Funeral Services for Mark Eason, age 50, from Tuscaloosa, AL, were held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 10 AM, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home, with Gerald Jones officiating.  Interment is at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Cropwell, AL at 1:30 PM.  Pallbearers were: Mike Schaetzle, Chip Brinyark, Dave Heggem, Phil Roach, Stephen Roach, Roger Patterson, Jim Yates and Brother Ensley.  Honorary pallbearers were: Northwood Church of Christ, University Church of Christ, DCHICUs staff on 2nd and 3rd floor, and all the physicians who cared for Mark. The family received friends on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Memory Chapel.

Mr. Eason passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at DCHRMÇ.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Calestial Yates; and Cleatus and Mildred Eason.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Patricia Ensley Eason, Tuscaloosa, AL; sister, Tracey Eason Hester; parents, Peggy and Nelson Eason; nephews, Dylan Nelson Hester, David Rece Hester; goddaughter, Emma Gray Schaetzle; and many other friends and relatives.

Mark was born in Birmingham, AL on October 6, 1961.  In 1972, their family moved to the Chicago, Illinois, area, where Mark went on to graduate from high school and college.  On Election Night, 1986, Mark relocated to Tuscaloosa.

Mark was introduced to Janice Ensley in January, 1991 and within only two weeks; they knew they wanted to marry.  February 14, 2012 would have been their 20th anniversary.  

Mark looked for the good in everyone – or, rather, he always assumed it was already there.  He never looked for ulterior motives, he never met a stranger, and he could always find common ground with the people he met.

Mark loved a good book, a good conversation, good food, and – most of all – his family.  He truly had the heart of a servant.  Mark wholeheartedly supported his wife in every endeavor, large or small.  They were rarely seen apart.

Janice’s words of farewell:  “Marky, my best friend, I will miss and love you forever.  I was the “Piglet” to your “Pooh”.”

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Human Society of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa or to Tuscaloosa Library.

Memory Chapel Funeral Home directed the services.

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