Rex Starcher, 89 - Spencer

Rex Starcher, 89, of Spencer, W.Va., died Sept. 10, 2007, at the Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

He was born April 24, 1918, at Clover, W.Va., a son of the late Sylvester S. and Mae Elizabeth Langford Starcher.

He was a 1935 graduate of Spencer High School and immediately went to the Special Services of the U.S. Army and served through World War II. Upon his return home, he started working at Kaiser Aluminum in 1958 until his retirement in 1981.

Rex was a former member of the Spencer City Council, where he was elected to 10 terms during the years of 1961-1993. Spencer saw many improvements during his 32 years on the council.

Rex loved reading and gardening. He was especially fond of sports and supported sports programs locally and at West Virginia University. He was always interested in current events and was a member and former chairman of the Roane County Democratic Executive Committee. He was a member of the Moriah Lodge 38 AF&AM and the Roane County Chamber of Commerce. He was past president of the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival Committee and was the longest serving member, having served three terms as president.

Rex is survived by a sister, Joretta Foster of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters, Earliss Starcher, Goldie Young, Willard, Alvin, Bernard and O.L. "Bill" Starcher, Opal Stout and Ruth Simmons.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Ruth Grimm officiating and Spencer Mayor Terry A. Williams delivering the eulogy.

Burial will be in the Starcher Cemetery near Arnoldsburg, W.Va., with military graveside rites by various local groups. Visiting hours are from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival, 116 Court St., Spencer, WV 25276.