OBITUARY

Mark Eugene Harper

October 4, 1960October 2, 2021

Honoring His Life

Mark Harper’s untimely death occurred on October 2, 2021. He resided in Birmingham, Alabama at the time of his demise.

Mark Harper was born in Bronx, New York on October 4, 1960 to Loretta Harper and the late Clifford C. Harper.

Mark Harper is survived by his son, Damien Walton (Laytonia); daughter, Isis Harper; grandchildren, Kayla Walton, Nyasia Walton, Corey Robinson & Brooklyn Walton; beloved mother, Loretta Harper; four sisters, Debra Harper, Michelle Gill (Charles), Gail Gilliam ( Lionel) and Dana Harper; nieces, Shenequa Frazier (Cameron) and Aysha Perry (Darius, Amare, Mayan); nephews, Jamel Smith (Jaylyn, Mariah), Marquise Perry (Tiffany) (London) and Lionel squirt Gilliam, as well as, a host of other family and friends to numerous to mention.

Mark attended John Adams High School in Queens, New York after which he went into the Navy. Mark was a very reserved and private person, however he was a loyal friend and family member who always gave everyone “the benefit of the doubt,” coupled with love. He loved family and stood far away from division. He loved unity. Mark was known never to argue. His disposition was that of a gentle giant. He was a very affectionate person and you just knew that he loved you because he had no problem always expressing it.

Mark’s passion was the Bible, poetry and music. He had a gift of Bible knowledge from his upbringing. Poetry flowed effortlessly as he would paint a mental picture brilliantly with his words and he could recite a poem that he had written verbatim, although it was written many years ago. He could tell you who and when that song was made. One of his all-time favorite artists was Sam Cooke.

Mark would not want anyone to mourn him because he believed that those sleeping in death will answer the call and come out of the memorial tombs to a beautiful earth where death will be a thing of the past. (Revelation 21:3,4)

It has been a beautiful journey having Mark in our lives to show us how to truly love.

Visitation for Mark will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 3:00PM-7:00PM at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281, where the Celebration of Life will occur on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 10:00AM. The Interment with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 2:00PM at Georgia National Cemetery-Canton.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.horisawardfairviewchapel.com for the Harper family.

Services

28 October

Visitation

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Horis A. Ward - Fairview Chapel

376 Fairview Road
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
29 October

Funeral

10:00 am

Horis A. Ward - Fairview Chapel

376 Fairview Road
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281

10 November

Interment

2:00 pm

Georgia National Cemetery-Canton


Memories

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Donna Casellas

October 26, 2021

I met Mark during a season when he was home, hanging out in Lithonia with the family. I always knew of Mark because Deb would say my brother Mark did “such and such”. I felt him when Shay’s whole face would light up with joy & pride when she told me “My Uncle Mark writes poetry and he is working on a book”.
Then, I met Mark and he shared some of his poetry with us at Deb’s place. Watching him stand there in the middle of the Great Room recite his poetry which was spun out into metaphors about life, music and consequences, I thought to myself he is certainly a genius and easy enough to love just as he is.

Tammie Baxter

October 25, 2021

Debra,
May fond memories of Mark bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and may prayers help comfort you.

Brandon Mccravy

October 21, 2021

Few people have the ability to be a shining light in dark times. Mark was someone who always challenged the phrase "I cant" with "why cant you"? And said it in a way that was so simple he made you believe you really can. People like that are people you always hang on to. In life and after. Not a day will go by that his influence will not be missed. Love you Big Bro. Always! Thoughts and prayers for the family. You will never be forgotten.

Lydia williams

October 20, 2021

Mark and I had a short conversation a few months ago it was very warm. Even though we had not spent a lot time together it felt like we connected. I spent time as children but not to much as adults but his conversation was real and warm. I haven’t seen Mark in many years but our short conversation felt we had a connection. We all will miss you we don’t want you to go but God wanted you more. Prayers and Blessings

Cameron Frazier

October 18, 2021

Dear uncle, you took me to my first game, and it was so fun u said you’d take me to another but now your time is done. Tho i never saw you on a consistent basis but when i saw you I smile for ages. Well i love you & I will miss your silliness.truly ! Cameron Frazier

Pierre Pryor

October 17, 2021

Damien, I’m sorry for your loss. I hope God heals your pain in this devastating time. I’m here for you cuz!

Shenequa Frazier

October 16, 2021

To my uncle Mark, ( “My mother’s brother”.
My mothers brother took me in as his daughter wipe the tears from my face.
No questions about his loyalty the love he shows already answered them to me.
My protector when life gets rough no one can break our bond,because it’s strong and tough.
Your love is pure like no other thank you Grandma for having my mothers brother.
To me your more than an uncle you’re truly a great friend someone I can pour my thoughts out to knowing you’ll cherish them in the end.
You’ve made me laugh when I wanted to cry ,you’ve made me stronger when I felt so weak I could die.
Whenever I face a problem and need some help I know you are one I can rely on.
You’ve always made me happy I hope you can truly see you’re more than just an uncle you’re always a great friend to me and my mother’s brother.

We shall meet again if it’s in Jehovah‘s will. In paradise !!singing.. La la la la🙏🏾🙏🏾♥️♥️

Marie Patton

October 16, 2021

I would like to give my sincere condolences to Damien and his family for their loss. You are in my prayers

Gail Gilliam

October 16, 2021

My Brother Mark E Harper was a kind hearted person.He was so very special to me.We had a bond since childhood that could never been broken.Now all I have is my sacred memories of all the times we shared together.
We laughed, we cried and most importantly we loved each other unconditionally . In the words of our old school favorite song that we used to sing together by the group Grand Central Station YOUR LOVE(means so much to me……more and more and more and more and more!

Marks Sister
Gail (Harper) Gilliam

Debra Harper

October 15, 2021

Mark was a loving and kind brother. He always was a deep thinker and put all of his pain and happiness onto paper so others can internalize or feel the depth of such. Mark was not a loud person. He spoke softly yet fast and every word had a meaning whether he meant for it to be or not.

He always had a kind heart and would always check to see how folks were doing despite whatever he might be going through. He loved to give that funny sly laugh and then give you an answer in the form of a question. Since he needed the answer to understand the depth of your conversation.

Every conversation was a deep verbal dialogue of words that played off of the meaning old or new that was of that context in his mind at the time. No conversation was normal. Either you understood the engagement or you would be left behind. That was just how Mark thought. He was always in a metacognitive universe (thinking about thinking). I believe Mozart, Einstein, MLK, Michelangelo, Dali, Picasso and the likes all were just like Mark in their thinking and examining all parts of life in order to create music, electricity, strategic movements, art and the like.

In closing, My brother, Mark was an intellectual genius, who some understood and some did not. Whichever way it went, you learned something new. I will miss his calls, fast speaking, soft tones and sly laughs. I am hoping and knowing that he knew his purpose and in doing so his chapter has been closed. Thanks for being my brother.
Your loving sister,
Debbie Harper

FROM THE FAMILY