Michael was born to the late William Strarling Sr and the late Georgia Elam Starling in Los Animas, Colorado. He had a kind heart, who only saw the good in people. He was a welder at Steel Specialty, Inc. in Belmont, NC for at least 20 years. He was a sports fanatic who loved his Cleveland Browns, The North Carolina Tar Heels, & Davey Allison. He loved his Family, his friends, his coffee, his liver mush, his sundrop & his Marlboro Lights.
In addition to his parents he was proceeded in Death by his Grandparents Luther and Treva Starling, Herbert and Lillie Elam and Stella Elam; Brother Richard “Buddy” Starling; Nephews Marlin Starling and Christopher Starling; Great niece Emily “Lulu” Paul; and son-in-law Darrell “Ddub” Crawford.
He was survived by his children, April Starling, Michael Starling Jr., Bryan Starling, Christina Casal, Josh and Tonya Watkins; Brothers William “Bill” Starling Jr. (Millie), Ted Starling (Linda), Brent Starling (Teresa); Sisters Terri Helms (Roger), Denise Clinkscales (Timmy), and Fran Bingham; Sister-in-law Diane Starling; Grandchildren, Melissa, Dwayne and Catelyn Hudson, Breanna, Brittany, Chloe, and DJ Crawford, Matt Watkins, True Morgan, Lucas “Caine” and Ryan “Raven” Huffman, Christopher Herron, and Cody and Eva Watkins; Great grand daughter Raylan Hilliard; his many Nieces, Nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many special friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Catawba Heights Baptist Church in Belmont, NC. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.kiserfuneralhome.com.