Mark Ellis East, 78, of Hamshire, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born on April 20, 1943, in Port Arthur, to Margarete (Auls) East and Ellis East.
Mark spent his childhood in Fannett and started working in the rice fields at a very young age. He graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School where he met the love of his life, Pamelia Jean Hopson. After serving time in the Navy, he returned home and married Pam and they remained married for over 55 years. The newlyweds moved to Baytown, Texas where Mark supported he and his new wife, by working in the oil field and ship yards. Before starting their family, Mark and Pam moved back to Hamshire and he worked as an industrial welder. After years of marriage, they welcomed their first child, Justin and within two years, Alexia completed their family. Mark and Pam raised their children in a home that Mark mostly built by hand and where they call home still to this day.
If you ever saw Mark, you saw a smile. He was smiling constantly. Mark was the definition of patient. He was loving, giving and very thoughtful. He was a wonderful cook and loved having family and friends stop by at any time to drink coffee or eat what he had on the stove. He especially loved preparing gumbo for his precious granddaughter, Eva. You’d usually find Mark, sitting in his wheelchair at the kitchen island drinking green tea and watching Fox News. He loved to wait on everyone, especially his darling, Pam.
Mark was the definition of a handyman. Justin grew up spending many hours with his dad working on cars, lawnmowers, houses, you name it, he could fix it and his legacy lives on in his son and grandsons. Children brought him tremendous joy but nothing like his grandchildren. Mark loved his title as “Paw Paw Mark”.
Mark’s faithfulness was indescribable. You could see Jesus in his eyes. He devoted many hours at his kitchen table where he studied his Bible. He would talk about Jesus at any and every opportunity given and loved his church family.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Pam (Hopson) East; son, Justin East and his wife, Mary; daughter, Alexia (East) King and her husband, Kevin; grandchildren, Ethan and Eva East; Carson Lafitte, Mason, Morgan, and Camden King, as well as many dearly loved sister and brother-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mark is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, David East, James East, and Thomas East.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Hamshire; P.O. Box 369 Hamshire, Texas 77622
A gathering of Mr. East’s family and friends will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with his funeral service beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021, at First Baptist Church Hamshire, 25304 TX-124, Hamshire, TX under the direction of Broussard’s, 134 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. At a later time, the family will gather for a graveside service with military honors at Hopson Family Cemetery, Hamshire.
Gathering of Family and Friends
- September 16, 2021
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- September 16, 2021
- 7:00 pm