Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Paul Starling

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, March 15, 1931

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Paul Starling

I never had the privledge to know my Grandfather. He died when my father was only 8 years old. I heard and read newspaper stories of what happened the night he died in a gunfight on a bridge entering Wilmington, N.C.
I am very proud of my Grandfather and will always honor him by telling his story to my children and my grandchildren. I never want them to forget the sacrifice that he gave with his life on that dredful night in 1931. We will remember him always.

Susan K. Starling
Granddaughter of Slain New Hanover County Deputy Sheriff William Paul Starling
In Wilmington, N.C.

July 19, 2012

Deputy Starling,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Hanover County.



March 15, 2011

I wish I had known my Grandfather. I have read newspaper clippings about the actual shooting and the court records following the shooting. My Grandfather was well liked and respected in New Hanover County and Wilmington, N.C. The picture above shows my Grandfather when he was a Wilmington Police Dept.Officer. Interestingly, the car he is standing beside was won by him in a contest that was held by the Wilmington Star News. The car was a second place prize for selling the second most subscriptions to the newspaper. My Grandfather was 12 yrs old when his father was killed. His first cousin went on to become the Head of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Haywood Starling. (now retired)
I am very proud of my Grandfather and especially proud of my name.
Sincerely, Susan K. Starling

Susan Starling

November 13, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 15, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 126th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 15, 2009



March 16, 2008

Never forgotten. RIP brother.

NC Game Warden

April 11, 2007

You will always be remembered. Nobody can take away the honor of you doing your duty. A blessing upon you and your legacy.

West Valley PD, Utah

April 11, 2006

Thoughts and prayers for your family in their efforts.

March 15, 2005

Even today you're still remembered.

"The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us."
- Jean Paul Richter


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