Pastor C. James Starks, Patriarch of the Starks Family, Makes His Transition

Photo Credit: Starks Family

(Detroit, MI)  Members of the Gospel Music community at large offer prayers and condolences to the Starks family in the untimely passing of the family patriarch, Elder C. James Starks, on Monday, April 14.

A loving and devoted husband, father, spiritual leader, and “man by example,” Pastor Starks was a mentor and inspiration to many, both young and old.

“Dad was my hero,” said multiple Dove and Stellar Award-nominated composer and producer Derrick Starks. “I would not be the man or the musician I am today had it not been for his example. Over 54 years of marriage and 80 years of life, his loss is felt throughout our entire close-knit family, but through it all, we trust in the providence of God. God is a sustainer and the Holy Spirit is a comforter. The LORD Jehovah will lead us safely through.”

Arrangements are being finalized for the visitation and home going celebration. Cards and condolences can be sent to the family electronically via or via mail.

The Starks Family
29171 Birchcrest
Warren, MI 48093

JGM expresses its condolences to the Starks Family and prays for its comfort and healing during this time.

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