April 16, 1949 ~ February 14, 2010
Starling Arch III, also known as "Baby", was born to Starling, Jr. and Beatrice Marie Chism Arch, April 16, 1949, in Gary Indiana. His father preceded him in death.
Baby was the third child of eight children born to this union, his siblings; Shirlyn, Wendell (deceased), Dennis (deceased), Kevin, Kim, Ardis and Anton.
Baby graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967. During his tenure at Roosevelt High School, he became a member of the school Orchestra. He played the cello.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his beloved sister, Shirlyn, whom he referred to as "Sue". Baby began his studies at University of California Riverside, Trade Tech. and Los Angeles City College, where he pursued a History degree with an emphasis on teaching.
Starling was extremely close to his cousin that lived in Gary, Indiana. They formed a special bond known as the "Gary-St. Louis Connection". They were sisters and brothers in spirit; Anita Myles, Cindy Myles, Dwayne Laster, Elliott Laster, Forester Chism, Ginna Hayden, Jerry Hayden (deceased), Loretta Chism (deceased), Mack Myles, Shirley Chism, and Venetra Chism.
In 1970, he met Cynthia DeKay Jones. This union produced three (3) children; Chinyere Ouida Arch; a set of twins, Starling Arch IV and Kevin Arch and two (2) grandchildren; Justin Crockett, nine (9) years old and Zoey Arch, 18 months.
Amongst his peers and those who really knew him he was "known" as the Peace Maker and the Peace Keeper. Baby possessed a kind and gentle spirit, as the old lady who rode in his cab for years attested to by leaving him the executor of her estate, or the six year old passenger, tearfully asking Baby to babysit her oversized baby doll because her mother would not let her take her doll inside the theater. There are a multitude of acts of love, goodness, righteousness, and kindness that can be recalled.
Starling leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Beatrice Marie Arch, his children Chinyere, Starling, and Kevin, and grandchildren, Justin Crockett and Zoey, his three sisters, Shirlyn Brown (william), Ardis-Arch Hassan (Omer) and Kim Austin.
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