Bettie Jo Starnes

Bettie Jo Starnes, 74, of Brenham, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at her residence. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Bettie Jo was born February 13, 1936, in Stamford, Texas, to Joe Crews and Maggie Stafford Crews. On October 3, 1962, Betty Jo married Bill Starnes, and they just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

She loved shopping at garage sales, and she enjoyed her coffee chats with her son-in-law, Tooter. Bettie loved the Lord and showed her faith by collecting angels. She loved her family very much as well as her little dog, Sierra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Lafonda Sanchez, and a sister, Shirley Lain.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Bill Starnes, of Brenham; sons and daughters-in-law, Wallace and Vickie Johnson, of Wimberly, Texas, Tony and Bitsy Lett, of Brenham, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Terry Maxwell, of Brenham, Texas; ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; two nieces, and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the City of Brenham Animal Shelter at 2007 Old Chappell Hill Road, Brenham, Texas.


  1. We were so sad to hear of Jody’s passing. May God bless you and your family during this time and always. Cherish your memories…
    Love, Normie and Jerry

  2. Shorty, Tony, Sherry & families,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I’m sure she’s singing with the angels now and can see clearly once again. May God comfort you with His perfect love. Take care. Barbara

  3. Bill and family. There is nothing I can say but she was a great person. The years that we ran around together are very memorable. We laughed, cried and enjoyed each other so much. We were there for each other and every moment is a great memory. I hate that we eventually faded away from each other and I have thought of our friendship from time to time and it always brought a smile or a tear accordingly to what the situation was. I’m sorry I was not there to say goodbye but in my heart I have done so. I know you will find peace eventually with her memory and that would have been what she would have wanted. Please accept my condolences and my love.

  4. Bill,I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will have better days in the future. I am the little guy who works for Dow in Freeport, I see you in Wal Mart every once in a while.I am saying some prayers for you. Mike Porter

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