Herbert Carl Stark

herbert stark

November 29, 1932 ~ November 25, 2003

Resided in: Horse Shoe, NC

Herbert C. Stark, 70, of 35 Partridge Berry Lane, Horse Shoe, died Tuesday, November 25, 2003, at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. Mr. Stark was born in Long Island, NY and was a son of the late Carl and Emmie Meis Stark. He served in the US Air Force in the mid-1950’s. His career was in Aeronautical Engineering with General Electric in Lynn, MA, developing small jet engines. He was a resident of Massachusetts for thirty years before retiring to North Caroline, living in Mills River for the past eight years. He was past president and past treasurer of the Mills River Homeowners Association and was also active with the committee to establish Mills River as a town. He served as an Elder at Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church where he was also former Chairman of Missions. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Mattis Stark; one daughter, Deborah Stark of Finland; two sons, David Stark of Austin, TX and Jon Stark of Danvers, MA; one sister Gloria Murphy of Florida, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday at Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Douglas B. Tilley officiating. Burial will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. His family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 am prior to the service at the church and request that memorials be made to Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church, 2 Bear Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or to Four Seasons Hospice, PO Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

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  1. I worked with Herb while at GE. He was an excellent man and an outstanding engineer. He was so very customer friedly and loved by all.
    I truely will miss him as a friend and a colleague

  2. I would like to extend my sincere condolences on the passing of Herb. As a young engineer starting at GE twenty years ago there was no kinder or more helpful person than Herb. My prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Dear Mrs Stark:
    My sincere condolences to you and family. I met Herb while I worked with GE during the Venezuelan programs. He was the most kind, great and helpfull man that I ever met. He’s sence of humor and love were inmense. I know he is in peace. He will always be in our heart for ever, or until we encounter somewhere there….

  4. I always told people that when I grow up, I wanted to be like Herb. The truth is, no one can be like Herb. He is one of a kind. A perfect gentleman, a true friend, a respected and sought after authority on the J85 Jet Engine. I will always remember how Herb treated me. He always made me feel as though my advice and opinions were important and no question was ever trivial or insignificant. I believe this is why he was so well admired by our International customers. He was an outstanding Component Improvement Program Manager and although I know I can never really be like him, he set a goal and an example that I will always strive for.

    David H. Gray
    J85 International Programs Manager
    GE Aircraft Engines
    Lynn, Ma.

  5. Herb and I worked together for a number years, during that time I got to know someone, who I could respect and love. He was a dependable person of very high moral character. My best wishes to his family.

  6. To Herb’s Family:

    Herb was a wonderful man known throughout the world as a great person but more importantly as a man of God. He is without a doubt now resting where there is no paining or suffering.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

    Paul & Loretta Howell

  7. We love Herb and grieve that he has left us, but we are thankful that he is home with our Lord.

    Ted and Kay

  8. Myrene and I are saddened to hear of the death of Herb. We were aware of his health difficulties and have been in prayer for you all.
    How thankful we are for Herb’s faith and God’s wonderful promise that nothing can separate us from His love in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:31ff). We pray that God will strengthen and comfort you as you miss Herb and rejoice that he is with the Lord.

    Don and Myrene

  9. Herb has been such a wonderful inspiration to us as members of the Sylvan Squares square dance club. He and Marilyn were great ‘angels’ as we learned, and Herb’s always positive attitude and encouragement were always strong motivations. He will always be deeply loved and missed.

  10. I am very sorry to hear the sad news of Herb’s death. As I write from the chapel tent of Manas Air Base here in Kyrgyzstan, I reflect on the joyful experiences I shared with Herb during my time serving as the Assistant Pastor of Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina. As a fellow U.S. Air Force member, I sincerely appreciate the many years of dedicated service that he gave our great country during the course of his earthly life. Now, our brother in Christ has gone to be with our blessed Savior in everlasting glory. I praise God for the opportunity He gave me to know Herb during my earliest days of Christian ministry. Herb will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My prayers are especially for Marilyn and the other family members. May the Holy Spirit provide them with the comfort and peace that only He can give during this time of mourning. May they find strength and encouragement knowing the assured hope of eternal life we have received by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:1-6)

    In His Love,

    Ray Barrett
    Chaplain, 1Lt, USAF

  11. Dear Marilyn and family,

    We send to you the assurance that you are being thought of and prayed for. We had the privilege of getting to know you for a time when you first came to Malvern Hills. We moved for Larry to pastor Covenant Presbyterian in Waynesville. We still remember the Reformation Party one fall when Herb was overseeing ‘Gator golf’. The children really enjoyed that. I enjoyed talking with Herb at presbytery and the men’s retreat in the past. We had been praying for you recently as we knew of Herb’s health situation. We pray that the Father of mercies and God of all comfort will be exactly that to you at this time. Herb’s departure is a promotion on his behalf, being taken into the glorious presence of Christ and being made perfectly whole, but one person’s promotiion is another person’s loss and pain. May God be the strength of your heart in the days ahead as you offer your tears and grief to Him. He has promised His presence as the source of strength and comfort come what may. May you come to say with the songwriter, ‘whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul’

  12. Dear Mrs. Stark,

    I work with David at Sematech and was aware of his father’s illness. I am sorry to hear about your loss. We haven’t met, but I feel like I know you through David’s stories. I wish you strength in the coming days.

    Sincerely, Kim Dean

  13. I work for your son David and he had told me of your husband’s illness. I just wanted to express my deepest condolences to you and your family. God bless you all.

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