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Roselawn Funeral Home & Roselawn Cemetery

741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL

OBITUARY

Mark Daran Whitlow

July 9, 1960May 14, 2020
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Mark Whitlow, a resident of Decatur, Alabama, passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2020 at the age of 59. Mark is survived by his wife, Holly Grainger Whitlow; father, Kelvis Whitlow (Karen); daughter, Chelsie Whitlow; stepson, Daniel Lee Keeton; two sisters, Sarita Price (Keith) and Nina Lawler (Chris); stepbrothers, Mike McAbee and Danny McAbee; stepsister Jerrie Crawford, and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anita Burleson. Mark was born in Decatur on July 9, 1960 to Kelvis Whitlow and the late Anita Burleson. He attended Austin High School and Calhoun Community College. He earned his CDL and drove a truck for AAA Cooper and Estes Express Lines for over 20 years. Mark and Holly were married on July 3, 2015 in Gulf Shores. Mark loved fishing, boating, watching Auburn football, and telling outrageous (but true) stories. He loved his daughter, Chelsie, as she was the joy of his life. He was a wonderful father, son, husband, brother, and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at Roselawn Funeral Home on May 18, 2020, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, with The Celebration of Life Service to follow at 1:00 pm. mark will be laid to rest at Decatur City Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfhandcemetery.com for the Whitlow family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • The Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, May 18, 2020

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Pat Winsett

May 19, 2020

Holly, Chelsie and Daniel,
I am saddened by your loss. Mark was a special person and knowing him over the last 30 years was a joy. He wasn't just a client but always a friend. He never tired of talking about his family. My prayers and love are with you.

Mitch Brewer

May 19, 2020

He was a true friend that will never be forgotten He was more like a brother than a friend If he ever told you I got your back he was telling the truth Alot of times he might be in front of you before you could blink your eyes I love you brother and I will see you later From your friend/ Brother Mitch Brewer( R.I.P.)

Jane Street

May 18, 2020

Mark could always put a smile on your face. He was a pro at making one laugh. He knew everyone and had a entertaining story to go along with it. He was a funny and good-hearted man that will be dearly missed by all.

Jerrie Crawford

May 18, 2020

To all family but most especially his wife and daughter. May the Lord wrap his arms around you as we learn to navigate life without Mark's humor and laughter! When you made deliveries at our facility, you always ask about the kids and always talked about Chelsie. The memory that I will hold on too - the smile. Every time I saw you through the years - you always had a smile. Now as you have crossed over (way too early !) I know you are having a blast! Seeing so many family and friends that went on before you, I know you have so much to share with them! You have entered eternal rest. Watch over and pray for us! See you on the other side!!!

LORI SPEEGLE

May 18, 2020

I have known you since I was 15 years old and I have lost one of my closet friends. I will miss your smile and your funny stories. My prayers are with your precious Chelsie, Holly and family. RIP my dear friend and I will see you again one day.

Mitzi Craig

May 18, 2020

I will surely miss my friend of many years. Especially, Mark's hilarious stories and jokes. So glad he and Holly lived close to me these last few years. Got lots of fun memories to cherish forever. Prayers for healing hearts to all the family. Rest now, Mark. See ya one day!

Luke Reid

May 17, 2020

My condolences to the Whitlow family. I knew Mark dating back to 1969 when we were in the 4th grade together at Austinville Elementary and Mark lived on Larkwood Dr. He told many a tall tale even as a 9 year old 4th grader. I’ve had the good fortune to visit Ireland and every time we pass the Whitlow Mountains in southeast Ireland I think about Mark and wonder if he got his gift of gab from the Blarney Stone which isn’t that far away from those mountains. Mark and I played youth football together in 8th grade, and while he was a little undersized, he made up for that with a big fearless heart. He left us too early.

Sherry Steinkuehler

May 17, 2020

I will never forget meeting you in RiteAid with your ornry smile and always joking and stories to tell, and then I met your wonderful wife, Holly. I was so glad when you guys got together and you both put so much joy in my life! I know you will keep on trucking in heaven and will have stories to tell everyone. Rest in peace Mark, you will be truly missed!

Craig Crutcher

May 16, 2020

To the family of Mark Whitlow my condolence goes out to you and I'm very sorry for your loss. I worked with Mark at AAA Cooper and boy did I have a great time working with him it never was dull moment when Mark was around he kept all of us drivers laughing with one of his outrageous stories and after we both left AAA we still stayed in contact with each other. I will definitely miss our phone conversation about the the freight business and just our funny conversations in general. There will never be another Mark Whitlow he was unique in his own way and I'm honored to call him my friend! REST IN PEACE MARK YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!

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