Starkey Eugene Whitfield

February 24, 1939 - February 19, 2020

02/24/1939 - 02/19/2020

Past Services

Friday February 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service
101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Saturday February 22, 2020
11:00 am
Oak City Christian Church
310 West Commerce Street
Oak City, NC 27857

Starkey Eugene Whitfield, age 80, of Oak City, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

A native and lifelong resident of Martin County, NC, Eugene was born to the late Stella Roebuck and Harvey Zeno Whitfield on February 24, 1939.  After high school, he served in the Army National Guard for eight years while farming.  He later worked as an instrument technician at Weyerhaeuser in Plymouth, NC.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.  Eugene was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be missed by many.

In addition to his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his brother, Ed Whitfield; and his special friend, Jean Murray.

He is survived by his daughter, Carla W. Canady of Greenville; his sons, Starkey E. Whitfield, Jr. of Tarboro and Stacey L. Whitfield of Hobgood; his grandchildren, Allison M. Canady, Jon Carter Canady, and Starkey Chase Whitfield; and his siblings, Janie Foster and husband Garland of Pinetops, Shirley W. Oglesby and husband Calvin of Oak City, and Jeffrey Whitfield and wife Susan of Hamilton.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Oak City Christian Church.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made directly to the Oak City Christian Church, P.O. Box 9, Oak City, NC 27857 or online by clicking here; or directly to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue – 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or online by clicking here.

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Whitfield family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Patsy Umphlet Peele
4 years ago

Eugene was one of the nicest & sweetest friends I have ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Heaven has gained an angel.

Kenneth Hutchinson
4 years ago

So sorry for the family

Phyllis Coats
4 years ago

Love thoughts and prayers for the Family

Wayland Jones
4 years ago

Keeping you in our thoughts in prayers.

Janet Whitfield Elmassian
4 years ago

Eugene was a devoted father, husband, and friend. And…a great brother-in-law!
He will be missed.