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Rev. Mark D. Hickman

Posted By obits On July 6, 2020 @ 4:12 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 86 Comments

Rev. Mark Duane Hickman (64), of Oakland, MD, passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by his family on July 5, 2020 in Salvo, NC. Born on 23 July 1955, in Parkersburg, WV, Mark was a United Methodist pastor in Durbin, WV; Bethel United Methodist Church in Mt. Lake Park, MD; Trinity and Centenary United Methodist Church in Fort Ashby, WV; and Nethken Hill and Elk Garden UMC in Elk Garden, WV.

Following his “retirement,” Mark continued to be an active member at Bethel United Methodist Church.

Mark attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he met the love of his life, his wife Karen. His commitment to pastoring and fostering spiritual growth through teaching and outdoor ministry was his focus for over 35 years.

He spent the last week of his life at his favorite place, the Outer Banks, with his whole family, swimming, fishing, laughing, and playing with his grandkids.

Mark was a loving husband, son, father, pappy, friend, and mentor to so many.

Mark is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Karen (Mitter) Hickman, his oldest daughter Megan Kitzmiller and her husband Kris of Inwood, WV; his middle daughter, Jenny Fyfe and her husband Jimmy of Newport, Co. Tipperary, Ireland; his youngest daughter Danielle of Nashville, TN; and his grandkids, Emma, Avery, Colin, and Lilly. He’s also survived by his brother Mike and his wife Connie of Middlebourne, WV; his nieces and nephew, Kristen, Lance, and Hilary, and their children.

Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Alice Hickman, his father Robert Glen Hickman, and his youngest brother, Chip.

In accordance with his wishes, Mark will be cremated and a drive-in memorial service will take place on July 11, 2020 at 11 am at 1300 Broadford Rd, Oakland, MD 21550.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mark’s name to Bethel United Methodist Church, 512 Dave Turney St, Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550, earmarked “Bethel’s Broadford Building Fund.”

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Puffinburgers on July 6th, 2020 6:11 pm

Karen and family,
No words can express my sadness for you all but please know that he meant a lot to us and I will cherish the wisdom he shared, the laughs and good times we shared with him. I am so glad we got to see him most recently at Chloe’s volleyball game….he always came when she played in Garrett Co. Sending you all our prayers and hugs and may the memories give you comfort and peace.
Love, Darren, Seleena and Chloe

Condolence from Judy Bernardo on July 6th, 2020 6:17 pm

Dear Karen and girls (and families),
We are heartbroken with you over the loss of Mark. We’ve missed you all and thought of you often, always with good memories. We are so glad that we knew him and all of you. Sending our love and prayers as you struggle through this.
Judy and Joe Bernardo

Condolence from Joanne Ashby on July 6th, 2020 6:19 pm

Mark was an excellent teacher and counselor who I have missed over the years. Today I am remembering those times we used to take the kids to Ichthus and what a spiritually enriching time it was. His sermons and the endless times he would say “ Get it?” and I got it. My heart aches for you all, yet I know Marks reward now has him grinning from ear to ear, shedding tears of joy, and rejoicing with Jesus.
My deepest sympathies for your loss.
Joanne

Condolence from Randi Carpenter on July 6th, 2020 6:20 pm

Thinking of you and your family Karen. You and Mark have touched so many of us in ways you don’t know.

Condolence from Linda and Jeff Adams on July 6th, 2020 6:25 pm

Dear Hickmans’
Sooo…saddened to learn this news. We have fun and fond memories that will last the test of time. So happy that you were together for his last hours. Karen, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love coming you way from your Fort Ashby friends. Mark always stopped by to see me when he was at PVH…wonderful friends

Condolence from Peggy Bridges on July 6th, 2020 6:49 pm

So sorry to hear about Mark. Loved the time we had him for our pastor at Ft Ashby WV

Condolence from Debbie tzmikler on July 6th, 2020 6:50 pm

Mark was an amazing man. A man of god but his greatest gift was that of being a husband a father and the best pappy. His love for his family was immeasurable….he lived for God and his family. He loved unconditionally, just as he had taught others to do. He was a very special man. So thankful to have him and his family as the other part of our family. Heaven gained a very worthy man. Fly high until we meet again. Karen and family…we love you very much.

Condolence from Debbie A Hoover-Miller on July 6th, 2020 7:02 pm

Mark was a dear friend to many, even though we had lost physical contact he was always in his “TCHS” classmates hearts. I am so happy we were able to catch up at the last reunion we all shared together. We had lots of laughter and love along with Marks special way of telling stories of our lives together in Middlebourne. I personally appreciated his prayer for us all and later the prayer for me and my health. I know his family held such a special place in his life and heart. His girls especially were blessed with a loving father and husband. We mourn with his family his earthly life but celebrate his heavenly birth and I know he is sitting at our Saviors feet relishing in the Glory. Mark u will be missed, see u on the other side. Love always❤️❤️❤️❤️

Condolence from Pat Levac on July 6th, 2020 7:04 pm

Megan, your family is in my prayers. Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time. Sending love ❤️

Condolence from Randy and Teresa Durst on July 6th, 2020 7:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace that passes all understanding ❤️

Condolence from Cindy Stem on July 6th, 2020 7:39 pm

Words can’t express the sorrow I feel for you and your family! I pray that God’s comfort will see you through these days and The future! Love , Cindy

Condolence from Carrie Bowie on July 6th, 2020 7:47 pm

Frances and I are so saddened by Mark’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m sure Mark is up there making fishing trips with Grandpa Ash. Also rejoicing in being back with Bob and Mary and the rest of our family and friends that have passed.
He was one of God’s angels here on earth and now he’s home where he can fully watch over and protect all of us, especially Karen and the kids and grandchildren. Please know we are with you all in prayers and spirit!! All our love, Carrie and Frances Lynn Bowie

Condolence from Pam and Terry Hanline on July 6th, 2020 7:53 pm

Karen and family
We were saddened to hear of Mark’ passing. Such a sweet sole. Prayers for all in this time of mourning.

Condolence from Joseph S Urbanek on July 6th, 2020 7:57 pm

We, the Urbanek’s are sending you our best regards and prayers for the family. This comes to us as a total shock. We thought very highly of Mark, as did everyone who’s lives he’s touched. Our deepest condolences. Joseph, Louella, Joella & Aston.

Condolence from Lynda Durst on July 6th, 2020 7:59 pm

Karen, so sorry for your loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers Lynda and John Durst

Condolence from Terry Bradfield on July 6th, 2020 8:22 pm

Karen, I am so sorry for the loss of Mark. He was a unique and special person, and all of us share with you in missing his presence in our lives. You and your family — but especially you — are in my thoughts and prayers. We all know that Mark rests in the arms of our Lord, and we also know that our same Lord holds us in our sorrow. I pray you are able to find peace and comfort in His arms.

With love,

Terry Bradfield

Condolence from Bernadette Oursler (prince) on July 6th, 2020 8:31 pm

Karen and girls,
I am so sorry to hear about Mark. He was one of a kind. Such a great man. I’m proud to say that he married Justin and I almost 18 years ago at Bethel United Methodist Church, where my grandfather was also a minister many years ago. I haven’t seen you all for some time, but I have many fond memories of church and youth group. Mark will be greatly missed! Much love to you all.

Condolence from Leslie Warnick on July 6th, 2020 8:47 pm

I am so very sorry and my heart aches for all of you. Please know we are holding you up in prayer.
Leslie and Royce Warnick and family

Condolence from Sheri Foster on July 6th, 2020 8:50 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I have fond memories of Mark and his brothers mowing my great -grandmother Pauline’s yard. I recall thinking what handsome boys Mark and his brothers were. I remember Mark having a charm and wit like no other boy his age and like a fine wine that with and charm seem to get better with age. I have particular fond memories of him teasing “Jimmy” Janet and how caring he was with her. Those memories were resurrected at Janet’s memorial service where he delivered an insightful, witty and loving Eulogy. May God be with you and your family during this time. Rest in peace as I know you will as you always seem to have a n inner peace the most of wish to strive.

Condolence from Jan Menear on July 6th, 2020 9:27 pm

Oh, Karen, so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort with your family, friends, and wonderful memories.
God bless.

Condolence from Peggy Gosnell on July 6th, 2020 9:28 pm

Karen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

Condolence from Barbara Ponceroff on July 6th, 2020 9:29 pm

Karen and girls, I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked when I heard. Mark was always kind and friendly to me. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you some comfort at this time. God bless

Condolence from Kristie Spiroff on July 6th, 2020 9:50 pm

We are so sad to hear of Pastor Hickman’s passing. He married my husband and I, 11 years ago and we loved him and they way he taught the word of God! He is walking with Him now! Many prayers for his family, Kristie and Michael Spirofd

Condolence from Mike and Karen Murphy on July 6th, 2020 10:04 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was our family minister at Durbin Methodist Church. He was always involved in organizing church activities, picnics, and activities for the youth. We were honored when performed our marriage service 26 years ago . He was a special person and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Harry Biggs on July 6th, 2020 10:07 pm

Karen and family,
What a wonderful man! I feel fortunate to have known him and shared time together. A super role model. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!
Harry & Angie Biggs

Condolence from Patricia Dixon on July 6th, 2020 10:10 pm

So sorry for your loss. Mark taught several of my lay speaker classes. He always challenged my thinking and study habits. I will miss him.

Condolence from Kim Shaffer on July 6th, 2020 10:17 pm

Karen and daughters,
I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers for your family during this time and wishing you peace and comfort.
❤️,
Kim Shaffer

Condolence from Craig & Todd Bosley on July 6th, 2020 10:26 pm

So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. May God wrap his comforting arms around all of you.

Condolence from Mark and Cathy Kinsman on July 6th, 2020 10:27 pm

Mark and I really thought the world of Mark. He was a very special friend and person to us. Mark was a great man of god.

Condolence from Sue Roberson on July 6th, 2020 10:43 pm

When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories. I am saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am.

Condolence from Flo Welsh on July 6th, 2020 11:15 pm

Karen and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. What a blessing that you were together as a family during this sad time. What wonderful memories you will have.
Love and prayers.
Flo Welsh

Condolence from Missy Davis-Clark on July 6th, 2020 11:23 pm

Karen and girls-
I share this on my Facebook post along with Mark’s obituary. I am so sorry for your loss. He was so wonderful.

Here is what I wrote:

My Pastor from my teenage years to young adulthood passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. Mark was truly a wonderful man. He cared deeply for all of us. He was the pastor at Bethel United Methodist for years. This was and still is our family church.

I won’t ever forget his kindness. He was no longer the pastor of our family church but returned to do my Grandmothers funeral service. And he didn’t miss a beat when my Great Uncle said very loudly during the service “What the hell is he talking about?!” He just kept going.

I think of all the adventures he took us on including the camping trips with our Youth group to Virginia Beach each summer. He got so mad at us one year I will never forget the “penny lecture” we received. Looking back I’m not sure how he survived dealing with us as youth. But patience is a virtue.

He presided over family weddings, baptisms, funerals and more.

I was always thankful to have him to talk to when things got tough as a teenager. He helped mold my faith and my life. Our family was blessed to know him.

I am sending love to Karen, Meghan, Danielle and Jenny as they all face the days ahead. He was always so proud of his girls. And over the moon with his grandchildren.

Rest In Peace, Mark. You will be missed.

Condolence from Judy Archer on July 7th, 2020 4:45 am

I have such wonderful childhood memories of climbing trees and rolling down hills together. Such a kind man.

Condolence from Sarah Broderick & Family, Perth, Austrlia on July 7th, 2020 4:55 am

To the Hickman family,

I am so very sorry to hear of the devestating loss of your beloved husband and father Mark. Through all the years of friendship I have shared with Jenny, I have heard the most wonderful stories, anecdotes and most importantly, words of wisdom, that have come from a life shared with her beloved father. Some of those words of wisdom I have carried in my own heart and still reflect upon often. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to bask in the light that Mark shone, even for just a little time.

We are holding you in our hearts during this sad time, and sending all our love.

Condolence from Patty Brenneman on July 7th, 2020 6:14 am

I send my sincerest condolences to Rev. HICKMAN’S family and loved ones. I appreciated the few times I had occasion to spend time talking with him when he was at Bethel in Mt. Lake Park. I was only a guest there a few times, but applauded his being forth right in the Word.

Condolence from Virginia Tichinel on July 7th, 2020 7:11 am

Karen
I am so sorry to hear about Mark. You and your family are in your prayers as you walk this valley. Praying for strength and courage.
Love and prayers.
Virginia

Condolence from David Cartwright on July 7th, 2020 7:16 am

I am truly sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. He was a great guy. He was very welcoming to me when I became a pastor. I considered him a friend. I enjoyed his warm smile and gentle demeanor, and how he would be so friendly right before working me over on the basketball court. Mark was a passionate follower of Jesus. Thanks be to God for Mark’s life, witness and ministry.

Condolence from Jim and Jill Suter on July 7th, 2020 8:00 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Mark always had a smile and so kind. We will be lifting your family in our prayers.

Condolence from Dave and Judy Fuller on July 7th, 2020 8:10 am

Karen and family, we are shocked at this news but glad that he was celebrating life with the girls and their families. My heart just breaks for you and we are certainly praying for you! Love, Dave and Judy

Condolence from Brenda Buser on July 7th, 2020 8:11 am

God bless you. My heart is with all of you. The picture of Mark is exactly what he was. Happy but, ornary! He loved life and everything around it. I’ll be praying for you in hopes that everyday is a little better. I wish you continued healing

Condolence from Pam (Goldsborough) Steyer on July 7th, 2020 8:25 am

He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Penny Proudfoot on July 7th, 2020 8:51 am

Karen and family,

My heart goes out to you. May you have peace from your loving memories. Love and prayers,

Penny Proudfoot

Condolence from Kitty and Tom Prince on July 7th, 2020 8:54 am

Karen and girls and all, we have such special memories of our time together at Mt. Lake Park. We hope you know how many people have been positively affected by the example set by Mark and you too Karen. That positive impact lives on.

Condolence from Rev. Rod barnett on July 7th, 2020 10:12 am

Dear Karen and Family

I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Though it has been many years since we have connected, I have such wonderful memories of being with Mark, especially doing what he liked the most of being outside and fishing. Please be assured of my prayers for you and the girls. God Bless you!

Condolence from Charlene Crumrine Hughes on July 7th, 2020 10:20 am

Mark shared happy times with my family when we were young. Sending God’s love and abundant blessings as well as prayers for peace and comfort. Our Heavenly Father is gracious and merciful. ❤️❤️

Condolence from Tim Miller on July 7th, 2020 10:35 am

Dear Karen and family,

So very sorry to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. He always had a friendly word and his wit and humor added to any conversation. His life and ministry certainly touched many others and made an impact in this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.

Sincerely,
Tim & Michele

Condolence from Cathy Kesner on July 7th, 2020 10:37 am

When I think of Mark I always picture him driving by my house and throwing his arm out the window as high as he could to wave hello. If he didn’t do that, he’d pull into the driveway to have a quick chat to see how I was doing . For 10 years he was my Pastor, my neighbor, and my good friend . I last saw him Memorial Day weekend at Nethkin Hill year before last . It was so good to catch up. Karen, Megan, Jenny, Dani and family, I pray for your comfort and peace during this very difficult time of loss. Many are grieving along with you . Mark was a very special man . I extend my sympathy and condolences .

Condolence from LeeAnn Gable on July 7th, 2020 10:48 am

Mark was a wonderful person. He was so special to my mom, Frances Alkire, in Fort Ashby. He will be missed.
Sending prayers of comfort to you, his family.

Condolence from Patricia Jarvis on July 7th, 2020 10:50 am

So very sorry to learn of this sad news. I was on the Board of Ordained Ministry when he became a pastor. I remember him as one of our bright young ones! God bless and comfort you.

Condolence from Amy britton on July 7th, 2020 11:01 am

I was so sad to hear of Mark’s passing . He was such a teacher. He taught me more about what the bible meant in a year than anyone else. There has never been anyone like him … he walked the walk and he was so pure. My heart goes out to his loving family. They were all a part if his teaching as well. He will be missed. He was a true believer and lived his life accordingly. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to have him as a teacher.. thank my friend for your teachings..

Condolence from Cheryl and Tom Marple on July 7th, 2020 11:47 am

Our heart has been aching for the loss of our best friend and the best neighbor ever!!! We always enjoyed having Mark with us on the jobs when he came to work, he was a joy to be around and always had a laughing. Always there for us when we needed help, I will never forget how much he helped and taught me in my livingroom last summer. You are in my prayers as Jesus will give you the strength and the healing to get you thru this, you know Tom and I are always here to reach out for all your needs. We love you

Condolence from Julie Murphy Nelson and Jerry on July 7th, 2020 1:24 pm

We are so very sorry to hear the passing of Mark. What a great man he was; so thoughtful, generous, helpful and full of life! He was our Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Durbin, WV and he was so instrumental in a lot of people’s lives! He was very active and made the youth priority. I have a lot of great memories with Mark, Karen and the girls and throughout all my years, the best Pastor God has put my path. I will never forget everything he told me and the life lesson(s) advice he provided. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the girls and the entire family. Praying that God provides the strength and peach you need to get through this great loss.
All our love, hugs and prayers!

Condolence from Greg,Patty, and Eric Harvey on July 7th, 2020 1:54 pm

Karen and family, Our many heartfelt prayers go out to you for your loss. We were privileged to have gotten to know your family. Mark was such an amazing man of God. He was a pastor, teacher, and a friend to us all. We were blessed to have him pastor us at the Elk Garden UM Church. Many hugs and prayers of comfort to each and everyone of you! We lost a dear friend, but Heaven gained an angel. May God’s peace be with you all in the days ahead. Love to all. ♥️

Condolence from Greg, Patty, and Eric Harvey on July 7th, 2020 2:04 pm

Karen and family, Our many heartfelt prayers go out to you for your loss. We were privileged to have gotten to know your family. Mark was such an amazing man of God. He was a pastor, teacher, and a friend to us all. We were blessed to have him pastor us at the Elk Garden UM Church. Many hugs and prayers of comfort to each and everyone of you! We lost a dear friend, but Heaven gained an angel. May God’s peace be with you all in the days ahead. Love to all. ♥️

Condolence from Barbara Hubbard Scott on July 7th, 2020 2:16 pm

Upon becoming the Potomac Highlands District Administrative Assistant some 20 years ago, all pastors and their families became my work family … all so very precious and dear to me!! It was always a treat when Mark (and Karen at times) would visit the office or we’d visit or sit near at district functions, such as the District Picnic. You see, Mark would always make several walking sticks which were quite the works of art – they would be auctioned at our Ministers Mates auction at the picnic and would bring a great reward, for both the Ministers Mates fund and the winner of the one-of-a-kind stick, masterly crafted by Mark and having a message of life’s journey! Mark and I were close in age, with his birthday in July and mine in December of the same year, so I’d joke with him that he was, and would always be, older than I 😉

I retired as of April 1st of this year, but my, the memories I’ve gained over those 20 years. Mark will always hold a special place in my memory and heart banks as he was quite the outdoorsman and jokester, but also giving wise counsel, depending on the situation. Mark had often told me and my husband to choose a time to go float the river and he’d be our guide … some in our district had taken him up on that offer and I often heard the stories of a river float or two.

I know Mark is with his Lord and Savior and floating that glorious journey with Him, but also realize how you will miss his physical presence. Karen, I pray for peace and strength as you and family grieve Mark’s passing and celebrate his victory with our Lord and Savior. Sending much love,

Barb H. Scott
PHD of the UMC Adm Asst

Condolence from Allie (Richter) Cleman on July 7th, 2020 3:15 pm

Dear Karen and Family,

I’m so heartbroken to hear about Mark. I have so many little memories of him from growing up. He will be missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts.❤️

Love,
Allie & Jeremiah Cleman

Condolence from Sheila Edwards and Donald Richter on July 7th, 2020 3:23 pm

Karen, Megan, Jenny and Dani (and families). We are so sorry and saddened to hear that Mark passed away. So hard to believe. Words just cannot say enough. Please know that we mourn with you and pray for your strength during this difficult time. Good memories from our time in Oakland when our kids were growing up and doing many activities together will always be with us. Mark will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten.

Condolence from LeRoy and Vickie House on July 7th, 2020 3:39 pm

Karen and family,
We are saddened to hear of your great loss. Mark was a wonderful teacher, minister, and friend. We are glad that your family was all with him and that he was enjoying doing what he loved most. We always enjoyed his visits. and his humor. It was a privilege to know him and your family.

Condolence from John Hayes on July 7th, 2020 3:49 pm

So sorry for your loss, I have always considered him my pastor

Condolence from Jim McCune on July 7th, 2020 5:59 pm

Mark always knew how to push my buttons! He always called me “Jimmy” ever since our college days. We shared a lot of glances at church meetings that made me laugh and kept me from going crazy! One of my special memories was the summer youth camp where we did a ropes course at the north branch of the Potomac River. Kids would jump in and Mark would “throw them the rope.” When I jumped in he held that rope just a bit longer figuring I wasn’t going to drown. Always the funny guy, he finally threw the rope. Sad for your loss and ours. Thanks be to God for Mark and the gifts he shared. Jim McCune

Condolence from Rev. Phil Dukes on July 7th, 2020 7:17 pm

A colleague and friend in the Garrett County District, we enjoyed our minister’s meetings at Sam Wachter’s home on Deep Creek. Mark and I especially enjoyed the Red Gravy (butter and Tabasco Sauce) on Sue Wachter’s fluffy scrambled eggs. We shared stirring privileges at the apple butter pots at Burlington ‘s yearly Apple Harvest Event. All done in the ministry of the One who calls us to ministry. God bless and welcome our brother in Christ and and bring solace and comfort to his family and all who morn this day, till we too are called home.

Condolence from Eric Weaver on July 7th, 2020 8:08 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Hickman family. Mark was a great man. I had the pleasure to go kayaking, fishing and play racquetball with him. I do not think I could return one of his serves. More importantly Mark took the time to walk with me during a very challenging time in my life. His pastoral presence and life will be missed.

Condolence from Martha Belle Jones on July 7th, 2020 8:39 pm

Sincerest sympathy to all the family. My deepest appreciation to Pastor Mark for his loving ministry to my son and the emotional support given to him during a very difficult time during his life. Pastor Mark rests in the loving arms of our Lord who says, “Welcome home dear and faith ful servant. “ God’s riches blessings upon all of you

Condolence from Patty Pattison McVicker on July 7th, 2020 9:04 pm

Karen, so sorry for your loss. You must be devastated by his sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although I haven’t seen you in years, you will always hold a special place in my heart as a dear friend. Love and prayers!

Condolence from Bob Stephens on July 7th, 2020 10:45 pm

I remember first meeting Mark at the pool at WVWC. He was hamming it up and I was struck buy his smile and compassion. Over the years our paths would cross and I always felt uplifted. He was a blessing to the community and everyone he met. Karen and family, my heart goes out to you. You will be in our prayers. I am sure you will miss him every day but those of us who share his faith in Jesus know that we will meet again. And, there will be rejoicing. I look forward to seeing that smile again.

God Bless,
Bob and Linda Stephens

Condolence from Sherman Jones on July 7th, 2020 11:52 pm

Karen,
Mark was my personal hero! My Superman. He guided me, taught me and my children what it meant to be humble but righteous at the same time. If it were not for him I would not have my faith to move mountains. Through the supervised visits, court appearances, and making sure my children had everything they needed he was our rock. He helped me move twice and was never unavailable when I (we) needed him. His name is securely written in the book of life. I know he is still among us because it is not in his nature to abandon anyone anywhere anytime. I look forward to seeing him again.
May God who created and governs our world look down upon you and your family and give you peace. Death is not the end but the beginning for Christians.
With all of our love,
Sherman, Hayden, and Victoria Jones

Condolence from Katherine Browning on July 8th, 2020 5:50 am

Karen , I am so so sorry. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Please know I am here for you whenever /whatever you need. Love you all. Kathy

Condolence from Debra Corbett on July 8th, 2020 8:06 am

Dear Megan and family,
Ranson Elementary’s entire staff want to express their .deepest sympathy and prayers during this difficult time for you and your family. Your loss saddens us all. It was a great privilege to have your parents visit the school and join us for lunch during our grandparents day recognition this year. Your dad was a very caring and loving parent and grandparent and will be missed by all
Much sympathy ,
D. Corbett,
and
Ranson El. Staff

Condolence from Bobby Moncrief on July 8th, 2020 9:14 am

Karen and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark was such a great man, and i always enjoyed the time we got to spent together. I know my kids enjoined spending time with you all at the cabin. I know Mark will be looking down and enjoying watching over everyone. I will always have some great memories of him.

Deepest Sympathy,
Bobby Moncrief

Condolence from JoAnn Dickinson on July 8th, 2020 9:33 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls. Mark became a special person in my life. .He was one of a kind — so kind and caring and I’ll truly miss a lot as will so many. I learned a lot from him. He was a blessing.
Love, JoAnn.

Condolence from Ann Harrison on July 8th, 2020 10:10 am

Mark had a special gift of not only being a pastor, but also a friend to his congregation. This was quite obvious, whether he was mowing their lawn or praying for them at the hospital. Youth and adults loved his spirit of adventure. He had many gifts to supervise outdoor activities. He was always the same wherever you met him. Mark adored his “girls.”

Love to Karen and Family
Roger and Ann Harrison

Condolence from Wandell (Rizer) Feaster on July 8th, 2020 12:36 pm

Dear Karen and family,

I’m so very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Praying you find joy in your many wonderful memories, and that God gives you peace and comfort now and in the coming days.

Your friend from many years ago,
Wandell

Condolence from William Miller on July 8th, 2020 1:57 pm

Karen and family we are sorry too hear of marks passing mark was a dear friend who i will really miss .sincerely bill

Condolence from Eloise Welling on July 8th, 2020 7:13 pm

Karen and family I’m so sorry for your loss. My what a great man Mark was. I went to church when he was pastor, knew him quite well. He will be greatly missed but we know he’s in a better place. One of the last times I saw him at BUMC church (before the pandemic), he walked up to me when everyone was shaking hands and he said “No, that won’t do I want a hug” and he smiled so brightly I will never forget it. My family and I have known him for years, quite a loss for all of us that are left behind. Keeping all of you in my prayers.
Love, Eloise

Condolence from Tom and Debbie Woods on July 8th, 2020 9:24 pm

Debbie and I were at a loss for words as we learned of Mark’s passing. He was a great inspiration to everyone. His quick smile and wit will be a remembrance not ever forgotten. Our prayers are with each of the family. Ironically we are staying in Mark’s birthplace of Parkersburg visiting with our family when were heard that he had moved to his eternal home. God Bless and know that Mark left a great impact on Garrett County.

Condolence from Donna Nicely on July 9th, 2020 1:13 am

Karen and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Mark was truly a remarkable man. We hold in our hearts all the memories of our times together when he pastored at Durbin. His accomplishments at Durbin were so many that looking back it is unimaginable for his first charge. I recall him saying that he knocked on every door in Durbin to invite others to church. He taught us, cared for us and truly ministered to us. During Sunday worship, we always hung upon every word in his sermons.! On the last Sunday at Durbin he asked the congregation to sing “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” as we all cried buckets of tears. We can’t even imagine how much “more “ he aspired to, but we know that he did aspire to even greater things- without a doubt! One day we will all be reunited again, even though the parting is so painful. So for now, thank you Mark and family for blessing us with a life well lived.
Don and Donna Nicely

Condolence from Rick Beckman on July 9th, 2020 4:43 pm

Karen and Family,

Joanna and I were so deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Mark’s passing. What a wonderful man and role model for many! We are so glad to have had the opportunity of knowing him. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick and Joanna Beckman

Condolence from Annette and Brenda Jones on July 9th, 2020 4:57 pm

Karen and family,

Although we only knew Mark for a brief period of time, when he was our pastor at Elk Garden UM Church, he made such an impact on our spiritual growth. He taught us the Word and kept us hungry for more of God every Sunday. I feel so blessed to have known him only for a short time. There was always a smile on his face and a helping hand stretched out. Peace be with you Karen and girls! We love you!

Condolence from Mark Flynn on July 10th, 2020 2:07 pm

My life was touched by Mark (and by his parents and his brothers) in the 1970’s in Tyler County. I never served near where Mark was serving, but I was always glad to see him at conference. When I was the superintendent in Lewisburg, I heard a lot of stories about Mark’s ministry in Durbin. In Moorefield I have heard of times that Mark preached at Duffey and times that he shared with our youth. Mark was a blessing to many people in many places. Thank you for sharing him. God bless you.

Condolence from Karen Kimble on July 10th, 2020 8:15 pm

Dear Karen and family, so sorry for your loss. Mark was such a dynamic preacher, and well loved by all. He was my favorite minister. I can remember him, bringing me to tears, many sundays. He was definitely a Fisher of men. I’m sure he’s asking God, all those questions, and celebrating his Lord. We are praying for your peace and comfort. Know that you are loved. Sincerely, karen and Guy Kimble

Condolence from Pat Foley on July 11th, 2020 8:49 am

Karen, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers that God grants you comfort in your sorrow and that you feel his presence in all the coming days. Love, Pat

Condolence from Mary Lynn Bosley on July 11th, 2020 9:49 am

Our hearts are broken for all of you! Please know that Jim and I are sending warm thoughts during this most difficult time. May you find comfort in remembering all the times your husband/father/grandfather made a difference in your lives. God bless!

Condolence from Dave and Cookie Roberts on July 11th, 2020 10:21 am

We hated to hear of Mark passing. His entire family are in our thoughts and prayers today. Mark was a man that will be greatly missed by many, especially those of us that grew up with him and knew him well. He touched many lives. May Gods loving arms surround you all.

Dave Roberts TCHS Class of “71”.
Cookie Robert TCHS Class of “76”.

Condolence from Jason Hickman on July 11th, 2020 10:28 am

We were saddened to hear of your loss. Dad held Mark in high regard and though it has been many years I remember with fondness the occasions we were able to visit. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Angie Jamison on July 11th, 2020 11:15 am

Dear Karen, Megan, Jenny, Dani, and family,

I am so very sorry for Mark’s sudden passing. He was such a big personality who was a significant part of the spiritual walk of so many. He was a dynamic teacher and approachable pastor who was always ready with a silly smile, willing to patiently listen, offer wise council, create an exciting outdoor adventure, and was an integral part of my Christian journey.

I’ll always remember his adventurous spirit, outdoor adventures, heartfelt messages, in depth Bible teachings, creative ways to reach others, and sense of humor. He was a phenomenon mentor!

Scott and I are praying for you to be surrounded by God’s amazing love, peace and comfort, especially knowing that Mark is spending eternity with Christ.

Love and prayers to you all,
Angie Jamison

Condolence from Frank Logue on August 31st, 2020 4:14 pm

Karen. So sorry about your loss. Mark was a good friend, college roommate, best man at my first wedding…. God bless you and your family…

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