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Corrections Officer Tommy Mellie Starnes | Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Corrections Officer

Tommy Mellie Starnes

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, June 11, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Corrections Officer Tommy Starnes served at the the Ferguson State Prison Farm near Midway in Madison County. He was on-duty at the state ferry which crossed the Trinity River between the prisons at Eastham and Ferguson. He went into the shack and placed his shotgun loaded with buckshot on the table. The shotgun fell off of the table and discharged. Fifteen buckshot struck Starnes, passing through his body. He died before aid could arrive from camp headquarters.

Starnes was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Starnes of Midway; three brothers, Herman, Clyde and Bud; and three sisters, all of Midway. He was buried in the Harmony Cemetery in Huntsville, Walker County.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 15, 2015


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