Mr. John-Mark Williams

  • Born: December 5, 1989
  • Died: January 21, 2013
  • Location: Catawba, North Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family

CATAWBA - John-Mark Williams, 23 of Catawba went home to be with his Lord on January 21, 2013.
Born on December 5, 1989 in Buncombe County, he was the son of Scott Williams and Susie Cruse. John-Mark loved football, he played for Bandy's High School and was an avid Vikings fan. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing,street boxing, and basketball. John-Mark loved and defended his family whole heartedly. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters. He was known for his famous quote, "I love you and I like you".
Survivors include his mother, Susie Cruse of Granite Falls, dad, Billy Cruse of Catawba, father, Scott Williams and wife Sharon of Black Mountain, brother, 2nd Lt. Brandon Williams and wife Katie of Fort Hood TX, sisters, Mandi Chapman and husband Aaron of Hudson, Emily Nicholson of Black Mountain, Hannah Williams of Black Mountain, Hope Williams of Black Mountain, nieces and nephews, Bailee Chapman, Kenzlee Chapman, Benton Williams, Maddox Williams, Brayden Chapman, grandparents, Pastor Roy and Sue Franks of Lexington, John David and Brenda Williams of Black Mountain, and great-grandmother, Geneva Johnson of Old Fort.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 26,2013 at 1 PM at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with Pastors, Roy Franks, Stanley Willet and Jackie Franks officiating. Burial will follow at Green Knob Cemetery in Old Fort.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11-1 PM at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be left at
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Today I remember a man who was only in my life a short period of time, but John Mark, you will always be remembered and you will always hold a place in my heart which no one since you've left, has come close to replacing. Your joy, laughter, love of life.... every little bit of you I got to know in the short few months I did, amazed me. To your family and friends, I grieve for your loss, I still will never understand why such a wonderful person had to leave this earth. I think of you often John Mark, and I will forever. Rest in peace John Mark.

Posted by Anonymous    January 21, 2016

today is one of the hardest days knowing its been a month since I last talked to you. I know I will never meet a person as kind, special and sweet as you. I know we didnt know each other for long, but the time we spent together, I will never forget. You are in my thoughts dreams and prayers every day as well as your family. I cant tell you how much I miss you, rest in peace, I cant wait until we meet again.

Posted by <3    February 20, 2013

Pastor Roy, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your grandson. May the Spirit of God intercede on your behalf in this time of grief. We are praying for you, and the rest of your family affected by this loss. May God's peace, which passes understanding, comfort all your hearts.

In Christ, Terry Beckley, Ruth, Tim, and Dottie

Posted by Pastor Terry Beckley and Family - Lexington, NC - Friends of Roy & Sue Franks   January 27, 2013


Scott I am so sorry for your loss. Your pain and suffering I have not had to endure, and my heart breaks for your family. I pray the Lord comfort and keep you all in his care. Heaven has received another angel today. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Posted by Patty Flynn - Candler, NC - Friend of Scott   January 26, 2013


Man, you were funny. You were always there to have my back. You always had all of our backs. You will be greatly missed. You inspired me to be myself even if it is goofy. Love you man ! Rest easy.

Posted by Chris Meuhlen - Denver, NC - Friend   January 26, 2013


I am so sorry for the loss of a great young man. A life taken too soon, but God needed him. Scott, my heart goes out to you. John Mark was blessed to have a father who cared so much and loves his family beyond measure. To the girls, a brother whom you all love and have so many great memories to cherish. Brandon, a litlle brother you love and were always there for. Sharon, my best friend.... my heart hurts for you. I know you were an awesome mom to John Mark and he was surely blessed to have you. You always loved him and he knew that. I don't know the pain, but I know your faith and know with Gods grace you have the comfort of knowing you will be with him again. You all are a special family to us, Bruce and I love you all. Spongey, LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK!!!

Posted by Cindy Martin - Swannanoa, NC - Family Friend   January 26, 2013


My sincere Prayer for the strength and comfort of the Family and many Friends
of our beloved brother,John Mark.

God Bless All.
David Whittington

Posted by David Whittington - Lenoir, NC., NC - co-worker & friend   January 26, 2013



My heart goes out to you and your family. I cannot imagine what you're going through. May your memories of your precious son and your faith in God guide you through this very difficult time.


Posted by Cynthia Mehling Hammond - Winston-Salem, NC - Friend   January 26, 2013

Johnny-Mac - you had a heart of gold and a smile that was contagious! I am so grateful for all the times we shared and the memories we made! It was justa few weeks ago you surprised me with a phone call, and I'd give anything to be able to talk to you one last time!You willALWAYS have a special place in my heart and you will be greatly missed by so many!

Posted by Chelsea Ferrell - Maiden, NC   January 26, 2013

JM, Johnny, Johnny boy.. where do I start. I cannot believe you're gone, and I'll never understand why God took you so soon, but you'll be in my heart forever. I'll always cherish the memories we shared. I don't think it's possible to ever forget your laugh. You touched everyone with such a warm, loving spirit. I wish I could have talked to you one last time, and let you know that I'm always here. Mandi, Susie, Billy, Brandon, and family please know you are in my prayers. I love you always John-Mark, watch over me angel. <3>

Posted by Chelsea Wilkinson - Catawba, NC   January 26, 2013

I didnt get the pleasure of really knowing John- Mark except through his Mom on facebook and i am highly saddened for his family and am in shock also. I pray God holds you all in His loving arms and brings you strength and peace. You are all in my thought and prayers.

Posted by Lucille Quick - Kingsford, MI   January 25, 2013

We were so saddened to hear of John Mark's death. He was a special young man who always seemed to have a kind word and a smile on his face. Our prayer is that God will give you all an extra measure of peace during this sad time. May He bless and keep you all. John, Liz, Clay and Candace Mackie.

Posted by John and Liz Mackie - Catawba, NC - friend   January 25, 2013

My heart goes out to the family. May goes bless y'all during this difficult time.

Posted by Jennifer Morris May - Lexington, NC - Know the Grandparents   January 25, 2013

We are praying for all of you at this time of loss. God needed an angel and called his name. May God bless you. We love you all very much.

Posted by Wayne and Sandra Everhart - southmont, NC   January 24, 2013


•Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless and be with you and your family. Belinda and family.

Posted by Belinda - Crooks, SD - Friend   January 24, 2013

Rest in peace John-Mark.

Posted by Roger and Sandra Denny - Ridgecrest, NC - Cousin   January 24, 2013

My sweet John Mark...we had some of the most amazing memories. The late night walks and talks that will forever be in my heart. There was nothing that I would not have done for you and I would give anything to hug you one last time and tell you I love you and I like you. You were so special to me and I know that we had a bond that nobody could ever understand. I love you so much my wonderful and amazing nephew with all my heart...always and forever. Aunt Chelle

Posted by Michelle Williams - Claremont, NC - Aunt Chelle   January 24, 2013

Thank you for all the great memories that I will keep in my heart forever, you will be missed so much! I love you!

Posted by Emily - Maiden, NC - Friend   January 24, 2013

For Mandi and Aaron, just wanted you to know I am praying for you during this difficult time. God bless. ~Jennifer Weber (Stephanie Bixler's mother)

Posted by Jennifer Weber - Columbia, SC - Friend of family   January 24, 2013

JM...the memories I shared with you will never leave me. You were a bright spirit with a full life ahead of you...yet God decided he needed you in have left footprints in all of our hearts and have touched so many! I am so proud of you! Keep us all safe,handsome angel !!! Love KT

Posted by Katie houser    January 24, 2013

I will always remember your smile and may God be with your family through this difficult time.

Posted by Amber Key - NC   January 24, 2013


John-Mark was a wonderful young man. I always remember how he was willing to help no matter what. He was always smiling and friendly with a great sense of humor. I pray that the family can still feel God's warmth during this cold time.

Posted by Tina Darling - Morganton, NC - friend of the deceased   January 24, 2013


I remember John Mark always happy,smiling,joking ,He was a joy to know.My deepest condolences to the family and friends,May God hold you tight and lead you all through your time of great loss.David&Stephanie Gragg

Posted by Stephanie Gragg - Lenoir, NC - friend   January 23, 2013

im so very sorry.. he always made u smile there was no being sad around him.. he made me laugh.. praying for the family

Posted by rachel goble - conover, NC - friend   January 23, 2013

susie, so sorry of you

r loss. Can't imagine what you are going through.,

Posted by shirley comer    January 23, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in my prayers.

Posted by Rob - Mooresville, NC, NC - friend of aunt   January 23, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you must be going through at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God is right by your side through all of this. Just remember that.

Posted by Sharon Comer Munday - Lexington, NC   January 23, 2013

Susie, Billy, Sue, Roy and entire family, We were so shocked to hear about John Mark's passing. We watched him grow up in church and thought alot of him including the whole family. He was always such a polite and friendly young man... not to mention his good looks.
Please know that in the days ahead we pray that God will give comfort to each of you.
May you find peace in knowing he's with his Savior now.
Sheila & Lawrence

Posted by Sheila & Lawrence Laws - Lexington, NC - Christian Family   January 23, 2013

We are so very saddened by your passing, Blaise and Jarrett enjoyed watching you on the gridiron and appreciatiad the baseball equipment you so kindly gave to them. We will miss you and will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Brett, Maria, Jarrett, Blaise, and Kylie Grace Harmon

Posted by BRETT HARMON - CONOVER, NC - friend   January 23, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family May God wrap each of you in His loving arms and comfort you thru this most difficult time.

Posted by Diana Slagle - Asheville, NC   January 23, 2013

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. God will give you the strength, just simply rely on him.
Daniel and Kristy Little and family

Posted by Daniel Little - Lexington, NC - Friend of grand parents   January 23, 2013

We are so sorry for the passing of your son. May God be with your family in this very hard time.

Mona and Lee Robinson

Posted by Mona and Lee Robinson - Black Mountain, NC   January 23, 2013


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of John-Mark. I remember him as a delightful young man who was always smiling and happy. He will be greatly missed by all.

Posted by Jean Lande - Newton, NC - Friend   January 23, 2013

I send my condolences and my prayers to the family of John-Mark. I pray that God wraps his arms around the family and his close friends in this time of grieving. I pray that this draws you closer to the one true comforter. God bless you.

Posted by Brittney - NC   January 23, 2013

you will be missed john. i want to also say that we will pray for your family during this hard time

Posted by Nathan Peltack - Napanoch NY also catawba NC, NY - friend   January 23, 2013


If asked to describe John~Mark, I'd reply smiling always..from the first day he walked into my life and even now." Loved by many and never forgotten. May your heavenly radiance embrace us all...

Posted by Felicia Weaver - Friend   January 23, 2013


My heart pours out to the family and friends! May God grant you some peace during your time of loss and the days ahead. No words will comfort you, but I send my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Bridget Null - Newton, NC - Mother of friends of John Mark   January 23, 2013


This Cancly is for John Mark.

Posted by Nancy Brocl    January 23, 2013

Even though I only knew you shortly, it still hurts like hell. You been my homie since day 1 of Math last semester. Rest in Peace. I send my condolences to your family and other friends.

Posted by Quez - Hickory, NC - Classmate   January 23, 2013

So sarry to here about John Mark.Our payer are with the hold family

Posted by Dennis and Nancy Brock - Lexington, NC - Friend   January 23, 2013

I love you so much man. I will miss you dearly and can't imagine how or what I am gonna do without you! You live thru me my friend, you will never die! Love always, Charles Franklin Nierman III aKa Chuckie

Posted by Charles Franklin Nierman III - Denver, NC - BEST FRIEND   January 22, 2013


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by The Ward Family - Claremont, NC   January 22, 2013


The staff of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of John-Mark Williams.

Posted by Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations - Hickory, NC - Funeral Home   January 22, 2013