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Mark Alan Downing

April 28, 1951 — July 1, 2020

Mark Alan Downing, 69, of Mint Hill, NC, passed away on July 1, 2020 at Novant Main in Charlotte, NC from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Mark was born in Wilson, North Carolina to John Pershing and Gloria Downing on April 28, 1951. 

Mark graduated high school in Jacksonville, NC and then went on to graduate from UNCW with a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology and Minor in Theology. 

On March 11, 1989, Mark Married Debora in Charlotte, NC. He worked as a Project Manager for Lazer Construction and He was the Lead Guitarist in Nantucket Band. Mark, along with his other band members, were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 11, 2012. 

Mark is preceded in death by his father, John Pershing Downing, his mother, Gloria Downing, and his brother John Michael Downing. 

Mark is survived by his wife, Debora Downing, his son Matthew Downing, his daughter Rachel Downing and spouse Tony Duncan, and his eldest daughter Meghan Downing McClure, his step mother, Olive Downing, and his cousin Tony Downing. 

The Downing Family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of the Doctors and Nurses at Novant Medical for taking such good care of Mark. 

Visitation will be held at Gaskin Funeral Services on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00am.

A Celebration of  Life service will begin after the visitation at 11:30am.  Hugh Kennedy from Blair Rd United Methodist Church will be officiating. 

Due to COVID restrictions, the safety to others and along with the safety of yourself, we ask that face covering be worn inside the building during visitation. Also there will be a limited number of seats for the celebration of life service based on these restrictions. We thank you so much for your love and support through this most difficult time.

Memorials for the family can be sent to Gaskin Funeral Service. 


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