James E. "Sonny" Starcher, 54 of Spencer, West Virginia died July 18, 2001 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, after an extended illness.

He was born September 10, 1946 in Roane County, a son of the late Wilford C. and Betsy Lou Miller. "Sonny" served as a Spencer City Councilman for two terms. He was a member of the Spencer Development Authority and attended Slate United Methodist Church.

He was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Vietnam Service Medal and a Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 1960. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 21, Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Mr. Starcher is survived by his wife, Peggy Freeland Starcher, a daughter, Crystal Dawn Starcher Lawson of Spencer; a son, James E. "Bub" Starcher of Spencer and five grandchildren, Cruise Lawson, Cody Starcher, Christian Lawson and Casey Lawson all of Spencer and Tara Diehl of Daytona Beach, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hiram "Hi" and "Sis" Lukens.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Reverend Jackie Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Graveside services will be conducted by American Legion Post 21. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Friday.