OBITUARY

Mr. Mark Nathan Day

August 30, 1963August 27, 2021
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North Pickens, SC – Mr. Mark Nathan Day, age 57, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 27, 2021.

Mr. Day was born in Pickens County, South Carolina, and was the son of the late Curtiss and Sue Day.

Survivors include his wife Kim Day, a daughter Morgan Day Williams (Brandon) of Raeford, North Carolina, and a son Ryan Curtalan Day of Greenville, South Carolina. Surviving are two loving granddaughters: Rylynn Grace Williams and Gracie Morgan Bauch. Mr. Day has a surviving sister Sharon Forte (Mike) of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and a brother Michael Day (David) of Inman, South Carolina.

Mr. Day, known as Nate or Nathan to his family and friends, was a graduate of the Baptist College of Charleston. First and foremost, Nate was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. His love for his family was immeasurable. In his professional life, Nate was an educator and varsity wrestling coach. His love for those he taught and coached knew no bounds. Nate’s love for life was contagious, and he lived every day to its fullest. He was a modest man who did not seek any recognition but deserved all of it.

Nathan Day was loved by his family, friends, colleagues, students, and his wrestlers. He will be missed dearly by all.

Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2410 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM on Tuesday, prior to the graveside service, at Dillard Funeral Home, 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Coach Nathan Day Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/f/coach-nathan-day-memorial-scholarship-fund

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.dillardfunerals.com. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Day family with arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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Mr. Mark Nathan Day

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Brandon Bauch

September 1, 2021

Pops as I called you, my father in law. I want to thank you for the guidance in life to be a great father and a great husband. You gave me your blessing to marry your daughter and I have big shoes to fill and will never be able to do what you did in life. You are the best man I know and thank for the quality of life you given. Words here cannot describe you the person you are and you hold apart of you in everyone and always will. I love you pops and thinking of you every day.

Benjamin Mastrofilippo

September 1, 2021

Coach Day was more then just a "coach". He was a father figure for so many young men who needed one. Coach Day demanded accountability but always showed sincere respect. He helped mold me into the man that I am today in just three wrestling seasons at Battery Creek. He was also my Drivers Ed teacher, which may be why my driving is terrible! Coach Day led me to a 4A South Carolina State Championship in 2005 along with two other State Champions (Zach and Alvin) and two 2nd Place finishers (Jeremiah and Kevin). Earlier that season during a dual meet, I wrestled a kid and could have pinned him multiple times. Coach Day was always looking for the six-point pins. I ended up tech falling my opponent and only getting the team five points. Coach Day "placed" me against the wall and gently let me know that this was his team and that when he tells me to pin someone, I better damn well do it. It goes without saying, I never made that mistake again. Coach Day was always open to teaching and I use many of his methods while coaching sports today. You will be missed Coach, but your legacy will live on forever. Mrs. Kim and the Day family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless. - Ben Mastrofilippo

Charles Gee

August 31, 2021

Family of Coach Nate Day,

It was with great sadness that I learned of Coach Day's recent passing. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of Nate's many friends and peers in the South Carolina Athletic Association. Nate was passionate about serving others and I pray that his legacy will live on through the lives of those he influenced. May God give you his comfort and peace during this time and in the days ahead.

Edmond Burnes

August 31, 2021

First and foremost, Coach Nate Day loved his family very much. My wife, Gail, and I would like to express our deepest sympathy. He was an unassuming advocate for what he perceived was in the best interest of people, with students being at the forefront of his interests. As an educator, Coach Day put forth his best efforts to ensure that students would become productive citizens. He was highly respected by students, staff members, parents, and community members. Coach Mark Nathan Day will undoubtedly be missed, but memories of this awesome human being will be long lived.

Barbara Chemsak

August 31, 2021

Dear Morgan and family - I was shocked to learn of your father's passing. I fondly remember you and your whole family while coaching softball. Your dad also was a great driving instructor for our son Brian. He always had a kind word and a smile whenever I saw him. I know you will miss him immensely. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. If there is anything I can ever help you with, please let me know. Coach Barbara Chemsak

John and Jeanne Rogers

August 31, 2021

Kim, Ryan, and Morgan,
John and I were so sorry to hear about Nate. Please know that y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s grace give you strength and comfort in the days ahead.

Marlene Myers

August 31, 2021

To the Family of Coach Day...I will always have great high school memories of Battery Creek ('89). I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Although I haven't seen him since those days, I always heard such great things about his accomplishments with the school. Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to all of you.

Cary Schoener

August 31, 2021

Kim, Ryan, and Morgan,
So sorry for your loss.
I met Nate for the 1st time over 31 years ago. While most people remember his coaching, the way he treated people, and willingness to help anyone in need. What made the most significant impact on my life, was the family man that Nate was. If everyone on this planet was 1/10 the father he was, 1/10 the husband he was, and 1/10 the good human being he was.... This world would be an absolutely amazing place!!
A couple of memories:
The last few years he lived in Beaufort, he and I played more rounds of golf then I have played in my entire life. While our conversations always included wrestling and Clemson(two things he and I really liked), most of our conversations centered around family and life. Rarely could we play an entire hole where someone didn't either tell a story or say something that would just make us both laugh hysterically. Typically after the round was over we would meet Kim and my wife for dinner. Not sure they enjoyed that as much as we did. :)
Thanksgiving - How many people have experienced Thanksgiving morning golf and dinner with Nate. A LOT - If they knew you, they made you feel like family!
One year, after Kim and Nate moved, my family spent New Year's with them. My kids have been on a lot of vacations. But after that trip, the only sentiment I heard(on a monthly basis), when can we go see Ms. Kim and Mr. Nate again. Again, everyone who knows them, knows they make you feel as if you are part of their family.
Finally, I had an exchange with Ryan when he first went to college. I will never forget a comment he made. It was about parenting, and his comment was "I have a lot to live up to based on the way my parents raised me."
Ryan, Morgan, and Kim - If Nate is the standard for a parent and a husband, then we all have a lot to live up to.
Mr. Nate - I look forward to seeing you on the 1st tee with a cold beer in hand.

Jerry Wigger

August 30, 2021

So sad to hear this. Nate was one of the old school coaches who I loved to visit with at tournaments. He always gave his all for his kids. A true competitor but also a true sportsman. He was good as his word and always willing to help when it came to wrestling. He was proud of his children and his wrestling boys. He will be missed.

Bill Christie

August 30, 2021

Kim and Family,
Although I only met Nate a handful of years ago, I will always treasure the laughs and precious times I got to spend with him while being blessed to join the Hilton Head crew (and Nate's extended family) on various adventures. Nate's bigger than life personality and infectious personality was only trumped by his humility and graceful friendship; and ultimately, by his love for you and his family. The only thing Nate was boastful about was his love for you and his family. He was just such a special person and I am so grateful to be able to call him a friend. Thank you for sharing him so unselfishly.
Bill Christie

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