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Asheville - Stark Flaver Ginn Jr. completed his life journey on earth and joined his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday July 27, 2014. He died peacefully at Wood Assisted Living, Givens Estates in Asheville, NC.
Stark was born in Royston, GA, June 13, 1918, to the late Stark F. Ginn Sr. and Rebecca Moss Ginn. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Bailey Ginn. He is survived by his four children, David H. Ginn of Asheville, NC, Thomas M. Ginn and wife, Judy, of Winston-Salem, NC, Neil J. Ginn and wife, Dianne, of Alpharetta, GA, and Rebecca G. Gaither and husband, Rob, of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Adam Ginn, Stuart Ginn, Bailey Gaither, Molly Gaither, and Eliza Ginn; and five great grandchildren.
Stark grew up in Royston and graduated from Royston High School and Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. He attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and graduated in 1940. He then went to work for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Jacksonville, FL. Stark served his country in the US Army during World War II and was on active duty from 1942 to 1946. He was in the 2nd Cavalry Division, 8th Armored Division and 3rd Army Headquarters. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Medal, Ardennes, Rhineland & Central Europe Campaign Medals, and European Theatre Service Medal. He continued to serve in the US Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1951 with the rank of Major.
In 1950 Stark and Dot moved to Lakeland, FL, where he bought two children's clothing stores, in Lakeland and Winter Haven, FL, which he operated for 14 years. In 1964 he retired from the retail business and served as the Deputy Clerk of Courts, Polk County, FL, until his retirement in 1980. He was a lifelong Baptist and served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher and department leader and on numerous committees of First Baptist Church in Lakeland; Advisory Board member of The Salvation Army and Cub Scout leader.
Upon his retirement, Stark and Dot built a home in the northeast Georgia Mountains where they spent many wonderful years enjoying family and friends. There they became active members of Clayton Baptist Church, Clayton, GA.
In 1993, Stark and Dot moved to Givens Estates retirement community and divided their time between Asheville and northeast Georgia. Stark continued his journey of faith and became a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville until his death.
The family plans a graveside service Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston, GA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1778, Asheville, NC 28802.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Aug. 5, 2014