95
Grave record for Thelma Lee Starks Buie (4 Feb 1912 - 19 Oct 2007), BillionGraves Record 1387192 Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States