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Martha Starnes, original owner
Billy Starnes was a commercial fisherman who caught everything that would brush up against his line at Sardis Lake. In 1979, he talked his wife into expanding their fish and bait shop business to include a cafe, where he could show off his finest catch, as well as some of his personal recipes. Starnes Catfish Place in Abbeville quickly became a popular spot. With their famously generous plates of fish, slaw and their unique onion salad, the couple couldn’t keep the crowds away. Billy Starnes passed away in 2001, but Martha kept feeding the masses. Ms. Starnes took ownership of Abbeville Catfish in 2004, a restaurant she and her husband originally opened in the early 1990s and sold a few years later. A few things have changed, but the great food and warm welcome have certainly stayed the same.