Pastor Mark David Osborne 51 of Conover, NC died Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at his residence. Born November 21st, 1966 he was the son of Marilyn Coleman Osborne Cole and Roy Edward Osborne.
His wife, Dianna-Lee Bendell Osborne of the home; two sons, Troy Hunter Osborne of Rocky Mount, VA and Mark James Plover of Concord, NC; a daughter Ashley Nicolle Plover and fiancé Matthew Gregory Janzen of Starkville, MS; his mother, Marilyn Coleman Osborne Cole of Conover, formerly of Abingdon, VA and a step-sister Vicky Foreman and husband Keith of Raleigh; three sisters-in-law, Kimberly Ann Linvill, Christine Marie Linvill and Marney Bendell; numerous nieces and nephews survive him.
His father Roy Edward Osborne, step-father, Raymond “Bo” Harold Cole, his brother-in-law, Mason Robert Bendell preceded him in death.
Mark valued his childhood and the many friends from Garden High School whom he carried throughout his life. In High school he was a stellar offensive/defensive lineman and first team all district for four years. Mark’s accolades in football afforded him a position at Ferrum College in Virginia when he played his Freshman year as a starter. A career ending knee injury lead him to coaching. He cherished his days of teaching History and coaching football at Garden High, Franklin County High, Patrick County High, Rye Cove High and Northside High Schools.
Mark began his career in the building supply industry with Moore’s building supply in Virginia. After managing multiple stores for Moore’s, he transferred to their location in Hickory, NC. Mark worked then several years for 84 Lumber in the early 2000’s before joining Robinson Builder’s Mart in 2005. At Robinson he has handled all major custom builders along with the large commercial firms. Mark was the Installed Sales Manager in his current position at Robinson.
On February 14th, 2015 he married the love of his life. Together they set out to serve the Lord. Mark knew early on in his life he had a calling on him to share the Gospel and God’s message. On July 31, 2016, he was commissioned as Lay Pastor to serve New Vision Church.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for visitation and dinner followed by a Celebration of Life at 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at New Vision Presbyterian Church, 502 Thornburg Drive, Conover, NC.
A second Celebration of Life (because Mark’s life was worth celebrating twice) will be held on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Greenhills Memory Gardens, 11800 Governer George C. Peery Hwy, Cedar Bluff, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Neighbors Network, Inc. 706 1st Avenue South, Conover, NC 28613 or www.neighborsnetwork.org.