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Mr. Mark Anthony Suttles, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia and formerly of Albany, Georgia departed this life on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Grady Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church parking lot, 400 Pine Avenue, Albany, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, 200 Cotton Avenue, Albany, Georgia.You may sign the guestbook or send condolences to the family by visiting Meadows' website at www.meadowsofalbany.com. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
*** Facemasks and social distancing will be required to ensure the safety of attendees.***


Mark Anthony Suttles was born in Albany, GA, to the late Fred (Doc) Suttles and Minnie (Washington) Suttles on June 18, 1974. He was the third of their four children. Mark was a man of God who was steadfast in his faith. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend H. B. Johnson.

Mark was educated in the Dougherty County Public School System and graduated from Westover Comprehensive High School in 1993. Mark’s foundation for love and leadership was established during high school when he met Lashane and joined Distinguished Delegates of Brotherhood. The Distinguished Delegates of Brotherhood was a Junior organization founded with the intention of encouraging young men in the community to steer clear of drugs and illegal activity while remaining positive as they prepared for college. This organization bonded young men together in order to mold them into community leaders. They learned the importance of teamwork and healthy competition by engaging in talent shows and performing at step shows.The members of the organization remember Mark as always being consistently genuine and gentle.

Upon graduation from high school, Mark went on to pursue his post-secondary education at Albany State University, earning both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 2005 and 2011, respectively.

Mark’s father was an indomitable influence in his life; it was his mother’s professional footsteps in which he elected to follow. As his older sister and brother had done before him, Mark, too, became an educator. His career began in the Dougherty County School System, where he worked for more than eight years before moving to Atlanta, where he joined the Clayton County School System. At the time of his death, Mark was employed as a Special Education Teacher, Head Football Coach, and Head Track Coach at Riverdale Middle School. In 2019, Mark’s leadership led the Riverdale Middle School’s track team to a championship. In 2020, with the coaching staff of the Riverdale junior varsity football team, Mark helped to lead the team to a championship.

In addition to being an educator and award-winning coach in the school system, Mark engaged in the community in order to amplify his impact on the lives of children. For the past six years, with the exception of 2020, Mark coached at the University of Georgia’s Kirby Smart Football Summer Camp. Also, Mark erected a company, M. A. Suttles, Inc., wherein he tutored and advocated for students with developmental delays and disabilities. He wanted to ensure that this underserved population of youth had access to the necessary accommodations required for them to be successful. In order to reach higher heights with the efforts of M. A. Suttles, Inc., and connect to viable, expansive resources, Mark participated in the HOPE Global Form as a designee for several consecutive years.

For Mark, positively impacting young people was not just a job; it was a calling. This was evident by his own words found in the professional description section of his LinkedIn profile, “I have a special love in my heart to motivate and inspire students,” and that is exactly what he did! When Mark was motivating and inspiring students, he was certainly in the groove of grace. Not only did he motivate and inspire students, but all whom he encountered.

As a trusted confidant amongst his peers, he was a warm, welcoming listener who spoke life to all he encountered. Mark was also a passionate advocate for the African-American community, lending his voice to worthy causes and serving as a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP. Understanding that charity starts at home, when Mark’s father was inducted into the GA Radio Hall of Fame in 2019, he served his family by accepting the posthumous honor, along with his mother. Mark delivered a poignant acceptance speech on behalf of his family. There to cheer him on was his wife, Lashane.

More than 20 years after their initial meeting, Lashane and Mark reconnected while Mark was visiting Atlanta. The rekindling of their interest was soon set ablaze, and the couple became inseparable. One year to the day after reconnecting, the two were married at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on July 26, 2014. Mark was a loving husband who enjoyed a very full life with Lashane. Some words Lashane used to describe Mark are caring, nurturing, and accommodating. A die-hard 49ers fan, Mark did not let the fact that Lashane is a die-hard Falcons fan come between them. This friendly competition was actually the impetus of some very fond memories. Mark and Lashane traveled to San Francisco to experience their teams facing off in the very last game played at the Candlestick Park Stadium, then returned the following season for the first 49ers game in the new Levi’s Stadium when they played the Atlanta Falcons. Lashane and Mark loved traveling, and Mark’s favorite destination was Las Vegas.

Mark was a leader in every role he took on, including husband. He encouraged their participation in organizations to strengthen their union. Grounded in faith, Mark and Lashane nourished their union at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Mark participated in the Nation of Jesus Men’s Ministry. It was in this ministry that he met Deacon Kenneth Johnson, who became a brother in Christ and mentor. Mark and Lashane engaged in the “Give It All You’ve Got” Marriage Ministry led by Deacon Johnson and his wife, Susan. Even in times of leisure, Mark was aware of the importance of surrounding himself with other faith-filled couples to aid in maintaining a strong marital bond. As such, Mark and Lashane were crew members of Black Love & Marriage, a community of strong, Christian couples who traveled and championed each other.

Leaving an everlasting impact on everyone he touched, Mark transitioned the morning of February 10, 2021, in Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by his father: Fred “Doc” Suttles, and sister: Angela Denise Suttles. Mark leaves to cherish his memories: a dedicated wife: Lashane K. (Shaw) Suttles; his children: Marika Suttles, Kendall Bell, Markisha Suttles, Mark Anthony Suttles, Jr., and Rapture K. Vaughn; mother: Minnie (Washington) Suttles; siblings: Darlene Suttles (Gary) Davis and Frederick E. (Lisa) Suttles; mother-in-law: Linda Shaw; father-in-law: Sam Shaw III; brothers-in-law: Moncrief Shaw and Terrance Taylor-Shaw (Merlinda); sisters-in-law: Stacy Shaw- Grant (Christopher) and Adrian Shaw; and a host of other relatives, as well as friends, church members, colleagues and beloved students.

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  • Thursday, February 11, 2021
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    Big Mark, your heart was just as your loving & large as your personally. A giant, caring, kind and compassionate spirit like yours can never be duplicated. Take your test among the Angels, as you were certainly an Angel on earth to many. Continuous Prayers for all of the family & friends. Prayerfully, Tonya McDuffie & family 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽
    ~ Tonya McDuffie   Albany, GA
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    Big Mark, your heart was just as loving & large as your personality. A giant, caring, kind and compassionate spirit like yours can never be duplicated. Take your rest among the Angels, as you were certainly an Angel on earth to many. Continuous Prayers for all of the family & friends. Prayerfully, Tonya McDuffie & family 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽
    ~ Tonya McDuffie   Albany, GA
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    Big Mark, your heart was just as loving & large as your personality. A giant, caring, kind and compassionate spirit like yours can never be duplicated. Take your rest among the Angels, as you were certainly an Angel on earth to many. Continuous Prayers for all of the family & friends. Prayerfully, Tonya McDuffie & family 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽
    ~ Tonya McDuffie   Albany, GA
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    My thoughts and prayers are with your mother, wife, children and siblings. ???? Love your Moore & Washington family.
    ~ Lori (Moore) Standberry   Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Mark, I am still trying to process not being able to talk to you as we would do weekly. I remember like it was yesterday day that one we became friends I would always be there for you no matter what was heavy on your heart at the time of our conversation at the men meeting. I know you had the true love for your kids and I was so impressed to know a man loved his kids the way you did. I know obstacles prevented some things not to occur and I told you to never give up because god was in control. I remember the day you to me that you were in communication with your kids again which brought tears of joy because I saw the joy in you and heard it from you voice when you spoke of the day it occurred. Thanks for being a true man of god and a true friend and brother. I will miss you dearly. To god be the glory.
    ~ Kenneth Johnson   Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Mark, I am still trying to process not being able to talk to you as we would do weekly. I remember like it was yesterday day that one we became friends I would always be there for you no matter what was heavy on your heart at the time of our conversation at the men meeting. I know you had the true love for your kids and I was so impressed to know a man loved his kids the way you did. I know obstacles prevented some things not to occur and I told you to never give up because god was in control. I remember the day you to me that you were in communication with your kids again which brought tears of joy because I saw the joy in you and heard it from you voice when you spoke of the day it occurred. Thanks for being a true man of god and a true friend and brother. I will miss you dearly. To god be the glory.
    ~ Kenneth Johnson   Atlanta, GA
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    Big Mark your smile will be missed here on earth. You are the first family member that I have lost fighting the battle of COVID. I am praying for our family during this time, and our country during this pandemic. Shane, Aunt Minnie, Freddie, Lisa, Darlene, Gary, and Mark's Children and extended family stay as strong as you possibly can during this most difficult time. Cousin Mark kiss my mommie for me. You were the biggest teddy bear and I was proud of your accomplishments. Your big cousin D'Andrea
    ~ D'Andrea L. Price   Atlanta, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Mark was a wonderful person. I had the privilege of working in the same building with him for years and on the same team for seven and one-half months. My condolences to the family for your loss of a love one!
    ~ Linda P Owens   Forest Park, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Heaven has gained another Angel! My Thoughts and Prayers are with the family!
    ~ Lavinia Burks   Kennesaw, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    What a joy to have worked alongside such a caring individual of students. Your support and kindness will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences from my family to yours.
    ~ Sherry Nance   McDonough, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Mark, I am still trying to process not being able to talk to you as we would do weekly. I remember like it was yesterday day that once we became friends I would always be there for you no matter what was heavy on your heart at the time of our conversation at the men meeting. I know you had the true love for your kids and I was so impressed to know a man loved his kids the way you did. I know obstacles prevented some things not to occur and I told you to never give up because god was in control. I remember the day you to me that you were in communication with your kids again which brought tears of joy because I saw the joy in you and heard it from you voice when you spoke of the day it occurred. Thanks for being a true man of god and a true friend and brother. I will miss you dearly. To god be the glory.
    ~ Kenneth Johnson   Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Mark, I am still trying to process not being able to talk to you as we would do weekly. I remember like it was yesterday day that once we became friends I would always be there for you no matter what was heavy on your heart at the time of our conversation at the men meeting. I know you had the true love for your kids and I was so impressed to know a man loved his kids the way you did. I know obstacles prevented some things not to occur and I told you to never give up because god was in control. I remember the day you to me that you were in communication with your kids again which brought tears of joy because I saw the joy in you and heard it from you voice when you spoke of the day it occurred. Thanks for being a true man of god and a true friend and brother. I will miss you dearly. To god be the glory.
    ~ Kenneth Johnson   Atlanta, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    Prayers for my sister Lashane and the Suttles family. Rest easy Mark. You are among the ancestors.
    ~ MONCRIEF BERNARD SHAW   MARYSVILLE, WA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    Rest Mark,Your spirit will always be in the hearts of the lives you touched.My Sincerest Condolences to the Suttles family. Prayfully, Sara mcduffie Britton
    ~ Sara Mcduffie Britton   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    Mrs. Suttles, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I will continue to keep you and Rapture in my prayers. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.~ Psalms 34:18
    ~ Tiffani McGee   Mcdonough, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    RIP 49ers. We are really going to miss you. My friend!!!!!
    ~ Doc and Taloria Maddox   Jonesboro, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    My prayers to the entire family. RIP Mark. WHS C/O91
    ~ tanyon lakes burke   albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    LaShane and family, we love you and want you to know that you have our deepest sympathy. Please know that we will continue to pray for your strength and comfort. We also pray that you will understand God's perfect will. Uncle David and Aunt Shirley
    ~ David and Shirley Barnes   Leary, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mark, you will be missed! I have the pleasure of working with you at Riverdale middle school and you were always a team player and a great supporter. My prayers are with your family, your students, and friends. Rest In Peace!
    ~ Kenneth Scott   McDonough, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mark, you will be missed! I have the pleasure of working with you at Riverdale middle school and you were always a team player and a great supporter. My prayers are with your family, your students, and friends. Rest In Peace!
    ~ Kenneth Scott   McDonough, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mrs. Suttles, My family are I are praying for your strength during this difficult time. To his children, Love each other like your father loved you.
    ~ Wanda Davis   Stockbridge, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mrs. Suttles I am so so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. I continue to pray for you and Rapture. May God bring you peace!
    ~ Angelica Marchionne   FAYETTEVILLE, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mark was genuinely nice guy and a good friend since our days at Friendship Baptist, Prayers out to the entire family!
    ~ Al McKendrick   Albany, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Mark was genuinely nice guy and a good friend since our days at Friendship Baptist, Prayers out to the entire family!
    ~ Al McKendrick   Albany, GA
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    I want to add my condolences to LaShane and the family for your loss. Looking at Mark, he and you are my kind of people - Love sports and God fearing. May God be with you as you grieve this loss.
    ~ Mattie R Wright   Albany, GA
  • Monday, March 8, 2021
    Love You Always!!
    ~ Jennifer West   Albany, GA