Paul Edward Stark, age 92, of Barnwell, South Carolina passed away on January 23, 2022 at Sumner Regional Medical Center (covid ward) in Gallatin, Tennessee. He had been visiting his son when he fell ill.
Paul was born on January 29, 1929, in Nashville, Tennessee to Thomas Austin Stark and Beulah Kemp Stark.
He loved to travel and joined the US Navy, completing boot camp in January 1947, just shy of his 18th birthday. He proudly served on 4 ships: the USS Mississippi, the USS Salem, the USS John Thomason (DD-760), and the the USS Semmes (DDG-18), retiring after 20 years of service in Charleston, South Carolina. He and his wife settled in Mt Pleasant, SC and they chartered Amvets Post #52. He was very active with Amvets nationally and enjoyed the conventions. By 1974 he had established his electrical contracting business, East Palmetto Electric. He semi-retired to Barnwell, SC in 1993. Over the years he seldom missed any of his navy reunions. He enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends. At home, he was a consummate host and loved a full house. He was known to enjoy a martini or two, his “were the best” followed by a T-bone steak. He was a good friend and helpful to a fault.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Vivian B Stark, one brother, Carl T Stark, and 1 stepson, Timothy J Franks. He leaves behind 2 children and 3 stepchildren: Paul E Stark, Jr, Gregory N Stark, Linda C Bonaldi, JC Bonaldi, and Edward A Bonaldi. He also leaves behind 2 sisters and 2 brothers: Mollie S Lyle (John), Jettie S Cook, Harold R Stark and William E Stark as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The legacy of his name extends from son, to grandson (Trey), grandson Thaddeus Paul Stark, to great-grandson, Stark Walsh.
He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery in Barnwell, South Carolina.