Debbie Starrette

Deborah Ann Cothren Starrette, 54, of Statesville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Gordon Hospice House. She was born April 3, 1958 in Iredell County and was the daughter of Lonnie Edward Cothren and Shirley Parker Cothren, who survive.

She was a 1976 graduate of North Iredell High School and attended Mitchell Community College. On April 25, 1987 she was married to Bryan S. Starrette, who also survives.

For a number of years she was in business with her husband at Starrette’s Office Systems and more recently she was in account management and sales at Staples. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

Debbie had a great appreciation of the arts and was a member of the Mitchell College Community Choir, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, designing flowers and cooking.

In addition to her parents and husband she is survived by two daughters, Emily Bryan Starrette, of Durham, NC and Sarah Kathryn Starrette, of Statesville. She is also survived by one sister, Kim C. Harris (James), of Union Grove, NC, along with a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary West officiating. Active pallbearers will be Jon Cichelli, Buddy York, Brent Alexander, Dustin Tucker, Glenn Harris and Justin Harris. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will follow at a later date.

Memorial may be made to the Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or to the Fifth St. Ministries, P.O. Box 5217, Statesville, NC 28687.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Deborah Ann Cothren Starrette.  

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19 Responses to Debbie Starrette

  1. Dirk Robertson, media specialist says:

    Dear Emily and Sarah: I moved to Lewisville near Winston-Salem and have worked in Guilford County Schools for five years, but I still get my mom’s Statesville papers and I was so saddened to read of your mother’s passing. I well remember her and the both of you from our days at Pressly Elem. You are a wonderful family- she was the epitomie of a giving, loving school volunteer, and she provided our school system with two delightful daughters who could not have been better students. I’m so sorry for this loss— it is hard for one to lose her Mama at any age, but especially so young. Just know that a former librarian cares and sends his gratitude that all of you brought such rays of light into a few years of my educational employment. Caringly, Mr. Robertson

  2. Pat Moore says:

    Bryan and girls – I adored Debbie – we got to know each other in choir and had one girl’s night out – she kept us entertained. I did not know she was sick. My love to each of you, Pat

  3. Angela Hartness says:

    I grew up with Debbie being a neighbor (Angie Ward). My prayers and thoughts go out for her husband, children, Ed & Shirley, & Kim. I know that heaven received a beautiful angel.

  4. Linda D Bollinger says:

    Dear Families: I send my sincere condolenses to all of you in the loss of Debbie. She was a special person who never met a stranger. I am so sorry. May the Lord wrap you in His loving arms and comfort you at this sad time.

  5. mickey and lucia morrison says:

    bryan, we were so sorry to hear of debbie’s passing. we wwill keep you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers. take comfort in your memories. love, lucia and mickey

  6. Salina Ramsay says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Bryan, Emily and Sarah. You will continue to be in my prayers. I wish that I could have been there with you this weekend.

  7. Sherry Hawkins says:

    It was a joy to have worked with Debbie. She always had a smile on her face. My prayers go out to the family she leaves behind. Take a hold of God hand and he will help you through this hard time.

  8. Kathy Santaus says:

    I worked with Debbie for a few years. I always enjoyed her professionalism and sense of humor. We shared stories about our kids and totally understood each other. I will miss her a great deal. My condolances to Brian and the girls.

  9. Marion Carney says:

    May loving memories continue to bring comfort now and in the days to come. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Dick and Nancy Dietz says:

    Our sincere condolences to you, Bryan, and to your girls. We didn’t know Debbie, but we know she must have been a wonderful wife, mother, friend. God bless your family with peace of heart at this difficult time.

  11. Dee W. Lunsford says:

    Dear family, We’re very sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for all of you. I’ll always cherish the memories of my neighborhood friend! :) Debbie is dwelling in her mansion right now……
    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    We’ll be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sent with our deepest sympathy, Mo & Dee

  12. Bob Kyle says:

    It’s a sad day that we lose a great lady like Debbie. Debbie was a delight to be around. She was always positive, regardless of the situation. While the loss is great, I’ll always have the fond memories of my association with Debbie.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family,

  13. Patty Severt says:

    Debbie was one of a kind. I almost never saw her that she was not smiling or laughing. She made my day every day I worked with her, which I was blessed to do for several years. I pray the Lord will comfort her family as only He can do.

    I’ll see you on the other side, Debs. :-)

  14. Sandra Prevette says:

    Debbie was a very special person. She had a wonderful sense of humor and we shared many laughs over the years. I consider myself very privileged to have worked with Debbie. I am certainly going to miss seeing her around. I hope Debbie’s family finds comfort during this difficult moment in time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  15. Laura Breece says:

    My deepest condolences to the Starrette family. Though I did not know Debbie as long as many of you, she was very special to me. She was always able to brighten my day at work and was awesome at giving me advice about my 8 year old. She truly was an a amazing person and is missed.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Tara Brown says:

    What a wonderful lady! So blessed to have known her! My deepest sympathy goes out to Debbie’s family.
    Tara Brown

  17. Praying for God to comfort you all. Please know you’re in the hearts of others who care about you all and pray for you as God eases your sorrow and replaces it with sweet memories.

  18. Paul & Kathy Gibson says:

    Bryan, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of Debbie. She was a lovely lady and is was a pleasure to have known her. You and your daughters are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in knowing that she is at peace. Our deepest sympathy.

  19. Robin Mathis says:

    To the family:
    There is comfort in friendship, Hope in prayer, Peace in Love. Sharing in your sorrow with friendship, prayers, and love.

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during your time of sorrow.

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