US Air Force

Charles Franklin Starks

February 27, 1931 ~ October 17, 2021 (age 90)


Charles Franklin (Chuck) Starks went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 17, 2021. He was born February 27, 1931 in Independence, KY and was the seventh of ten children born to William Albert and Elva Romans Starks. His parents and all of his siblings preceded him in death.

Because of growing up in a large family during the depression, Chuck had a strong work ethic which continued throughout his life. He joined the Air Force because of his love of flying and although not able to go to pilot training, he became a navigator. He flew over 4,000 hours as a radar navigator in the B-52 (many missions over Vietnam) and was also a radar navigator in the B-58 aircraft until its end. He also flew in the AC119K Stinger gunship during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other medals.

While stationed at Bryan Air Force Base, TX, he met and married Myra Woods of Somerville, TX (a town where Chuck made some lifelong friends). Two children were born to this union (Kimberly Susan and Charles Kipley “Kip”). They had a full life of love and adventure together residing in many different places and forming lifelong bonds with both military and civilian friends. Chuck retired in 1972 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years in the USAF.

The family moved to Hurst, TX in 1973 and he spent the next years working for DSR Corp. retiring in 1994.

Chuck would be the first to admit his many mistakes and failures in his life but he also knew that God opened his heart to the saving grace of Jesus. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly and nearly always ended his conversations – especially to his grandchildren – with “I love you but there’s someone who loves you more than I do – He died for you.” 1 Cor 15: 1 – 4

Memorials may be made to:

Bear Creek Bible Church

Mission Fund

1555 N Tarrant Pkwy

Keller, TX 76248


Visitation 1:00 – 3:00 Saturday, October 23

Family graveside service at the Dallas / Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.

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October 23, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forest Ridge Funeral Home Memorial Park Chapel
8525 Mid Cities Blvd.
North Richland Hills, Texas 76182

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