PAMPA â€“ Eli Samuel Stark, 39, died March 26, 2012, in Wheeler County, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Briarwood Church, with Rev. Charles Lowry, pastor of CrossPointe Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
Mr. Stark was born February 26, 1973 in Amarillo to Lewis and Alice Stark. He was reared in Pampa and attended Pampa schools until his 9th grade year. He was a 1992 graduate of Dangerfield High School in Dangerfield. In September of 1992, Eli enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving a short time before he was dismissed due to health reasons. He returned to Pampa in 1992. He graduated from Frank Phillips Welding School and Clarendon College HVAC. One of his business dreams came true when he opened MIX3D-UP indoor putt-putt golf in 2005. He worked for OWPSI out of Mobeetie for 4 years as a welder.
He married Brienna Dale Taylor on December 9, 2006. He lovingly stepped in as a husband to Brienna and a father for her son, Braeden King. Brienna and Eli had one son, Jensen Trey Stark on September 20, 2007.
Eli and his family attended Paint the Town Red and CrossPointe Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family, and church activities. He was actively involved in the church by being a connection group leader, sound man, and maintenance supervisor. He loved the Lord and his family. He was fondly known as â€śPeepawâ€ť by the nieces and nephews of the family, who all loved him dearly.
Survivors include his wife: Brienna Stark of the home; a daughter: Ashley Blain of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin; 2 sons: Trey Stark and Braeden King, both of the home; his mother: Alice Stark of Pampa; a brother: Zack Stark and wife Allie of Pampa; Briennaâ€™s parents: A. W. (Dale) and Joann Taylor of Pampa; 4 brothers-in-law: A. J. Taylor and wife Crystal of Pampa, Bryce Taylor and wife Ashley of Skellytown, and Chris Taylor and wife Melissa of Burton, and Brandon Taylor of Giddings; a sister-in-law: Amber Martin and husband Chris of Giddings; 4 nieces and 3 nephews; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, including his uncle: Robert Jacobs and wife Jane of Pampa; a great-uncle: Jesse Smartt of Pampa. He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Stark in 1992.
Memorials may be made to CrossPointe Church, 711 E. Harvester, Pampa, Texas 79065.
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