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In Memory Of Our Poets

Mark Howard Wilson (1951-2015) - Class Of 1969

Mark Howard Wilson, 63, of Fairhope, AL, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

He was born in Montgomery, AL and attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated from Huntington College where he was a member of the varsity tennis team.

Mr. Wilson was in the banking business until he answered God's call to ordained ministry. He received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope for 14 years, where he faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mark enjoyed fly-fishing, cooking, and especially spending time with his family.

Mr. Wilson is preceded in death by his brother, D. Clay Wilson; his father, L. Dan Wilson; his stepfather, Holt Rast.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Wilson; his daughter, Elizabeth Wilson, Birmingham, AL; his son, Mark Wilson, Jr. (Terri), granddaughters Gentry and Wiley, Fairhope, AL; his mother, Elizabeth W. Rast, Montgomery, AL; his stepmother, Martine Wilson, Montgomery, AL; his brother, John Wilson (Tina), Montgomery, AL; his sister-in-law, Nancy Wilson, Fairhope, AL.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Young Life Eastern Shore, or the American Diabetes Association , Birmingham, AL.


Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope Chapel
19698 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 990-7775

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on January 10, 2015.

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01/10/15 10:37 PM #1    

Amelie W. Cooper (Yonge) (1971)

I went to Mark's service today.  It was huge and so beautiful...i was amazed at the hymns, readings, etc.  Mark was so loved and respected from Montgomery, Pensacola, and Fairhope.  He will be missed, and his family so loved.


amelie cooper yonge

01/12/15 09:52 AM #2    

Gwen Rambo (Keene) (1969)

I had the opportunity to attend a service where Mark was the minister. I really enjoyed speaking with him.  I his congregation was blessed to have him as there minister.

Gwen Keene


01/14/15 01:12 AM #3    

Scott Starr (1969)

I had lost contact with Mark since graduation in 1969, and often wondered how his life would turn out.  I always admired his friendship with Tom Leonard, and knew what ever would happen in their lives, they would somehow be together.   I can remember Mark drawing plans for the name of the Law firm that he and Tom would have one day.   I am saddened for his loss to his family, and my thoughts and prayers are with them.


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