George Scott Stark passed away April 7, 2017

On April 7, 2017, a gentle soul arrived in heaven to begin an eternal life. George Scott Stark was born in Morganton, AR, on September 26, 1942. During these 74 years, Scott contributed an abundance of joy and guidance to those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. He was a loving husband, son, father, brother and friend.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Truett and Avis Van Nada Stark, wife, Susan Stark, and brothers, Dean Stark, Kent Stark and Nick Stark. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Cathy Stark of Heber Springs, AR, son, Shane Stark of Batesville, AR, daughter, Stacy Bangert (Jon) of Tucson, AZ, grandchildren, Shana Weaver of Conway, AR, Mary Stark, Meagan Stark and Isaiah Stark of Batesville, AR, Kristofor Bangert and Samantha Bangert of Tucson, AZ, brother, Terry Stark (Sterline) of Rose Bud, AR, as well as two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

After graduating from Heber Springs High School, Scott attended UCA in Conway, AR, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree before being called to service with the United States Army during the Vietnam era and was stationed in Germany. Once his military service was complete, he taught for several years before returning to UCA to earn a Master's in Education. For over 25 years, he used his training as a teacher to enrich the lives of students who attended the Concord, AR school system. It seemed he could never go anywhere without encountering former students who were always happy to stop and say hello. He truly loved people and was a light of inspiration to many.

As a man of faith, Scott was active in area churches, especially in the music ministry. He served as a deacon and music minister at the West Side Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, AR, for 28 years. During the summer months, he took his music ministry to the campgrounds at the lake where he no doubt touched countless people with his enthusiasm and wit. Scott also took his musical talents to the nursing homes where people could share his love for the Lord through songs and prayers. For 30 years, he was a member of the Greers Ferry Bluegrass Band where he honed his skills in music much to the delight of all who heard him play and sing. What a joyful noise unto the Lord!!

Scott was currently a member of the Heber Springs Christian Church where he was a welcoming and encouraging mentor to all who came seeking the good news of Jesus Christ. On Tuesday evenings at this church, he played bluegrass gospel with musicians from various denominations, thus reaching even more folks with his engaging personality.

In addition to music, Scott enjoyed fishing with his buddies. The camaraderie established during these outings will be remembered with fondness for a lifetime by those who were blessed enough to be on such excursions.

The essence of Scott Stark was, without a doubt, his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Even without a sermon or a lecture, Scott demonstrated the fruits of the Spirit each and every day in his love for all God's creation. He was loved deeply and will be sorely missed. He never met a stranger and told everyone how to find eternal life.

A celebration of Scott's life will be held Friday, April 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the South Side Baptist Church, 640 Heber Springs Rd. S., in Heber Springs, AR with Brother Glen Meade officiating. Honorary pallbearers are the surviving members of the Greers Ferry Bluegrass Band: Tony Higgins, Ray Moore, Ralph Moore and Tater Patchin.

In a recent conversation with his wife, Scott revealed that in the event of his death, he would like a room full of flowers rather than a traditional memorial. Beautiful flowers to celebrate the beautiful person who was Scott Stark would be greatly appreciated.

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