OBITUARY

Mark Warren Garner

June 27, 1960April 25, 2021
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Mark Warren Garner, 60, of Fort Smith, Arkansas went home to Jesus on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, April 25, 2021 with his family at his bedside after a valiant and courageous one year battle with cancer. We find peace in knowing he was home with us and not in a hospital room with such rules and restrictions. As his diagnosis and treatment was delayed by the onset of the pandemic last year.

Mark was the most loving, loyal, attentive huband, father, Pops, brother, son and friend. It was his passion to do for others. He will be greatly missed.

Mark was born June 27, 1960 to Cecil and Evelyn (Hulett) Garner in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He attended Fort Smith Public Schools at Beard Elementary, Ramsey Junior High School and was a proud Southside Rebel graduate, class of 1978. He and Melanie attended his 40th year class reunion in 2018. He graduated from Westark Community College in 1981 and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He married Melanie Shelton of Hackett at Grand Avenue Baptist Church on September 22, 1984, where he had been a member since he was an infant.

Mark was a “car guy”. He loved all things cars. He enjoyed watching Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Car Auctions. He has owned Camero’s, Mustang’s and most recently a Cutlass 442 that his brother, Randy found in Virginia. He loved his job at Tri-State Enterprises and considered them family.

Mark will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Melanie; his son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Emilee; grandchildren, Henry and Hadlee; his father, Cecil and companion, Onada; his brother, Russell and wife, Gena and their son, Zach; his brother, Randy and wife, Debbie and their son, Kyle and his wife, Penney, their children, Devan and Chad and wife, Sara. Other special family members on Melanie’s side, Paula, Tracey, Leon, Kala, Adam, Alyssa, Garet, Jami, Jaxon, Leo, Jessie, Steven, Brooklyn, Jenna, Stephanie, Karen, Kim, Ben, Sam, Jake, Lisa, Wes, Annie, Aleah, Skylar, Alex, Ruby and Ashtyn and his loving church family at Grand Avenue, Sunday School Class Adult 3 special teachers, Pam and Kelly Tiffee; his beloved work family, Tristen and Kim Taylor, Richard, Marcos, LeRoy, Larry, Wayne, Morgan, Terry, Johnny, Noel and Rocky, you all held a special place in Mark’s heart and special neighbors, Tom and Debbie Perito and Jane Duke.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn; his Mamaw and Papaw Garner, Pops and Grandma Malone and his loving loyal canine companion, Ben.

The family would like to thank his pharmacist, Lauren with Kaba Fusion, Mercy Infusion Center, Nurse Shelia, Mercy Home Health, Nurse Tenna for all their care and concern.

A celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, April 30 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett. Viewing will be Thursday from 1 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 5 – 7 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Chad Garner, Kyle Garner, Matt Garner, Zach Garner, Trace Higdon, Tommy Perito, Richard Rauch and Smiley Wallis. Honorary pallbearers will be Tri State Enterprises Employees and the Adult 3 Sunday School Class at Grand Avenue Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mountain View Cemetery Association, c/o Kelly Lane, 7716 New Hope Rd., Hackett, AR 72937.

Melanie and Matthew would like to say a special thank you to Mark’s caregivers, Randy and Debbie Garner.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Garner is survived by his wife of 36 years, Melanie; his son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Emilee; grandchildren, Henry and Hadlee; his father, Cecil and companion, Onada; his brother, Russell and wife, Gena and their son, Zach; his brother, Randy and wife, Debbie and their son, Kyle and his wife, Penney, their children, Devan and Chad and wife, Sara. Other special family members on Melanie’s side, Paula, Tracey, Leon, Kala, Adam, Alyssa, Garet, Jami, Jaxon, Leo, Jessie, Steven, Brooklyn, Jenna, Stephanie, Karen, Kim, Ben, Sam, Jake, Lisa, Wes, Annie, Aleah, Skylar, Alex, Ruby and Ashtyn and his loving church family at Grand Avenue, Sunday School Class Adult 3 special teachers, Pam and Kelly Tiffee; his beloved work family, Tristen and Kim Taylor, Richard, Marcos, LeRoy, Larry, Wayne, Morgan, Terry, Johnny, Noel and Rocky, you all held a special place in Mark’s heart and special neighbors, Tom and Debbie Perito and Jane Duke.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kyle Garner
  • Zach Garner
  • Chad Garner
  • Matt Garner
  • Trace Higdon
  • Smiley Wallis
  • Tommy Perito
  • Richard Rauch
  • Tri State Enterprises Employees , Honorary
  • Adult 3 Sunday School Class at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Mountain View Cemetery Association

Services

  • Viewing

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Family Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Tracy Mickle McNabb

April 30, 2021

Prayers and Thoughts of Comfort go out to you Melanie and Matthew may God wrap you in his arms during this time of great loss

Bill Baker

April 29, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill and Kathy

Byra Burke

April 29, 2021

Mack and I are so sad about the passing of Mark. He must have been a very special man that was loved and respected by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with all of you. Mack and Byra Burke

Morgan R Morgan

April 28, 2021

Heaven gained a friend. I met Mark at Putnam years ago and found him to be a NASCAR fan like me we would always hash out races and discuss sarcastically different drivers. I was so glad he came to Tri-State and I had the opportunity to know him more. I appreciated his friendship and look forward to the day when we're all together in Heaven. My prayers are with Melanie and the entire family that God will comfort and give you peace.

Pam Davis

April 28, 2021

I’m so sorry Melanie our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time
Pam and Rob Davis

Michael Wakefield

April 27, 2021

Grew up at Grand Avenue Baptist with Mark. Played baseball together and some golf.
Was an honor to know Mark.
He was always upbeat and I had a lot of respect for him.
Great family.
Will be praying for Melanie and his entire family.

Wendy Locklear Cooper

April 27, 2021

Melanie,
I am so sorry for your loss. Many hugs & prayers to you and your family.
Sincerely, Wendy Locklear

Alex SYLVESTER

April 27, 2021

My condolences to the family. I always enjoyed visiting with Mark. He always had a smile and something funny to say. I will miss you my friend. Prayers for the family.

Ginger Wells

April 27, 2021

Dearest Melanie and Matt,
In the midst of your grief, know that you have friends around you. There is no time line for your sorrow- take care of yourselves and take time for healing. Take comfort that Mark's pain is gone and peace is once more in his heart.
With love and many prayers for you,
Ginger Wells and family

Mike McKiernan

April 27, 2021

Randy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

Mark Warren Garner, 60, of Fort Smith, Arkansas went home to Jesus on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, April 25, 2021 with his family at his bedside after a valiant and courageous one year battle with cancer. We find peace in knowing he was home with us and not in a hospital room with such rules and restrictions. As his diagnosis and treatment was delayed by the onset of the pandemic last year.

Mark was the most loving, loyal, attentive huband, father, Pops, brother, son and friend. It was his passion to do for others. He will be greatly missed.

Mark was born June 27, 1960 to Cecil and Evelyn (Hulett) Garner in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He attended Fort Smith Public Schools at Beard Elementary, Ramsey Junior High School and was a proud Southside Rebel graduate, class of 1978. He and Melanie attended his 40th year class reunion in 2018. He graduated from Westark Community College in 1981 and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He married Melanie Shelton of Hackett at Grand Avenue Baptist Church on September 22, 1984, where he had been a member since he was an infant.

Mark was a “car guy”. He loved all things cars. He enjoyed watching Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Car Auctions. He has owned Camero’s, Mustang’s and most recently a Cutlass 442 that his brother, Randy found in Virginia. He loved his job at Tri-State Enterprises and considered them family.

Mark will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Melanie; his son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Emilee; grandchildren, Henry and Hadlee; his father, Cecil and companion, Onada; his brother, Russell and wife, Gena and their son, Zach; his brother, Randy and wife, Debbie and their son, Kyle and his wife, Penney, their children, Devan and Chad and wife, Sara. Other special family members on Melanie’s side, Paula, Tracey, Leon, Kala, Adam, Alyssa, Garet, Jami, Jaxon, Leo, Jessie, Steven, Brooklyn, Jenna, Stephanie, Karen, Kim, Ben, Sam, Jake, Lisa, Wes, Annie, Aleah, Skylar, Alex, Ruby and Ashtyn and his loving church family at Grand Avenue, Sunday School Class Adult 3 special teachers, Pam and Kelly Tiffee; his beloved work family, Tristen and Kim Taylor, Richard, Marcos, LeRoy, Larry, Wayne, Morgan, Terry, Johnny, Noel and Rocky, you all held a special place in Mark’s heart and special neighbors, Tom and Debbie Perito and Jane Duke.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn; his Mamaw and Papaw Garner, Pops and Grandma Malone and his loving loyal canine companion, Ben.

The family would like to thank his pharmacist, Lauren with Kaba Fusion, Mercy Infusion Center, Nurse Shelia, Mercy Home Health, Nurse Tenna for all their care and concern.

A celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, April 30 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett. Viewing will be Thursday from 1 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 5 – 7 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Chad Garner, Kyle Garner, Matt Garner, Zach Garner, Trace Higdon, Tommy Perito, Richard Rauch and Smiley Wallis. Honorary pallbearers will be Tri State Enterprises Employees and the Adult 3 Sunday School Class at Grand Avenue Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mountain View Cemetery Association, c/o Kelly Lane, 7716 New Hope Rd., Hackett, AR 72937.

Melanie and Matthew would like to say a special thank you to Mark’s caregivers, Randy and Debbie Garner.