Bennie J. Starks of Zion, Ill., was a longtime Lake County businessman known for his hard work and quick smile. Bennie and his late wife, Christel H. Starks, founded Starks Blacktopping Service which operated for more than five decades. Bennie was a decorated veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Born in Franklin, Mississippi, on April 17, 1929, Bennie passed away in Waukegan, Ill., on October 12, 2016 after a sudden illness. He is survived by two of his brothers, Carl Starks and Julius Starks; his children, including Stephen Starks, Tamara Starks, Kim Devon Anderson and Bennie Starks Jr.; his grandchildren and many other family members and friends. In keeping with his wishes, no public services are planned.
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