Mr. Mark Charles Joseph Stidham, 70, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at UNC-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health.
Mark was born on December 11, 1952 in Marion, OH to the late Lee Stidham and Rosemary Caserta Stidham. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was locally known as a meat cutter, working for both Sams and Ingles over the years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Chris and Danny Stidham.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy Taylor Stidham of the home, three children, Mikalea Taylor-Cork and spouse James Cork of Morganton, Chris Stidham and spouse Alex Goins of Connelly Springs, and Dylan Stidham and spouse Kristin Hamm of Morganton. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Huck McGalliard, Cade and Camden Stidham, and Kaislee and Kambree Stidham.
The family will receive friends on Monday May 29, 2023 from 3:00 until 5:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
A private inurnment will follow at the Black Mountain State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, at stjude.org. The family welcomes flowers.
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Stidham family.
Such a wonderful man my dear cousin Mark. So kind, loving and talented. He had so much live for his grands and children. He’s in heaven with his parents and brothers. Love you Mark. Cousin Toni Ireland
Sending love and prayers from Cousin Doris Caseta Schwartz, spouse Steve From Maron, Ohio. It sure sounds like he left a beautiful legacy with wonderful children and grandchildren. May you find piece on your memories and knowing he is with our Father in heaven. What a joyous welcome celebration from our loved ones that have passed he will receive. Focus on that for comfort. We feel your grief and great loss.
I love you Mark… I will forever miss you Shug…,
I have fond memories of my Uncle Mark when we visited in North Carolina as a child. I remember playing with my cousins at a park and it was my first visit to the Smoky Mountains.
Uncle Mark always reached out on Facebook, wished me happy birthday, and reminded me always how much he loved me even if we were distant geographically. He was a kind person and my heart breaks for the young family and grandchildren he left behind.
I love you Uncle Mark and I’m happy to know your heart belongs to Jesus and you’re at peace now. I will see you again soon. ♥️
I’ve enjoyed connecting with cousin Mark these past few years. He had a fierce love for his family and a wonderful sense of humor. I can only imagine the greeting he received as he entered Heaven’s gates! So many awaiting his arrival and ready to celebrate a grand reunion! His loss leaves grief, but the joy of knowing he is at peace and home with the Lord and free of pain brings such joy! Sending love and blessings to all the family! From cousin Doreen (Caserta) Mooney
Mark was a great and kind person who loved everyone with generosity that exceeded most. When anyone was in need, he was there to assist in any way he could. His trade as a meat cutter drew people to him when they needed their game processed. He would gladly do this for them. Not enough can be said in his memory. We are proud of our brother Mark, and though missing him, our deceased Mom, Dad, and brothers Dan and Chris are joyful to receive him in glory with the Lord.