Mark grew up to be a great figure of man and person. By the time he finished high school, he had started his path to becoming an auto mechanic. By the time he was 41, he had a solid career as a mechanic and had been a successful bodybuilder and model. Like most people, he had more ups and downs than his share. Depending on who you ask for more drops than above. However, he continued to have a positive attitude and smile. Mark is one of those people who loved life. He is also the type of person you enjoyed being around with. While searching for sleep, he experienced some nightmares. You ladies know who you are and if not, we know who you are, so don’t hesitate to ask us. If you don’t know what to ask us, just ask the Bishop, he will tell you. Anyway, let’s re-mark that he is a boy who loved life and his children.
On May 21, 1967, Mark was born to his mother Hessie Mae and his father Ralph. He was born in Mt. Vernon New York at Mt. Vernon Hospital. Mark, a very lovable and intelligent person, did well in most of the things he liked as a child. In the younger years Mark also excelled in activities such as roller skating and biking. He was also what you would call a womanizer. He had a smile that could warm the coldest heart. In his youth he spent a lot of time with his older brother. In the former they were always together. If you ask Mark, his brother taught him a little about everything from riding a motorcycle to an auto mechanic. Like your brother, I can tell you that I may have shown you many things. However, Mark excelled in most of the things that interested him, these became his passions.
Even when Mark was a small man, he had a natural ability. Like rollerblading as a kid, it was amazing. He has a brother Zurriane and a sister Katinia. Mark graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and then from MTA Mechanics School. After living in the Westchester New York area for many years, Mark moved to Reidsville, North Carolina with his mother and sister Katinia Bennett. This was in the mid-1980s. After a few years he left the nest and moved back to Greensboro, North Carolina. His older brother had joined the United States Marine Corps in 1981 prior to this move when his sister and brother were young. There is a difference of five years between Mark and his brother. When Mark’s brother left for the service, Mark became the third man in the house. Like his brother, he cared for and spent a lot of time with his little sister. Mark loves his family, children, friends, and church. She also had other passions such as the house, the car, the motorcycle, modeling, bodybuilding, and life.
Mark, a certified auto mechanic, worked for several companies. Then he became a very good freelance mechanic working on both cars and motorcycles. Mark, a person very concerned about the body and health, participated in several bodybuilding competitions. I am and will always be very proud of him.
1. 2002 Renaissance Men’s Lightweight Open Winner – 2nd place.
2. Rookie – Upper Class 2001 – 1st place
3. Elite Muscle Class 1998, Rookie Men – 2nd place
Mark, also a car enthusiast, participated and received recognition at various shows.
1. Strike of Lighting Bike and Car Fest – 2001 – 1st place
2. 2nd Annual Lighting Bike and Car Fest Strike – 2002 – 1st place
3. Fiesta Car Show – 2002 – 2nd place
Mark was married four times and has a total of 9 children. He was the father of Demarcus, Ladarius, Tyreick, Markeeta, Nigeria, Ahsia, Isaiha, and Amya Peak. Zurriane, Mark’s brother, his sister Katrinia, mother Hessie, and sister-in-law Danielle. He had a nephew Zurian, Xavier and a niece Anjelica. Mark had been married to his current wife for 5 months on the day of her passing.
Mark sadly passed away on July 14, 2008. He was sitting on his Suzuki sports bike when he had a heart attack. He had just raced a guy and was just sitting on his bike when the heart attack hit him. He had a doctor’s appointment that same day on Monday that he did and took a blood test. He was scheduled for an appointment with his cardiologist for a heart exam on Tuesday morning. However, it happened at approximately 11:00 on Monday night.
Mark service Home Coming Service filled the Liberation Power House Cathedral on July 19, 2008 in Greensboro, North Carolina. There was only room to stand. Bishop WL Washington conducted a fantastic service. The bishop was not only Mark’s bishop, he was also like a father to him. Mark didn’t have a lot of money, but with the help of his brother, sister, mother, and the help of Bishop Washington and his ministry, Mark came out with honor. I would have been very happy with your service.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank, his grandparents, Eugene and Jessie. Please know that the brand lives in all of us.
Mark will be greatly missed by all.
Mark will also be honored at the annual martial arts event on August 9, 2008. The event will take place in the Washington DC metropolitan area. This event will be dedicated to his memory and warrior spirit. Mark wasn’t a martial artist, but he was in his own way.
The moral of this story is that we all have little time on this earth. Use your time wisely.