A memory shared

My dad is gone, the thought brings tears just to write his name.  Mark Whitehead Presley, Sr. was a great man.

Last night was a tough night. The five children and my mom sat around the room and shared memories of our father, as the he journeyed to meet God. It is like a dream. I feel like I am going to wake up and my dad will be there calling me a dorky son. My dad is in a better place. He has left our hands to join God hand in hand in heaven, but he has not left our hearts.

We came back to our house on Cape Cod at 5am to be greeted by one of the best sunrises I have witnessed. It has been pouring here for 4 days, and then when he is finally gone the sun comes out to warm our souls. We do not know what the days ahead will hold, but we know we leave the Cape this year are changed not by what we witnessed, but by what God has brought us through.

If you never knew my dad you missed out. A man once told me that my dad never met a stranger, another said he was never without a smile. He was a man that left you with a memory at each meeting. He served in so many ways. He was a dad, a friend, a mentor, a husband, a friend, a teacher, and a follower of Christ. The fact that hundreds of you have let us know how he changed you is testimony to his life. His personality was larger than life, yet his heart was overflowing personally into each relationship. He will be missed, but he will be remembered by even more. His impact will not just be felt this week but for generations to come. We are all better people because he was and will continue to be part of our lives.

We are going to hold a small service on the beach at Sagamore beach here in Cape Cod. This was one of his favorite places and it is fitting to say goodbye here before we move on. If you are close to saggy beach and would like to say goodbye with us, the service will be at Sunday at 7pm. Even if you can’t make it here we could use your prayers as we give our dad the honor he more than deserves. We will also hold a larger memorial service next Saturday in McKinney, Texas. We will send out information via this blog and all are invited. Please keep us in your prayers as we pack up our belongings and head home for the summer with out one less family member, but hearts overflowing with memories of my dad. This is not the end it is only the next chapter. That is how he would want it, not to give up but to press on towards the Father.

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48 responses to A memory shared

  1. Erin

    Blessings to you and your family. I never met your father, but he was obviously a great man that will continue to make an impact on this world, even though he has passed on to be with the Father. My sympathy.

  2. Cathy Kelley

    Mark Jr and Family,
    I know this is such a difficult time. I remember when my father passed away and the difficult time we went through after. His strength will be your strength through this new journey your now take. I so appreciate this blog and all the updates that have been given. Mark Jr., your writing has been so eloquent and full of love for your father and the life he led and will continue to lead through everyone he touched. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your entire family. Anne, my blessings and prayers are with you. You were blessed to have such a wonderful man in your life. Those times with him will never be forgotten. My prayers lift up for you and your entire family. Again, let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your entire family.
    In the glory of God,
    Cathy

  3. Cathy Kelley

    Mark Jr.,
    I hope you continue with your blogs about your family. I have been able to experience your family in a new light and would like to continue to grow and be a part of your family.
    Love,
    Cathy

  4. Barbara Howard

    My daughter works at Eastfield and asked me to pray for Dr Presley and to pass the request along to my prayer group and I did and have.

    Today my heart is very heavy. I realized from the first few words I read that Dr Presley was so unique. I am so sorry that I will never get to meet him.

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I do believe that God has a purpose for Dr Presley and needed him now. You will continue to be in my prayers.

    May God bless and keep all of you and give you the strength to carry on as Dr Presley would have you do.

    God bless you,
    Barbara Howard

  5. Melba Jeffus

    Dearest Presley Family,

    As I sit here with my tears flowing and my heart aching for your pain, I am remembering my last conversation with Mark last week before he left and one of the last things he said to me was that he would pray for me. That’s the Mark that I will always remember and love. I rejoice that he is with God in Heaven and I am so grateful for his life and being able to know him. He told me such wonderful stories of your times at the Cape and how much he treasured the time he spent there with his family. The last story he told me was about the baby snakes the kids were watching in the basement window area. Mark knew I wasn’t a big fan of snakes, but he always tried to make me see how useful the “good snakes” are to us. I always told him there wasn’t any such thing as a “good snake!” He was so proud of all of you.

    After your message yesterday, I was praying for God’s Will in Mark’s destiny, but deep in my heart I was saying, “God, please make Mark another Lazarus and show the world what miracles you can perform.”

    When the doctors told us that my father had inoperable kidney cancer and there was nothing else they could do, I said, “Lord, if it’s not your Will to heal Daddy, then I ask only two things. Please take him home with a minimum of suffering and let me be holding his hand when he leaves this earth.” Mark, God answered both of those prayer requests for me. I am so grateful that you all were there to share in Mark’s journey home to the Father. If Mark could have set up the scenario for his passing, I suspect walking on the beach at the Cape would have been right up at the top.

    My family will be lifting all of you in prayer as you continue into this next phase and especially Sunday night at 7 PM.

    God Bless and comfort each of you,
    Melba Jeffus

  6. Alex Taylor

    Sometimes the way is lonely
    And steep and filled with pain
    So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
    Cry to Jesus and live!

    O, and when the love spills over
    And music fills the night
    And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
    Dance for Jesus and live!

    And with your final heartbeat
    Kiss the world goodbye
    Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
    Fly to Jesus and live!

    Dear Presley family,

    You cry now because of your great loss, but you will dance because of his great legacy and the savior that he so faithfully served! My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially Mrs. Presley who has been a towering spiritual influence in my own life.

    Love,
    Alex Taylor

  7. Darryl & Lisa Chavis

    While it is certainly a heartfelt loss here on earth it is heaven’s tenfold gain. A true testimony to how Dr. Mark followed in the Lord’s footsteps and touched the lives of so many echoes in the comments left on these pages.

    Know that we all will be praying for your family’s healing these days and weeks to come.

  8. Joanne Eaton

    Precious Presley Family

    I praised God today for the blessing of Dr. Mark. It brings such relief to “praise Him in the storm”. I know the week ahead will be filled with highs and lows and we want you to know that we will continue to pray for each of you.

    I heard Tony Dungee speaking on the radio a week or so ago. He was sharing about a dear friend who came up to him at his son’s funeral. The friend asked if his son was a Christian. Tony aswered yes. The friend then asked Tony if, knowing all he knew about Jesus and Heaven, “Would you bring your son back even if you could?” Coach Dungee said he took a moment to really absorb the question. He looked the friend in the eye and said without a doubt that he would not be able to do it-it would be totally selfish. I think of that today. Dr. Mark is in Paradise! Hallelujah!

    You are each loved more than you know.

    Joanne Eaton

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your blog via your sisters’ blog, and do not know you or your family personally. However, your obvious love and respect for your father has been very compelling and I have been praying along with you all. May God’s peace truly pass all your understanding.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. When I worked with Whitney in Houston, she often talked fondly of your Dad. Clearly he was a wonderful man, and his legacy lives on in his loving family.

    May God comfort you during this time of loss.

    Love,
    Tracy

  11. Barbara Schneider

    Mark, Kari,
    Anne and Crew,

    This is the day the Lord hath made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

    I will rejoice for what God hath done in you, through you, and for you and what He hath done for all of us as well.

    He has provided a period of time to share with us one of the greatest people we will ever be blessed to know. What a gift from the Lord!

    The thankfulness I feel to have loved Dr. Mark, along with the whole family, is bursting within me. It is truly better to have loved and feel the loss of saying goodbye (or shall I say: “Until we see each other again!”) rather than not to have loved at all.

    We are all better in so many ways because of having had the opportunity to see love demonstated through Dr. Mark!

    May you be given constant reminders of the gift that was given, the joy that was shared and the love that was evident in Dr. Mark. Know God is holding him in safe keeping till you see him again in Glory.

    Thanks for sharing your gift with us. Thanks for sharing your joy and your grief with us. We are priveleged to join you on this journey. We will be humbled to continue to walk by your side for the remainder of it. Our ulitmate destination is to join Dr. Mark with our blessed Savior one day.

    What a day of rejoicing that will be.

    Through the tears………we will continue to lift you up and will continue to Praise! Let us never lose our Praise!

    Arms open wide await you when you finally return home to us all.

    Much love,
    Barbara S. and family

  12. Lindle Grigsby

    There is a song we often sing….

    There’s a stirring deep within me
    could it be my time has come?
    When i’ll see my gracious Savior
    face to face when all is done.

    Is that His voice I am hearing?
    Come away my precious one.
    Is He calling me?
    Is He calling me?

    I will rise up, rise up
    and bow down
    and lay my crown
    at His wounded feet

    There was a stirring deep within Mark’s soul this past week and he rose up and bowed himself down at the feet of the King he loved and laid his crown at His wounded feet.

    Yes, you … we all will miss Mark, but Mark is now in the presence of our mighty God.

  13. Jennifer Eddy

    Dear Presley Family,
    I just tried to explain to my roommate about the kind of man Dr. Mark was, and the kind of family that you all are. It was actually very strange to have to explain to someone who the Presleys are. I feel like I have known you all my whole life just from growing up at FBC. I have been blessed through knowing your family. When I think about Dr. Mark I remember his enthusiasm and love for people. Even though I didn’t have an extensive amount of interaction with him, I have seen how active he has been in the life of our church for basically the past 20 years.
    I’ve been reading a lot of the other comments people have left you all, and I smiled as I read Denton Wood’s thanks to Dr. Mark for teaching Denton Jr. the states and capitals. I remember whenever I would baby-sit little Denton he always wanted to play the “states and capitals” game. I think he was about 4, and I was just so impressed. So I too want to thank Dr. Mark for teaching Denton the states and capitals. Playing the “states and capitals” game always brought a smile to my face.
    I am praying for all of you in the days ahead. I love you all and I am so grateful that your family is a part of my life.

    Jennifer Eddy

  14. I am sad to read of your fathers passing.
    We never know just how many lives our parents have touched. When my father passed away 2 years ago, I never knew how many people in the neighborhood talked to my dad and how much he touched them.

    The days ahead will seem like a fog to you. You are surrounded by love.

    God Bless

    Glenda

  15. My condolences to the entire Presley Family. The world has lost a wonderful man but we are all better people for having known him…even if it wasn’t personally as in my case. I knew him through Kari and Kijsa’s blog and loved to read their posts about him. I truly believe that he is in a better place and I will continue to pray for your family.

  16. Maria Adamczyk

    Dear Presley Family,

    I am so sorry to hear that Dr. Mark has left our world as we know it. But somehow I believe when we all get to heaven and spend time with Jesus…Dr. Mark will teach us and show us even more about our Saviour…
    It’s absolutely amazing that your blog got over 5,000 hits…Dr. Mark truly was an inspiration to everyone he met. I will be praying for you all to feel the arms of our Lord around you, as you continue day by day, greiving and celebrating his life.

    Love to you all.

    Maria

  17. Alexander Daniel

    I cannot believe Mark is gone from us. His smiling face persists in my mind even when I read this sad news.

    I extend mine, my family’s and my colleagues’ sympathies and prayers to the wife and extended family of Mark.

    Alexander Daniel
    Chemistry dept.
    Eastfield College

  18. Donde Womack

    Dr. Mark was a lovely man and I feel so blessed, so honored, so enriched to have known him, to have been taught by him, and to have been inspired by him. He was a man of such rich character. Heaven is richer today by his presence there. To God be all the Glory for the life and legacy of Dr. Mark Presley and may God bless the Presley family with peace, comfort, and the joy of their memories.

    With Deepest Respect,
    Donde Womack
    McKinney, TX

  19. Becca Masters

    I wrote this earlier than usual this morning. I couldn’t stop thinking about you guys and so I got up from bed and wrote this note to Dr. Mark intending to post it later today. Being earlier than my usual waking hour, I was afraid I had better read my note again later and make sure I said what I wanted to say. But then later I checked the blog as saw the last post and learned Dr. Mark was now in heaven, but I couldn’t change my letter. I still wanted to leave my comment written to him, Dr. Mark. So this is what I wrote:

    Dr. Mark,
    My heart rejoices and my heart breaks. How can it do both at the same time? I want to ask that question, but I have to just have faith and pray to our amazing God and rejoice in who He is and give thanks at all times. I thank Him for you and I thank Him for your family. When we moved into Kari’s house 18 months ago, I was so grateful, very grateful, but at the same time, I didn’t know why we were being blessed to move into the house of our dreams. I had nothing to do with us moving, it was all God. So I knew He had His reasons. I knew that I may never know His reasons or that one day He would show me why He has us here. As I told your precious daughter-in-law the other night, now I know why. The friendships that I have gained by knowing your family are priceless. And Dr. Mark, the essence of who you are is living and breathing in each and every one of them. It is amazing to see your impact on even your grandkids as young as they are.

    I wish I had gotten to know you more (and sooner). Mostly I have gotten to know you through your kids. They love you soooo much and it is neat to see you in them. Talking with Melissa this week has been so neat – you have a very special relationship and that can be rare between a father-in-law and daughter-in-law. She adores you and adores the GiGi you are to Champe!

    In constant prayer and with Christ’s love,
    Becca Masters

    PS I have this pink tin can from my childhood sitting in my garage. The outside of the can says Barbie Clothes, but inside the can is my rock collection. One of these days I’ll see if Mark can identify what they all are. 🙂 I hear his knowledge is pretty extensive thanks to you! I wonder if he will stop the car on family road trips and tell Champe and Eli about the rocks he sees?!?!

  20. Andy New

    My heart and prayers go out to all the Presley family. You will continue to be bathed with prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Mr. Mark Presley is now with his Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that Mr. Presley would love to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through the life that he lived. I pray that as the services take place that people may come to know Jesus Christ. May God the God of all comfort and compassion be with you all. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

  21. My most sincere condolence to you and your family. I am a reader of your sisters blog and have been praying for you all. Take heart that your dad now sings with the angels.

  22. Sarah Biedma (New)

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. All week Dr. Mark and you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. As I remember you father, I couldn’t help but think of a time when I went to Mexico on a mission trip, and your father went with the youth group. He was such a rock and was so passionate about sharing Christ. He left a legacy that will be hard for the body of Christ to lose. I know now that he is rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…” Rev. 21:4 Your family is in my prayers.

  23. Melissa Whitney

    I am so sad for your loss and also for my loss. I agree with the comment about Mark never meeting a stranger. There are some people who are larger than life and thus remind each of us that we all have that potential to connect with something greater than ourselves. Mark, very much like his father, would do anything for anyone. No favor to ask was too great. And you always wanted to ask them, because they could do absolutely everything, true renaissance men.

    There is another quality that embodies both of them. They wanted everyone to be included and everyone to be involved. For example, Uncle Oran wanted everyone to go camping, and he made sure it would be fun, guaranteed. My son Aren and I were honored to attend two Presley weddings and a 90th birthday party for Aunt Ione in McKinney. With all the excitement and so many visitors, Mark still took the time to make sure that Aren and I were included and involved with everything. It was a joy to see the way your family coordinated activities with seemingly no one in charge and everyone in charge, When any one of you asked me how I was, I got the impression that you really wanted to know. It is rare to find one person like that, but to find a whole family of caring and loving people is definitely awesome. (I would have to credit Anne for this also, as the apple never falls far from the tree.) It does not surprise me that this same loving and caring unity is being demonstrated in his dying as in his living.

    Who would have thought that 39 years later, minus a day, that we would be mourning the loss of another life too short, ended when the light is still shining bright with so much potential for the future? Uncle Oran has been gone for almost four decades now, and Aunt Ione for two short years. It makes no sense that the world must go on without Mark in it. As life goes on there are fewer and fewer people who have known me my whole life and more and more people being born who I have known their whole lives. “And the circle of the wheel goes around and around, and the circle of the wheel goes around.” The essence of Mark will continue in all of us.

    Love and Blessings to your whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Cousin Melissa in Michigan

  24. Annie Mae Kingston

    We are friends of KariAnne and Denny from Smithland and we send our sympathy and love across the miles to the Presley family. I know what a terribly difficult time this is for all of you, and our prayers are with you. Heartfelt sympathy to Anne and all the Presleys.

    There is a song that we often sing in our church and the refrain has always brought me comfort. I would like to share it with you.
    …”and He will raise you up on eagles wings,
    bear you on the breath of dawn,
    make you to shine like the sun,
    and hold you in the palm of His hand.”

    Huge hugs are waiting for you in Smithland.

    Tom and Annie Mae Kingston

  25. Jack Haye

    Dear Preseley Family –

    He’s home. Safe and now in the midst of pure delight. He’s home. A life that touched so many, pointing them all to the Source of his deep joy. He’s home, now. We will all miss him so.

    The old Fanny Crosby hymn comes to mind:

    ‘Safe in the arems of Jesus. Safe on His gentle breast. There by His love o’er shaded, sweetly my soul shall rest. Hark! ’tis the voice of angels, Borne in a song to me, Over the fields of glory, Over the Jasper sea….Your safe, now. Safe in the arms of Jesus”

    We love you all and hold you close in our hearts and prayers. May Jehovah Shalom extend His Gentle Hand to shade you as you hold each other close.

    Into His Keeping,

    Jack Haye

  26. gina lang

    I have been friends with Kijsa (Daughter of Whale) and Brad, her husband, for more than 15 years and I am fortunate to have met “Little Dad” on several occasions but even more fortunate to hear so many stories. I was raised by a single-mom so often I listened to stories of Kijsa’s Dad and dreamed that my children would have a “Little Dad” like Kijsa’s. The blessing is that my kids do have an amazing Dad but I feel sure that he and all other Dad’s out there could take the Son Of Whale “Little Dad” course and learn so much.
    Mark, what an amazing gift to your dad, your family and all of us — thank you for doing this blog. I have been reading and am in awe of such a faithful and loving family. I am closer to God and prayers this week because of your Dad and this testimony.
    There is a song that I believe exemplifies what your family is doing as believers. It is called “Press On Believers” by Robinella, one of my favorite folk artists. Here’s a link to the song:
    http://play.rhapsody.com/robinella/solaceforthelonely/presson?didAutoplayBounce=true

    It will probably make you cry but not more than you have already cried. Love to your family, Gina.

  27. charlie new

    Sweet Presley family- As I have prayed for you this week, I have been so thankful to God for the Presley name. In the city of McKinney the Presley name is associated with excellence, integrity, faith, family. What a reflection of God’s glory to the community! In a day and age where family name and reputation is downplayed, your Dad and your entire family have been such an example!
    One of my favorite poems is by John Donne. I immediately thought of it when I learned of your Dad’s earthly passing into the hands of God. … No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell toll; it tolls for thee…
    The FBC family and the city of McKinney has lost such a valuable part of its identity. We grieve with you in this hour.
    I am so sorry we cannot be there for the memorial as we have had a family reunion planned for six months. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Thank for sharing your most intimate moments with us. In Him, Valerie New

  28. Deborah Hill

    I’m so saddened by your loss. I worked in Continuing Education and had to work with Dean Presley to schedule lab time for my science classes. He was always so supportive of the Homeschool Connection program and what we were trying to do with teens.

    Two weeks ago, my 18 yo son and I met with Dean Presley to ask him to help with a science class we’re trying to transfer to UT Austin. He cheerfully wrote the letter, joked with us, gave my son lots of advice (I loved him for that!), and was so gracious. His response to our personal request reminded me why I liked working with him so much. I will miss him greatly.

    Your family will be in my prayers!

    Deborah Hill

  29. I do not know you, but am a reader of your sister’s blog. As a mother of three sons, may I say to you, that your dad would be very proud with the way you have cherished his memory and made him ‘real’ for those who do not know him. I would be proud if my sons conducted themselves with the same grace and dignity as you have during this trying time. God is good…all the time. He will give you what you need to get through these next days. Lean on Him. God bless your whole family.

    Tonja Owens

  30. Linda Freer

    I am so sad that your dad, husband (Anne), and grandfather was taken from your family and from all who knew and loved him. As I am praying for your family, I am so very thankful to have known him and Anne and your family. He will always continue to live in our hearts because he truly showed the love and care of God. Our whole family loves him and your family. He truly impacted our lives.
    Lindsey heard and called and emailed the website today. I told Ryan and he, too, said how precious Mark was to him.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you and comfort you and give you peace.
    Love, Linda

  31. Mike and Tina Phillips

    Please know that we grieve with you today, but also rejoice knowing that Dr. Mark is in the presence of the Savior. “I can only imagine” (as the song says) what he is experiencing “surrounded by His glory”.
    And for the family, He has promised His grace is sufficient. We can’t say we have experienced such a seemingly, untimely loss, but our Father can. He knows your pain, feels your emptiness, and longs to carry you through.
    We love your family and continue to lift you up.
    Peace to you all,
    Tina and Mike

  32. Mark,
    As I was sitting here reading your entries from today with tears running down my face, something hit me and I had to smile. All week I have been thinking, and selfishly so I guess, that it was a shame that your dad was not in a local hospital so we all could visit him and love on each of you. What made me smile is the perfect plan that God had all along, for your family to have that precious, private time with your dad to love him and to love each other! What an amazing God we serve!! Our entire Sexton family will continue to lift your family up in prayer as you prepare to live life on earth without your father. But he has given you all the skills you will need and he will live on in the hearts of us all. Please give you mother a long hug from me. I’m thinking of her constantly.
    Much love to you all,
    Pam Sexton and family

  33. Tate and Stephanie Troyer

    Dear Presley’s,
    We are so sorry for your loss, but “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We know that your dad loved the Lord and we rejoice that he is with our father in Heaven. We will continue to pray for your family during this difficult time.
    Much love,
    Tate and Stephanie Troyer

  34. Kacie Krug

    To say I am sorry for your loss seems insufficient when reading what your dad means to you. So I will simply say nothing, and I will hope that in my silence I can express my tears and grief for your family.
    Kacie Krug

  35. Becky Fisher

    Preseley Family,

    Uncle Mark wore such an amazing smile, showing the world how much he enjoyed every second of his life. It was a smile that shed light on everyone else around him. But it went beyond just ‘a smile’. Uncle Mark was a man that impacted every life that came before him in a way that no one will ever forget.

    When i was a little girl i remember attending several family parties on Saggy Beach. I would never look forward to attending these events because it was a time for all the adults to get together and chat. However, Uncle Mark had a charm about him that would allow me to enjoy these events. He would make a point to sit at the kids dinner table, or come play with me outside, or offer to take me to the beach. Whatever it was, he just wanted everyone to be happy…and he succeeded.

    I am so glad that i was able to share many moments with Uncle Mark; a man of happiness, wisodom, love, and laughter. It is not everyday you meet someone like Uncle Mark and i am blessed that he will be with me and our entire family for eternity.

    My thoughts are with you all!

    Love,
    Cousin Becky

  36. Elaine Hanford

    Dear Presley family and all who cherished Mark,
    My heart is filled with sadness and prayers for all knew Mark and whose lives were touched by his enthusiasm, friendship and faith. Life without him will not be the same.
    I had the privilege of working with Mark, teaching geology at Eastfield, when my own father passed away in 1994. With Mark’s caring and support, I was able to know that the loss that I felt was a measure of how important my father was in my life. So too with Mark…the thoughts and prayers and stories related here by so many who knew and loved him attest to how important Mark was to us all.
    So many memories, but the most vivid were from the field trip to England and Wales … and Mark making one more circle on the round-about so we could all really appreciate the geologic cross-section tiled along the motorway!!
    May your faith help you through this very difficult time and may Mark’s spirit continue to guide you…
    My prayers and love to you all,
    elaine

  37. DR. PRESLEY IS A GREAT MAN. I LOVE HIM AND I AM GLAD THAT I TOLD HIM SO. I RESPECT EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM AND YOUR FAMILY. HE HAS HELPED AND CHANGED MANY LIVES AND I PRAY THAT HE WILL STILL BE A GAURDIAN ANGEL THAT WILL LIVE WITH US AND CONTIUE TO NURTURE AND PROTECT US. I HAVE A CHILD THAT WILL BE BORN INTO THIS WORLD IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND IF IT IS A BOY HE WILL CARRY THE NAME OF MARK. YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT AN EFFECT YOUR DAD HAD ON PEOPLE BUT YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE FULL EFFECT BECAUSE IT CANT BE SPOKEN IN WORDS AND YES YOUR FATHER IS A GREAT MAN AND I PRAY THAT ONE DAY I CAN REACH THE MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE AND SHARE THE GREATNESS YOUR FATHER SHARED WITH ME AND MANY OTHERS.

  38. David

    God saved a wretch like me. Dr. Presley was an inspiration to me in my decision to turn my life over to the care of God. I was a sinner drugs and alchool had taken over my life Dr. Presley helped me to turn my life around. Today i am a Christian and I am saved . Life is hard and short but heaven is an eternity. We will all miss you DR.Presley. My
    prayers today will be focused on the family of a man that was so good and kind always with a kind word and a smile that he never knew a stranger and he had great influence in the teaching of Jesus Christ our savior you will be truly missed.

  39. David

    God decided ahead of time to choose us through christ according to his plan,which makes everything work the way he intends.

  40. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
    Blessings,
    Donna

  41. Alex

    Hello,

    As we left church today Chris reminded us of your dear father and blessed husbands passing. As i am sitting here crying reading these blogs I truely know that you guys are such a blessed family. You have impacted and changed more peoples lives more than you can ever know. Having your mom as a teacher was scary and some days dreaded ha but in the end she knew what she was doing just as God does..
    you are all in our prayers and you are all very loved.

  42. Ginger Allen

    Son of Whale and the Presley family,

    Oh, what a crowning halo our Father gave to you in seeing that you had an exquisite example of how a man teaches a son to love, support and strengthens his “POD”. Back in 1963, my Mother, sister and I took my Grandmother around on a Sunday night to see all her children. School was beginning the next day, but my mother never said a word about the hour getting to be late. Later, I ask why she didn’t, she said that was something her Mother wanted to do so she did it. She honored her Mother! During the night we got the call that my grandmother had been rushed to Baylor. She to had a stroke in the same place of the brain as your father did… my family’s from McKinney and the First Methodist Church downtown. I go to school and work at EFC, where the sun shines the brightest.
    May the Lord hold each of you in his hands till you are home again.

    My heartfelt sympathy
    G.Allen

  43. We attemded a wedding in May and had the privilege of seeing Mark there. As always, he acted delighted to see us. I remember our conversation very vividly. I told him what a wonderful job that Mark Jr. had done of video-streaming our program’s graduation and what an amazing ministry he was achieving. Dr. Presley remarked, “Who would have known how much easier the “Great Commission” would become in the 21st century?” Now we are seeing the far-reaching influence of one man’s very remarkable life through his own testimony and his legacy.
    Ever since we heard the news of Mark’s illness, you all have been constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in a special way in this time of great loss and emptiness. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. With great sympathy and love to you all, Florene and James West

  44. Vee~A Haven for Vee

    My heart is so full with love and concern for you all right now. Take good care of each other. God is very near to the brokenhearted and I trust you all to His care.

    Gentle hugs,

    Vee (A reader of Kari and Kijsa’s blog)

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