A longtime state representative has died.

Paul Malvine Starnes died Friday, January 9, 2015. Mr. Starnes served as State Representative for Chattanooga from 1972-1990. While in office he also served on numerous committees.

He also worked in the education system in different capacities throughout southeast Tennessee.

Mr. Starnes was a graduate of Central High School, Hiwassee College, Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Chattanooga.

He is survived by his wife of 50-years, Mary Grace Feezell Starnes and other family members.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 10, from 3 till 5 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road. 

Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 11, at 2 p. m. in the funeral home chapel. 

Interment will be in Pisgah Cemetery, Decatur, Tennessee following the service.