Joe Starkey, 74, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home following a lengthy illness. Cremation has taken place and graveside services at South Park Cemetery are scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2 pm with Dr. Doug Mills of First United Methodist Church officiating.
Joe was born on December 25, 1937 in El Paso, Texas to Ned Gillespie Starkey and Betty Jane Mullis Starkey. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John Blakely Starkey.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Alma Starkey his son Ned Starkey of Roswell his niece Deda Idell of Blue Anchor, NJ and his sisterinlaw and brotherinlaw Doris and Ken Gilbreath of Friendswood, Texas.
Joe graduated from Roswell High School in 1955 and attended Texas University, New Mexico State and University of New Mexico.
Joes passion was always cars and some may remember his red 1932 Ford 3window Coupe which he built and won many awards. Joe began racing cars and after obtaining a sponsorship, he and his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he raced all over the country including Roswells Los Oches Millas race at the Bottomless Lakes twice holding the track record and culminating his racing career in Daytona, Florida by winning the Sports Car Club of America National Championship.
After retiring from racing, Joe had several automotive dealerships in Dallas and Roswell and retired from Starkey Motor Company in 2004.
Joe will be remembered as a man of character and integrity who loved his wife and son dearly. He wanted nothing more than to keep his loved ones safe, happy and secure.
Donations in his name can be made to the Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88203 or First United Methodist Church Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund, 200 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201 or a favorite charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com
We were so sorry to hear about Joe, he was very special to us. Bob remembers all the good times they had together.
La Nell Bob RoperMesa, AZ
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
All our love.
Terry Alys WilmotAlbuquerque, NM