He was a very happy guy. I never saw him without a smile on his face.
"Words can’t express the feelings of sorrow and mourning that we have at the passing of our dear friend Virgil Starks," athletic director Jay Jacobs said. "Virgil was passionate about all facets of his life and cared for Auburn student-athletes as if they were his own children. He will be dearly missed by all that he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with Virgil’s family, friends and our Auburn Family in these difficult times."
A native of Hartselle, Ala., Starks succumbed to cardiac arrest while returning home after the Auburn football game against Tennessee-Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Tigers Unlimited Foundation in memory of Virgil Starks. All donations will benefit Starks’ passion: The academic and life-skills enhancement of Auburn student-athletes.
Starks is survived by his wife, Donna, and three daughters, Carolyn, Victoria, and Anastasia.