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Diane Vaughan Starnes

May 7, 1943 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 77)


Diane V. Starnes, 77, of Chesterfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Born May 7, 1943, in Chesterfield, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. and Esther Martin Vaughan and wife of the late Marvin L. Starnes, who preceded her in death in April 2018. Mrs. Starnes was a full-time homemaker and worked tirelessly to raise and nurture her six children, by whom she is survived: Christian Starnes (Cherie), Kelly Royster (Scott), Heather Van Gieson (Victor), Joel Starnes (Angie), Aaron Starnes (Alisha), & Maria Turley (Spencer). She had 23 grandchildren and was expecting her first great-grandchild in 2021. Additionally, she is survived by her siblings: Alvin Vaughan (Cecil), Nina Shoosmith, Macey Vaughan (Vivian), Betty Hill, Marshall Vaughan (Lydia), & Frances Smith. Music was an integral part of her life; she was an accomplished musician, a private instructor for voice and piano. Mrs. Starnes will lie at E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834 on Monday January 18, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 2901 W Hundred Road, Chester, Virginia 23831 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM and will be live streamed (link will be available at In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Belmont Ward, Missionary Fund, 3541 Cogbill Road, Richmond, Virginia 23234. Online condolences may be registered at

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Remains will rest
January 18, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, Colonial Heights Chapel
2033 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Graveside Service
January 19, 2021

11:00 AM
Sunset Memorial Park
2901 W. Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23831

This event will be live-streamed

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