Mark Rupard

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Mark Andrew Rupard CHARLOTTE - Mark Andrew Rupard, a floral genius and creative force in Charlotte for more than 30 years, died of a heart attack June 21, 2018, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was 58. Mark was born and raised in the Boone area. Acquiring a love of plants from his grandmother and aunt, he started in the floral business even before graduating from Watauga High School in 1979. He got his start in Charlotte in 1985 at Roy White's Flowers, then Todd's Flowers. Almost continuously since 1995, he was a mainstay and a customer favorite at Elizabeth House Flowers, Charlotte's premiere floral design house. He had recently moved to Florida. Mark was known for his boundless imagination, innovative ideas and artistic flair. He won First Place three times at the annual convention of the Southern Retail Florists Association. He once designed the scepter for the Miss America Pageant. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Percival Rupard, and father, Andrew Lockie Rupard. He is survived by his aunt, Shirley Brown, of Morganton, and uncles Jerry and Bill Rupard, of Banner Elk. A memorial celebration will be held at noon Sunday, July 15, at 2034 Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204.
Published in Charlotte Observer on July 11, 2018