James Earl Stark, 74, of
Merit, died Monday, December 14, 2020 at his home. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Friday,
December 18, 2020 at Merit Cemetery under the direction of Coker-Mathews
Funeral Home. Rev. J. M. Beshirs will
officiate. Visitation will be Thursday,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Stark was born in Tivoli,
Texas on September 6, 1946. He was the
son of Earnest Stark and Joyce Mabel Hickman Stark. He married Sheila Fay Campbell on November 1,
1965 in Rockwall. He was the owner of
Survivors include his wife
Sheila Fay Stark; sons, James Stark, John Stark and partner, Danielle and
Jeremy Stark and partner, Katie; daughters, Billye Penney and partner, Dean and
Connie Bragg and partner, Jeff; son-in-law, James Cruise; brothers, Joe Stark
and Jim Stark; grandchildren, Jennifer, Tabatha, Jikki, Brandon, Ashley,
Mathew, Justen, Jarett, Holly, Bradly, Kimberly, Baily, Ross, Brooke, Kasey,
Tim, Nathan, Elizabeth Paige, Morgan and Paige C.; great-grandchildren, Angelica,
Eric, Connor, Tristian, Mercedes, Jayden, Huntlee, Easton, Atley and Rowdy; and
great-great-grandchildren, Annika and Dezmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Alberta Cruise;
brothers, Elmer Stark and Jack Stark; and sisters, Alice Beshirs and Nora
Pallbearers will be Tim
Hartline, Nathan Bragg, Justen Stark, Jarett Stark, Bradly Cruise, Baily
Cruise, Brandon Wilburn and Eric Trujillo.
Honorary pallbearer will be Connor Maynard.
We are requesting that you
limit the size of the gathering during the viewing due to concerns regarding
the current health crisis. Please feel
free to come and pay your respects but limit your contact with others as per
recommended guidelines from the CDC.
Masks are required and remember your social distancing.