Hershel O. Stark, 78, oldest of nine children of Earnest Stark and Stella Martin Stark Gale, was born April 5, 1924, at Summersville. He died Oct. 4, 2002. He attended school at Split Limb east of Raymondville. He married Grace Irene Crabtree 59 years ago on Dec. 23, 1942, at Houston. Mr. Stark served in the Navy dur-ing World War II. He was stationed out of San Pedro, Calif., from September 1943 until his discharge in January 1946. He served on the USS Cornel as a motor machinist’s mate third class. After his dis-charge, he and his wife returned to Texas County. He was a farmer and also worked in the timber, owning and operating his sawmill and planner. He cut logs and hauled water to people that didn’t have drilled wells or city water. Mr. Stark enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, playing his guitar, playing cards and dominos and vis-iting with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Hershel Dale; young daughter, Grace Ethyle; one brother, Dean; and two sisters, an infant, Bernice, and Maxine Fletcher. Surviving are his wife of the home; two sons, Earnest “”Ernie”” and Ricky of Raymondville; six daughters, Barbara Jean Palmer of Decatur, Ark., Mary Palmer of Raymondville, Nancy McLaury of Mountain View, Patricia “”Pat”” Sisco of Licking, Sue Breedlove of Lynchburg and Faye Wallace of Licking; two brothers, Troy of Shingletown, Calif., and Eulan of Kansas City; three sisters, Ethel Hill of Licking and Bertha Miller of Leavenworth, Kan., and Elzora Boatwright of Fenton; 16 grand-children, nine great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 7 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial with military rites was in the Antioch Cemetery near Hartshorn. “

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