Mark Henry Femrite

July 23, 1952 - July 15, 2018

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 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 or on Facebook @gardnerfuneralhomefloyd. The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home.

Guest book

Marilyn Crocker

Apollo, PA
July 16, 2018

Sherri and family, our first impressions of Mark were what a thoughtful, caring person he was. Pap was so impressed, as Mark was so kind to help him when he was visiting up here in PA. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Love to all. Nan Crocker

Will & Noel Perkinson

July 16, 2018

Mark will be dearly missed. A good man with a great heart. I will miss his advice and his ability to make me laugh. Who remembers the monkey story? He almost made me wet myself that night. Sherri and Family, thank you for letting him be a part of our lives as well.

Margaret Hillsman Lam

Jetersville, VA
July 17, 2018

Mark was a dear friend of my cousin Chuck Hillsman, who was the founding commander of Longstreet Corps and known to command some of the largest reenactments ever staged. He and his lovely wife honored me with a visit last year. He had acquired many of Chuck's civil war items from Chuck's wife after Chuck's passing and wanted to return them to the Hillsman family. What a noble thing to do. These items I passed on to Chuck's son Jeb who teared up when he saw them. Wish I had met Mark sooner as he would have been a great friend. Rest in peace.

Room 217

Augusta, WV
July 17, 2018

RIP Never forgotten.

Ben Narduzzi

Staunton VA
July 17, 2018

Deepest condolences to Mark's family. He was a great story teller, a gracious friend and a true patriot. Ben Narduzzi 5th VA Inf. Longstreet's Corps

Denise Dillingham

July 18, 2018

Sherri and family. I am sorry for your loss. I know you had some special time with Mark over the last year. My deepest condolences.

Garry Granger

Double Oak, TX
July 18, 2018

The world was just a better place when Henry was in it .... his wit, energy, infectious laughter, skill, love of life, creativity and brotherhood will surely be missed.... heartfelt sympathy to Sherri and the kids/grandkids whom he loved unconditionally....the Maney which he lived and died is an inspiration May God give him rest and peace.... and a campfire to stand next to and tell magnificent and embellished stories GOD SPEED Henry

Jane R Zitta

July 18, 2018

Sherri and all your family, You are certainly in your thoughts and prayers as you travel through these difficult days. I like Mark's thoughts of celebrating life. So thankful he lived out his live well, the way he wanted to. Hold tight your good memories. Hugs, Vic and Jane

Elaine Belay

Blacksburg, VA.
July 19, 2018

As your previous neighbor in Woodbine, I was heartbroken to hear about Mark. He was a fine dad and husband for sure. We leave on a cruise the day of the funeral. I know this is such a difficult time for all of you. I will pray for God to wrap his loving arms around you all. Call me when you are ready to visit. 558-8893. I will let the boys know. Love Elaine and Ron Belay

Lee Livick Combs

July 19, 2018

My deepest sympathy. Mark was one of my favorite cadet at A.M.A. Loved his stories. Peace. Lee Livick Combs

Jeff & Mae Sobataka

July 20, 2018

Mae and I are saddened to hear of Mark's passing. We were always happy to see him at reenactments. It was fun times when Mark was around. He is one of the good guys. Jeff and Mae Sobataka

michael Kidd

July 21, 2018

Maureen and I would like to tell you that we are so sorry for your lose. The world is alittle less bright. And Ive lost another brother. See you when I see you my brother. All my love Mike