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March 12, 2008

HOMER H. STARK

Homer H. Stark, 84, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont after a long and happy life. Memorial services are scheduled at 1 pm Saturday, March 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Orange with Reverend Michael E. Nugent, officiating. Visitation will follow in Fellowship Hall. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.



He was born April 26, 1923 in Tennessee, then adopted through the Settlement Home in Gatlinburg by H. J. Lutcher Stark and his first wife, Nita Hill Stark. (Although his birth certificate listed Jamestown, Virginia, as his birthplace, it was later learned that no births have been recorded there since the 1600’s.) He discovered several years ago that his adopted father also was his biological father, yet seemed to take it in stride.



A 1941 graduate of Orange High School, Homer attended Texas A&M; University, then enlisted in the United States Navy and was proud to serve as a gunner’s mate on the U.S.S. Richmond, a light cruiser assigned to the Pacific fleet. Prior to shipping out, he married his childhood sweetheart, Becky Havens Stark, who captured his heart in the fourth grade and took good care of it for the rest of their lives together. They eloped and were married January 22, 1942.



Returning to Orange in December, 1945, Homer built and operated the Sabine Yacht Basin for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank, Easter Seals Crippled Children’s Society, Sunset Grove County Club, March of Dimes and the Stark Foundation. While his family came first, he also loved to hunt and fish… and was known to spend considerable time on the golf course. Through the years, he earned the respect of others as he displayed a gracious manner and always seemed to find good in even the most evil individuals.

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