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DeBARDELABEN, Mark MARQUARD EARL (Mark) DeBARDELABEN Mark DeBardelaben of Franklin, NC died at home on May 18, 2013 after a long and productive Christian life. He was born in Smyrna, Cobb County, Georgia on October 7, 1923, the sixth of eight children born to Marion Milton DeBardelaben, Sr. and Paulina Lee Herndon DeBardelaben, and in addition had one adopted brother. In 1949, Mark married Carolyn Hutto of Hazelhurst, Jeff Davis County, Georgia. Mark and Carolyn raised two children in Decatur and later Stone Mountain, Georgia. Mark is predeceased by his wife Carolyn, their marriage lasting 60 years. He and Carolyn are survived by son Frank Parker and daughter-in-law Linda Moore DeBardelaben of Franklin, NC, their son Frank Parker II and his wife Katy Dennison DeBardelaben, daughter Chris Ann Keith of Alpharetta, Ga. and her son Kenneth Justin Keith. Predeceasing Mark were brothers Marion Milton, Jr., Harry, sisters Bessie Mae Starnes of Newnan, Ga., Sara Olivia Ward of Stone Mountain, Ga., and daughter Chris's son Kacy Jackson Keith. His extended family included 17 nieces and nephews and their families. Mark grew up on Fifth Street in Atlanta, Georgia (now part of the Georgia Tech campus) and on the DeBardelaben farm, part of which is now Fairview Memorial Gardens on Fairview Road in Henry County. During WWII, he attained the rank of Staff Sargent in the Army's 96th Infantry Division, fighting in the Pacific Theater of Operations primarily during the Philippine and Okinawa Campaigns, receiving a Purple Heart among other honors. While in the army he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, then after three years of army duty matriculated at the University of Georgia, obtaining a degree in Business in 1948. He was employed 27 years with the Traveler's Insurance Company in Atlanta and Little Rock, Arkansas. Mark always lived the Christian Life and was an integral part of Church and Ministry wherever he went. He helped Columbia Drive Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia form and grow; among many contributions being his part in the Jail Ministry for 25 years. Since moving to Franklin in 1986, he has been a faithful and loyal member and supporter of Pine Grove Baptist Church, its mission and programs. His faith in Jesus Christ was always foremost, apparent in all endeavors, and unshakable. This was evident in his Christian Testimony and his love for the Word of God and piano playing and singing of Hymns of Faith. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 21st from 10:00-12:00 at Macon Funeral Home, followed only by a graveside service at the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery on Highway 64 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Mark's wishes were for continued support of the Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.maconfuneralhome. com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 20, 2013
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