WIRTZ - The Franklin County mother of the popular local gospel group, Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers died Saturday, according to her obituary published by Flora Funeral Service Monday. Elsie Starkey is survived by her five sons; Larnell Starkey, Walter Starkey, Danny Starkey, Tim Starkey, and Demone Starkey and daughter Dar Alexander.
In a Facebook post Saturday, the group made the announcement, "We are saddened this morning that our Head Angel has gotten her wings this morning RIP mom we're going to miss you but we know you are smiling love you because we know you loved us [sic]"
The family will receive visitors Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center on South Main Street in Rocky Mount. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Pigg River Center. A private family memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church on Inglewood Drive in Wirtz.