Mark Damond Evans

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Mark Damond Evans was born February 10, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio to Janet Evans and Craig Barkley. He attended Columbus City schools and enjoyed playing sports even making the baseball team his freshman year of High School. Although difficult to understand at times, he was a charming young man with a unique sense of humor and a bright smile that could change your entire mood.

Mark attended Whetsone High School and eventually earned his GED. He was gifted with his hands and a skilled plumber. He loved the holidays and good food. He fathered two children, Marquel and Devan, who he loved dearly along with his two grandchildren Jaasiel and Leo. He was uniquely Mark and did not hold back his words if he had an opinion about something.

Mark frequently gave his time and efforts to help friends, family, and even strangers with various projects, often not charging full price to people who could not afford to pay. He displayed this unselfishness even at times when he was not in the best position to do so. He also made many friends whom he remained loyal to over the years. If you were a friend to him, you remained a friend for life.

Mark is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Robert and Ernestine Evans; paternal grandparents; Rosemary Braynon and Mack Barkley; uncle Clifton Evans and brother Tevin Barkley.

Mark is survived by parents Craig Barkley Sr. of Hopemills, North Carolina and Janet Walton of Columbus, Ohio; children Marquel Anthony and Devan Grant of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Jaasiel Anthony Weaver and Leo Grant of Columbus, Ohio; siblings Gavin Evans (Delores) of Columbus, Ohio, Craig Barkley Jr., Neill Barkley (Carmen), Timothy Barkley, and Tiffany Barkley of South Florida; aunts Ethelda Evans and Tonya Evans of Columbus, Ohio; uncles Kevin Evans, Eric Evans (Mildred), and Quan Evans (Jean) of Columbus, Ohio and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Mark is truly loved and will be deeply missed. Lovingly submitted by The family

PRIVATE Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, September 19, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. My heart is so heavy. Janet (PeeWee) and Gavin and the entire Evans Family I am with you in spirit. I’ll be praying and attending online. Peter was and will always be my nephew. I love y’all

  2. We were saddened to learn about your family loss.
    No doubt you have made fond memories which will resurface from time to time. May those memories and God’s words in the Bible bring you some measure of comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. May God give you peace, comfort and strength in your time of loss. There is strength in the family unit and the Evans family has always been a shining example of what God intended a “family” to be – people who love one another unconditionally. With love and gratitude to your family for showing us HIS way.

  4. Gavin,

    I’m saddened to hear of the passing of your brother. I pray that you and the entire family feel the peace, power and presence of the Almighty God.

    Love you bro.

    Tony R Sanders

  5. Elder & Evang. Griffin

    Our prayers, thoughts, and condolences to the entire family and friends. God Bless.

  6. My sincere and heartfelt condolences. I send love and prayers of comfort to the entire family.

  7. I am praying with and for the family. I loved Mark. I will always love Mark. I will always remember that embracing smile. More importantly, I know that Mark loved me. He would find a way to be in my classroom, whether it was his time to be there or not. He was smart and he had a lot of very intellectual ideals. I do know this: he loved Gavin. A lot of our conversation centered around that sometimes. I think he came to love me because I loved Gavin and Gavin was in my class. If I was going to have Gavin, I was going to have Mark. The last time that I saw him was at the clothing store on Morse Rd. I was getting something to wear to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. His smile embraced me before he did. We talked in the dressing room. We talked while the little lady was doing my measurements. We talked until Gavin and he had to leave. I got my hugs from both of them and my eternal smile from Mark. Mark was a purpose for love.

  8. I know God will comfort you. Praying for you and all the family. Peter much love today and always.

  9. The Apostolic Holy Temple Church

    Janet, please know that we are praying for you and know that God will comfort your heart and fill the void with all the happy moments you shared. Bless you and your family.

  10. Ron & Jewel Johnson

    To the Evans family,
    We were saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. Our prayer is that God would comfort your hearts and the Holy Spirit will wrap each of you in his love. You will remain in our prayers.

  11. Our dearest Evans family we are praying for and with you during this very difficult time and always. We pray for your continued strength and peace.
    Love you all,
    Terrell, Kelly, Tori & Taylee Howell

  12. My heart is heavy with the loss of one of my best friend. He was always there when I needed him. My prayers go out to Sister Jan and brother Gavin and his kids! He will never be forgotten in the Lee’s household! We love you brother! So sorry I couldn’t be there to see you off!

  13. Mark was always a great person to me and my family whenever I called for his help he was always there! So sadden by the loss . My prayers go out to His Family and Friends ! Gone but never forgotten! Rest in Heaven my Friend! God has you now!

  14. I truly wish I could have been there , My prayers go out to you and the family
    I will miss my Mark with a deep sadness but I will never stop loving him and
    remembering the joy he was able to bring with his present. Stay Strong and know
    He is not suffering and my he remain in God memory.

    With My Deepest Sympathy
    Sabrina Harrell

  15. To Gavin and Mark’s Family –
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss and sorrow. I hope that your love and memories will sustain you in the days and months to come.
    Teachers’ memories are sometimes different than friends and family. I remember Mark would come into my classroom, so quietly I wouldn’t even know he was there. When I would notice him, he would just smile, that beautiful smile, and say hello. He was always kind and helpful. I also remember how much the brothers loved each other; I always thought they were so close.
    I watched the video because I haven’t seen Mark in years. He did not change very much over the years – still that beautiful smile. I will remember him with peace and love.

  16. Avery and Patrice Brady

    Gavin and Delores,

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and your family.

  17. Viola Towns

    My heart is just broke Mark has been with our family forever and he will be dearly missed…Mark is resting in GODS loving arms and we will all see him again… we love u all and the Towns family is here for u whatever u need.

  18. To the Evans Family,

    You are continually in my thoughts and prayers during this time, praying God continues to comfort and strengthen you and give you peace. I love you all.

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