By Bob Weaver

72-year-old Cecil Ferrell "Jerry" Starcher of Charleston often invoked "Starchers are thicker than broomsedge."

Most Calhoun citizens have a lot or a little Starcher blood flowing in their veins, many descendants of Calhoun's first permanent settler Philip Starcher, or one of his brothers.

The passionate historian, with deep roots in Calhoun, Roane and Clay, has died.

He was the curator of a web site that likely had more Starcher information and photos than any other -

See www.starfam.us

Earlier in life, he served as Executive Director of the Community Action Agency in Roane County, loved music and performed with the band Joshua singing, playing the guitar and harmonica.

He enhanced his skills as a photographer and acted on his passion on all matters political.

During retirement, he was active in several coin clubs in West Virginia and Ohio, he enthusiastically promoted his love of coin collecting, sharing his vast knowledge and encouraging anyone who showed interest in coin collecting.

Cecil conducted wide-ranging research of the Starcher Family Tree, creating the web site documenting his findings which, most likely, represents the most extensive genealogical records of the Starcher family.

He joins another passionate historian, Carol Cronin of Roane County, who died last week.

See full obituary Cecil Ferrell Starcher

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