ELDER G. B. STARR
George Burt Starr was born in Springfield, Ohio, Aug. 19, 1854. In 1874 he accepted Christ and joined the Congregational Church. Fired with soul-winning fervor that ever characterized his Christian life, he labored as an undenominational evangelist in 1875 and had the honor of working with Dwight L. Moody in Chicago in 1876.
When the light of present truth fell on his pathway in 1876 he embraced it whole- heartedly. At once he began to preach it, and in the following year was given a ministerial license. In 1879 he was ordained to the Seventh-day Adventist ministry, beginning an evangelistic career that lasted 65 years.
From 1884 to 1891 he was connected with the Bible school in Chicago. The next 18 years found him in Australia. There he and his first wife, Nellie Sisley-Starr, who for fifty years stood faithfully with him in his evangelistic endeavors, went with Mrs. E. G. White to help build up our denominational work. After his return to the United States he served on the Pacific Coast for a time, then was asked by the General Conference to work in the big cities of the United States and Canada. From about 1909 to 1914 he was chaplain of the Melrose Sanitarium. He came to Southern California in 1915, assisting in our institutions and conferences. Many were inspired by Elder Starr’s recital of his experiences with Sister White in the earlier days of the message.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Olga Starr, his sister, Mrs. Mary Brayton, a nephew and a niece. Funeral services were conducted by Elders E. T. Seat, J. E. Fulton, David Voth, W. E. Barr and Wm. G. Wirth.
Death of Pastor C. B. Starr
Many of the old members in Australia who were personally acquainted with Pas tor G. B. Starr will be sorry indeed to learn of his death. He passed away on February 24 with a heart attack. In a letter just to hand from America, we are told that on the morning of his last day he awoke, felt a little weary, and after having breakfast in bed began to repeat some of his experi ences with Mrs. E. G. White. Then he be gan some exhortation as though he were talking to visitors, and burst out singing, “O that will be glory for me.” While sing ing, his voice choked, and Mrs. Starr rushed to his side to find him in a heart seizure. She called the doctor, but before he could arrive the old veteran had laid down his task. There were more than six hundred in attendance at the church for his funeral. He was greatly loved by the children, and one little girl only fifteen years of age
wrote the following lines:—
“Stormy winds, blow a little softer here;
Summer sun, shine a little warmer here;
Winter winds, don’t be so cold—
For one lies here we loved so dear,
The one with the heart of gold.”