Mark Henry Femrite
Born July 23, 1952
Died July 15, 2018
I’m writing this because I don’t want anyone to feel sad, but instead to celebrate life. As life goes on, we all have a limited warranty. My warranty ran out but you’ll never see me in a coffin because I believe in recycling.
I have no regrets.
I always wanted to be a father and am proud of all my children. I am proud watching them raise my grandchildren. I earned a “PhD in raising kids” and am proud of the life I’ve lived with Sherri, and my grandchildren – my little diamonds who are still growing. Keep in touch with people. Don’t lose touch with Sherri, who has been my rock. Stay active and keep your mind rolling.
These are my thoughts,
Mark was born on July 23, 1952 to the late Carolyn and Hawley Femrite. Mark was a proud graduate of Augusta Military Academy, an all-boys school in Staunton, VA which he discovered via an advertisement in the back of a National Geographic magazine. It was at “AMA” that he found his lifelong Band of Brothers. These friends are spread out around the world but have managed to still keep in touch, and when one would call the house asking for “Henry”, Mark knew it was an AMA guy. He acknowledged that the stories told among these guys were highly embellished.
After graduating, Mark decided that he wanted to pursue higher education. However one year was enough (“I had too much fun” and “I wasn’t an academic guy”). Mark entered the labor force, holding numerous jobs, and then decided to try the education-thing again. This time, he earned several certifications at community colleges while also working full time. Mark appreciated all those who believed in him and those who gave him jobs and opportunities.
Being a dad was Mark’s “most special achievement” and a dream come true. The next greatest thing was bringing 4 children together in one family. He enjoyed being involved in the school PTA, Brownie Troops, and taking the kids to Salem baseball games.
Mark is survived by his wife Sherri; children Kyle, Cameron (spouse Travis), Beth (spouse Nathan), and Jacob (spouse Lauri); grandchildren Josh, Delia, Zoey, Keira, and Carsyn.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Augusta Military Academy or Sherri’s church, The Presbyterian Church of Floyd.
Service to be held at The Presbyterian Church of Floyd on Saturday, July 21st at 11am. 169 Newtown Road Northeast, Floyd.
Online condolences may be made http://www.gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.com or on Facebook @gardnerfuneralhomefloyd. The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home.