Matthew Nicholas Drake Starlin, 24, of the Birdtown Community, passed away unexpectedly following an auto collision on April 21, 2015 and was pronounced at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Matthew was the son of father Rodney Starlin with step-mother Mollie Grant of Cherokee.
Also surviving Matthew are step brother, Christopher Drew Grant with wife Beth; step sister, Vanessa Grant; half sisters, Shannon Rich and Riana Rich; aunt, Cora Starlin Altiman; great aunts, Charlotte Maney, Margaret French and Lois Wahnetah; step-nephew, C.J. Grant; niece, Chloe Locust; and cousin, Kelsey Simone Altiman.
Matthew was preceded in death by his mother, Laura Irene Saunooke; and grandparents, Sybil Wahnetah Starlin and Charles T. Starlin.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 24 at the Yellowhill Baptist Church from 5pm – 12am with a funeral following the next day on Saturday, April 25 at 2pm. An immediate burial will follow in the Starlin Family Cemetery near the home on Red Rum Hill Rd. in Birdtown with pall bearers being Bobby Driver, Doug Pheasant, Ike Bird, Drew Grant, David Wachacha, Robert Panther, Shane Sneed and Bryan Panther.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements.