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Remembering Bill Stark


Bill Stark

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of William Frank “Bill” Stark, who passed away on May 26, 2024, at the age of 92. Bill served the Virginia Credit Union League with unwavering dedication for 34 years, retiring as Executive Vice-President. His impact on the credit union system and those who worked with him will be fondly remembered.

Bill’s legacy is marked by his profound influence and leadership within the credit union community. He was a guiding force at the League. As David Miles, former SVP and Chief Advocacy Officer of VACUL, recalls, “Bill was a trusted mentor to the entire League staff” and played a crucial role in keeping the organization running smoothly. David highlights others admiration for Bill, stating, “We worked hard so as not to disappoint Bill…he was that kind of leader.”

Terry Childress, former EVP and Chief Operating Officer of VACUL, shared that Bill was “highly respected in the credit union system” and had a significant impact on many people’s professional and personal lives. “I learned a lot from him about how to do my job and live my life,” says Terry.

Richard “Rick” Pillow, former President/CEO of VACUL, highlighted Bill’s commitment to the credit union motto of “people helping people.” He remembered Bill as a “Virginia Gentleman” who shared his extensive knowledge freely and was instrumental in organizing and guiding many credit unions to success. Rick stated, “Bill organized many credit unions over his career and got them started on the right foot to be successful financial institutions. Above all, he was a good friend and provided me over the years some great advice while I was serving as the League President.”

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, from Noon to 1:00 PM at Timberlake Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM officiated by Pastor James Alley. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Good Samaritan Hospice.

Bill Stark’s contributions to the Virginia Credit Union League and his passionate commitment to serving others will not be forgotten. His memory will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

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