Joe Starkey, 74, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at his home following a lengthy illness. Cremation has taken place and graveside services at South Park Cemetery are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Doug Mills of First United Methodist Church officiating.
Joe was born on Dec. 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, N.J., and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doris and Ken Gilbreath of Friends-wood, Texas.
Joe graduated from Roswell High School in 1955 and attended Texas University, New Mexico State and the University of New Mexico.
Joe’s passion was always cars and some may remember his red 1932 Ford 3-window coupe which he built and won many awards. Joe began racing cars and after obtaining a sponsorship, he and his family moved to Dallas where he raced all over the country, including Roswell’s Tour de Ocho Millas race at Bottomless Lakes, twice holding the track record and culminating his racing career in Daytona, Fla. 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 St., Roswell, N.M. 88203, or to First United Methodist Church Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, N.M. 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 ballardfuneralhome.com.