Cheryl Lynn Stark, 52, of Lawrenceville passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Cheryl was a devoted Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Aunt.
She is survived by her Husband, William, her daughters, Heather, Jennifer and her husband Neil, Jessica and her husband Robert, Melody, Natalie, Amber and Katie; sons, Johnathan and Jacob; father, Lyell Annis and his wife Linda; mother, Hazel Barrow; brother, Doug Annis and his wife Pam; nephews, Austin and Justin.
Will and Cheryl Stark adopted their first special needs child, Melody (17, Down Syndrome), 17 years ago, and realized that it was their true calling to care for children with similar needs, although Cheryl will joke that this was when she “went crazy.” They adopted five more special needs children in the next eight years: Natalie (16), Amber(14), John (14), Jacob (9), and Katie (9), all with illnesses ranging from nonverbal mental retardation to Cerebral Palsy to Down Syndrome. In addition, the Starks have three biological children, two of which are now special education teachers. All six adopted children and one of their biological daughters (and her husband) have been on the trip to Walt Disney World… the largest family BBA has ever taken.
The phone lines are flooded with listeners from Atlanta, Nashville, and Indianpolis calling in to help this family – the generosity is overwhelming. Stay tuned – the Stark family will need your help in the coming days, and we know that the Bert Show and Bert’s Big Adventures families can help out in a BIG way.
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Offers are pouring in from The Bert Show community:
Jaye Watson from 11 Alive News joins us to talk about her interview with the Starks. Check out the special tonight, Monday, August 1 at 11PM EST.
We can’t thank everyone enough for all the offers flooding in. You can also donate online here.