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Joshua David Starr

April 18, 1989 November 27, 2021
Joshua David Starr
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Obituary for Joshua David Starr
Joshua Starr, age 32, died on Saturday, November 27. He was a man of great brilliance,
kindness, and empathy for others. He took his own life, but the cause of death was chronic
depression throughout his life.

A Murrah High School graduate, Josh earned a degree in journalism from the University
of Southern Mississippi. He was a writer, a poet, a lover of the natural world in its simplicity and
its complexity. His hobby of growing edible mushrooms developed into his business of selling
to local restaurants what he grew.

Because of his struggles, he developed a remarkably empathetic personality. His life was
filled with a kindness that ranged from taking off his own coat on a bitter cold winter day to give
to a man standing on the corner in short sleeves to saving a homeless kitten stranded in the
middle of North State Street that became his loyal pet. His generosity knew no bounds, and he
exhibited it on a daily basis. He was a giver and sharer to his very core.

Josh, in short, was a remarkable man: highly educated, articulate, and a voice for those in
the community who were voiceless. He had disdain for bullies and was firm and outspoken on his

He would want portions of his final note to his parents shared with the larger world. They
were, “I know nothing I write could help you, my loved ones, bear the finality of my choice to
end my life. I am sorry and I hope you can find some solace in the knowledge that I am at peace
now. If you loved me, I assure you that I knew and that I loved you as well. Please take care of
yourselves and others.”

He is survived by his father, Jack Starr, mother, Terry Hunt, brother, Gabe Starr and a
host of others who cared deeply about Josh.

He would want any contributions made in his memory to go to the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). You may visit their website at to donate.
Secondly, he would ask that we all be kind to others who are on difficult journeys in this life.

Condolences may be emailed to his father, Jack Starr, at and to
his mother, Terry Hunt, at . A memorial service will be planned for a later
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Family holding services at a later date.

Memorial Contribution

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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