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Mark Wayne Dooley

March 8, 1954 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 67)


      On October 28, after 67 years of living, Mark Wayne Dooley poured a cup of coffee for the road and set off on a new adventure. Mark is preceded in death by father Arlie Dooley, sisters Freda and Jackie, and many dear friends. Left in his notable wake are mother Mertie Dooley of Richwood, sister Daneta, and many beloved family members.

      Mark was many things in this life: mechanic, farmer, coal miner, pastor, teacher, clock maker, house finder, apple tree planter, and wordsmith. Above all, he was a devout husband and father. Mark passes the torch to his wife of 45 years, Kate Dooley (formerly Doris Peek), daughters Jennifer, Heather, and Sarah, six grandchildren including Maria Goodyear and Emmett Lynch, a smattering of grandcats, porch squirrel George, and many treasured friends. If Mark loved you once, he loves you still.

      If you recognize Mark, it’s probably because he never met a stranger. He was born in Richwood, WV, on March 8, 1954, and graduated from Richwood High School. He spent much of his life living in and around Summersville, WV, and Asheville, NC. Mark loved highways in early morning, drum circles with friends, long philosophical discussions, cracking dad jokes, collecting stories, making music, woodworking, and planting seeds.

      Mark’s dream was to plant gardens and build campsites for folks to gather. Per his wishes, his family will celebrate his life in a private jam session around a campfire at a later time. In lieu of flowers, he would want you to plant an apple tree, pour him out a bit of coffee, do someone a kindness today, and, in his own words, "have a happy."

     In keeping with his wish he will be cremated.  White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.

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