Gaskin Funeral Service
Tuesday January 18th, 2022
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Mark E. Dukes
CHARLOTTE - Mr. Mark E. Dukes, 61, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Gaskin Funeral Services, 14617 Lawyers Road, Matthews, NC. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND THE SERVICES.
DUE TO RESULTS FROM INCLIMATE WEATHER, INTERMENT PORTION OF SERVICES WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Mark was born July 1, 1960 in Lafayette, Indiana and was the son of the late Everett and Patricia Dukes Bailey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Rose Dukes. Mark was a graduate of Independence High School and a United States Air Force Veteran.
Mark is survived by his wife, Mindy; son, Chris Dukes and wife, Jackie of Wingate; step-daughter, Bridget Benton and husband, Chris of Monroe; sister, Michelle Dukes of Charlotte; step-brother, Eldon Nelson and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Sammy Dukes and Kaylee Dukes; and step-grandchildren, Kail Benton, Noah Benton and Addison Benton.
Michelle and I went to the Chicago / Beach Boys concert on what would have been your 62nd birthday this past 7/1/22 in your honor. Honestly hearing anything by Chicago just tears me up knowing how special some of the songs were in your life involving my mom when you were still together...or trying to stay that way in relating to the music anyway. Michelle played me "GOd Only Knows" by the Beach Boys and told me about that being special and how she sang Beach Boys to you in the hospital when you were still coherent and I wasn't allowed to see you till you were already gone with them just waiting till after I left the room to pull the plug...which was just holding you here at that point. ...God, I'm so sorry this happened to you dad, it's not fair ...wtf ..Pls make this not real ...pls pls
I miss you dad, so freekin much
I love you
Chris Dukes Aug 12 2022 12:27 AM
I took your grandson to see your marker the other day and am doing my best to explain what it means for his Grandpa Dukes to have passed on and why daddy is so sad at times when something reminds me of you. I miss you all the time dad, you were so full of life with so much to look forward to which makes your passing so incredibly tragic. You worked so hard for so long and earned a long over-due retirement that was taken from you and I am angry for you as I know you are looking down from heaven yelling at the situation like you would have a ballgame complaining and cursing saying c'mon ref..?!?..I was in the in-zone! ..and Dad, I agree ...that ref needs his eyes checked you were in there all day, everyone saw it but the ref...you suck ref!
I love you Dad... always have no matter what #unconditional
- Your Son
Chris Dukes May 4 2022 12:56 AM
I am saddened by the news of your passing. Thank you for the knowledge you have passed on to me that i continue to use today and in the future. You were a friend and colleague and you will be missed greatly.
Rest in peace my friend.
Adam York Apr 28 2022 1:55 PM
Thinking of you dad, not getting any easier. Miss you so much, love you dad.
Chris Dukes Mar 25 2022 1:09 AM
I think about you all the time, wishing you were here with me. It kills me that you won't be here to see Sammy grow into a man or that you'll never get to know "who" Kaylee is as a person since she just turned 1 the month before you left us. You were such a major part of my life it just doesn't make sense without you anymore regardless of our disagreements. I miss you so much dad. I don't have anyone who could ever fill your shoes to talk to or that could ever understand each other the way we did. Heck, I could practically read your mind we're wired so much alike, we were more like clones at different ages than father and son and I've never had that with anyone other than you ..not even my own son is as similar to me as you with him being on the ASD it's different but so am I and even though he's not that verbal I can understand him ...I got that ability from practicing with you dad without you even knowing you were teaching me you did all the time. God I miss you ...so much. Love you dad ...always.
-Little Daddy (what you used to call me when you were always of course "Big Daddy")
Chris Dukes Mar 24 2022 12:35 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Mark Dukes
Tsgt Edward Robinson USAF Retired Jan 28 2022 8:57 AM
I miss and love you dad.
Your Little Boy
Chris Dukes Jan 24 2022 10:10 AM
To Mark's family; I send prayers of strength and love to you all during this hard time!! May Mark rest in peace 🕊️ and God be with you all!🙏♥️
Olivia Poole Jan 18 2022 12:22 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Mark Dukes
Olivia Poole Jan 18 2022 12:19 PM
To the memory of a good friend. Yor will be missed. Heaven has gained a great person. Praying for the family.
Peery Linkous Jan 18 2022 11:53 AM