History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our history

Starling Funeral Home is a two story antebellum style home, located in Harlem, Georgia, the birthplace of the famous vaudeville actor, Oliver Hardy, and is just 15 minutes west of Bobby Jones Expressway, Augusta, Georgia, and 5 miles from exit 183 off Interstate 20.

Starling Funeral Home was built in the early 1900's. This historical building continues today as an elegant and opulent residence, well known for its refined interior, as well as for its Southern architectural exterior.

The funeral home was established in 1958 as Prather Funeral Home by Barrett Prather. He owned and operated the funeral home until his retirement in 1984. Darron Starling purchased the home from Mr. Prather and restored  the home to its original state and it became Starling Funeral Home.

Serving as an independent funeral Home, families who are grieving a loss come to Starling Funeral Home, as they have for decades, because they know they will be treated as family.

Our Valued Staff

  • Darron  Starling

    Darron Starling Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Darron is a 1973 graduate of Gupton Jones Mortuary College. He is married to Brenda H. Starling and together they owned Starling Funeral Home for over 30 years.

  • Spencer Wood

    Spencer Wood Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Spencer is the son of Dewayne and Lynn Wood and is a life long resident of Warrenton, GA. He graduated in 2013 from Briarwood Academy and is a 2015 honor graduate of Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA, with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. As a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Spencer has fully dedicated his life to serving others.

    Through his young career, Spencer has worked and has been trained in every aspect of the funeral business.

    He is a member and a deacon of Norwood Baptist Church. In his spare time he enjoys sports and returning to his Alma Mater to scrimmage their current team. Spencer also loves spending his time with his twin nephews.

  • Polly Davis

    Polly Davis Location Manager

    Polly was born in Augusta to Jeannine Renew, and the late Rev. Eddie Renew and attended Harlem High School and Augusta Technical College where she obtained her degree in Business and Office Technology. Polly also is a Life Insurance Agent licensed with the State of GA. Polly is the mother of Miranda Davis Scott (Victor) and the late Jacob Davis and “Nana” to her two granddaughters, Ellie and Addie.

    Polly, an ordained minister, is a member of Dearing Full Gospel Church, and is dedicated to serving with a Christian concern.

  • Doug Callaway

    Doug Callaway Licensed Funeral Director/Funeral Assistant

    Doug Callaway was born and grew up in Washington, GA. His father, MW Callaway Sr, was the owner of M W Callaway & Son Funeral Home in Warrenton. His brother, M W Callaway Jr, retired as owner of Callaway Funeral Home in Wrens, GA.

    Doug and his wife, the former Gayle Bufford, have been married for 50 years. They have two daughters and four granddaughters. They moved to Warrenton in 1966 and he began working with his father. He received his Funeral Director's License in 1969. He operated Doug's Quick Stop for 29 years, still working with his father part time. Since selling his store in 2001, he has continued to work part time in the funeral business.

    He and Gayle are active members of Warrenton First Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and chairman of properties committee. In his spare time, Doug enjoys working in his yard, fishing, reading and spending time with his family--especially watching his granddaughters play softball and basketball and run track.

  • George James

    George James Funeral Assistant

    George resides in Grovetown with his wife Sheilah and has three daughters and seven grandchildren. He is an ordained minister with the Congregational Holiness Church and also serves the people of Grovetown, Georgia, as their Mayor.

    George has worked with Starling Funeral Home for the past four years and feels like working with families in their time of need is a ministry within itself.

  • Steve Aaronson

    Steve Aaronson Funeral Assistant

    Steve is a native of Augusta and a 1982 graduate of Westside High School. He is also a graduate of both Georgia College and Augusta State University with a Masters of Education Degree. He is employed full time with the Columbia County Board of Education as a Teacher and Coach. He is an avid runner, enjoys the outdoors and jet skiing. Steve is of the Lutheran faith. He started in the funeral profession in 2011, and if asked, he will tell you it’s not a job, but a calling.

  • Lenora Morris

    Lenora Morris Funeral Assistant

    Lenora retired from Columbia County School System after 23 years of service.
    She and her husband Jimmy attend Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Evans, Ga. They are the parents of two children and a 6 month old grandson. She and her husband reside in Grovetown, GA.

  • Ray Farrow

    Ray Farrow Funeral Assistant

    Ray Farrow is a Business Development Manager at Dividend Medical, specializing in sales and marketing of Electronic Medical Communications, Cancer, UTI and Pharmacogenetic Testing, Clinical Drug Trial Partnering, and other medical service specialties.

    Prior to that, he started and pastored churches in Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina for 25 years. He has preached and taught on mission trips to Brazil, Pakistan, and India, and the US.

    Ray is involved at their home church, Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, Ga., where he serves as a greeter, and a teacher on Sundays and Wednesdays. He also works with the Christian Business Men's Connection (CBMC).

    Ray and his wife, Ellen, live in the Augusta area and have a son, Berton, and three daughters: Megen (Boyett), Jessie, and Shannon (fiancé, Graham McNeely), a son-in-law, Ben Boyett, and two grandsons, Eamon and Rory Boyett.

    Ray loves sports, movies/theater, and reading.

  • Justin Bryan

    Justin Bryan Funeral Assistant

    Justin Bryan grew up in the town of Dearing and attended Thomson High School. He served In the United States Army in the Signal Corps and is an undergrad in Criminal Justice. He has been serving families for 7 years and continues to follow his passion helping those in need. He enjoys creating clay art and cooking up special meals for family and friends.