Daphine Starr, 94, of Smithville passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

She was born February 3, 1928 in Lawrence County, Arkansas to the late Roy and Nettie Weir Stewart. She was member of the Lawrence County Extension Homemakers Club for many years including 4 years as County President. She learned the fine arts of cooking and sewing and enjoyed sewing for family and friends. She graduated from Sloan Hendrix High School in 1946 and was Secretary for Veterans Farm Training for 5 years. In 1952 she married Maurice Starr, her classmate after he served in Korea as a Lieutenant. Together they lived in Alabama, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Hot Springs Arkansas before settling near Smithville, Arkansas. Maurice Starr served as School Superintendent at Williford Arkansas for 29 years. They enjoyed many years together until his passing in 2007. They were both active members of the Methodist Church in Imboden, Hot Springs and Smithville, where she was a Sunday School teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nettie Weir Stewart; husband, Maurice Starr; one brother; and two sisters.

Daphine is survived by her children, Patti (Gary) Starr Russell and Ben (Karen) Starr; four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 10-11 AM at Smithville United Methodist Church with a funeral service beginning at 11 AM with Joe Kaiser and Michael Dodson officiating.  Burial will follow in Coffman Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are David Stewart, Josh Russell, Billy Ken Rowsey, Jeremy Jones, Chris Jones, and M.C. Hottel.