July 3, 2024
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.





Mark Allison Woody, 56, of Morganton, NC, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 26, 2024, just two days shy of his 57th birthday.

Born in Burke County, NC on June 28, 1967, he was the youngest son of the late Paul Woody and Sarah “Sadie” Small Woody.

Mark was truly one of a kind. He was blessed with a remarkable sense of humor and the gift of powerful persuasion. He was a complex, often complicated person who was both quick-witted and disarming. Mark was an avid trail rider on vehicles of all types, including jeeps, motorcycles, and ATVs. When he wasn’t working on one of his many toys, he could often be found participating in motorcross events on either motorcycles or ATVs, or jeeping with friends off a beaten path.

Mark is survived by his brother, Brian Woody; nieces, Lisa Herman and Lori Callahan Hawkins; and several great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Woody Vail.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at Sossoman Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date with Rev. Ronnie LaFevers officiating.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Mark’s former wife, Thressia Parlier Benfield for all the love and care she gave to him, and their children and grandchildren that made his heart happy. They would also like to express their appreciation for the outpouring of care, concern, and prayers during this time.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Brian, My heart goes out to you and your family as you navigate through the sorrow of Mark’s passing.


Well our journey began when I was 12 you were 14, my first real crush. You told me I was too young for you. I remember when my dad ran you and Lennie off from his house. My mom would bring me to Starlight FC once a week so I could see you. I would hang out at Video Village to see you. We went out in high school for a bit and always remained friends. I won a stereo from Mac’s TV and you installed it you also helped put in my Sunroof in my bug at Mark Tews. You broke my heart when you got married the first time!! We started our thing again in 2014 and lived at the beach for 8 years. We had our share of ups and downs. You with several surgeries and my broken ankle. We worked all the time to much really. We spent thousands of hours on the phone. We ran a store for 3 years while you still worked on cars. You were a jack of all trades and a master of nothing you would say. You were doing construction as well and could fix absolutely any and everything. You never met a stranger and loved talking which is funny cause you used to be quiet and shy. You were happy by little things by the way Arby’s has potatoe cakes back and Crab Legs are on sale. I hope you find the slushy cups you were looking for last week. You were the pickiest eater ever!! One of the happiest days you had was when your granddaughter friended you on FB. Im so happy that you got to spend time with her and your great grandkids before you left this earth. I know your now in peace and pain free. You missed your mom so much I’m glad your now reunited with her. You are truly missed. Your saying was you would love me till the end of time. You taught me what unconditional Love is and I’ll always be thankful. Till we meet again Marcus may you rest in peace. I’ll keep you in my heart and in my memories forever !! You were and will always be loved!!!

—Carmen Rogers

Grew up with mark, riding trails on BMX bikes, or working on cars. You will be missed my 'ole friend

—Richard (Ricky) Odom

One of the absolute great ones gone way too soon. Proud to call you one of my greatest and closest friends for over 30 years. Rest easy, my friend.

—Heath Browning

Mark you were my husband David’s friend for over 30 years . I met you almost 20 years ago . You were one of David’s first friends I met . We shared a lot of funny stories during that time . Thank you for always being a friend to us and for everything you did for David over the years. You will be missed lots

—Candice Smith

I'm going to miss out almost daily phone conversations and really going to miss all the texts. You were an awesome friend through most of my life from elementary to the day you passed. It won't be the same now that you're gone. Thank you for being the caring, loving, kind friend you were. You will truly be missed. Fly high my friend until we meet again. Love you always.

—Terri Taylor
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RIP my friend ❤️

—Alisha Cubitt Pullen

Mark was one of my few best friends for 30 years. You will be missed my brother. Rest in peace.

—David smith

So sorryyyy. Mark was a fire to many. I got to know him through my bfff Johnna. She too sends her deepest sympathies. Prayers for family and friends. Rip Mark.

—Connie Powell

So very sorry for your loss. Thinking about your family.

—Gina Whisnant