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Mark Thomas Rushing, age 68

Mark Thomas Rushing, 68, of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on November 30, 2023. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on April 13, 1955.

Mark played sports in Junior High and high school and enjoyed football, baseball, and tennis. He continued his education completing his first year at Washington and Lee University, then graduating from The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with his Bachelor of Psychology. Mark moved on to do his graduate work at the University of West Virginia and graduated with a PHD. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Mark is preceded in death by parents Jack L Rushing and Marjorie Rushing.

Mark is survived by his sister Nancy Lee Rushing-Smith; his nieces Tonya Lee Book and Ashley Amber Book; his great nieces and nephews Summer Cash, Alex Cash, Adriyanna Michelle Lee, Savannah Lauren Collins, and Autumn Kelm; and many friends and extended family.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Scott Schuh Posted December 4, 2023 5:00 PM

    So glad I reconnected with Mark over the last couple of years. Now free of pain and the troubles of this world. RIP old friend.

  • Nancy Rushing Smith Posted December 4, 2023 5:05 PM

    Mark and I were best friends when we were young. He taught me how to play chess when he was 6 years old and won every time. Rest in peace Little Bro. I love you.

    • Julie R Preddy Posted December 5, 2023 9:56 AM

      Thinking of you, Nancy, with much love.

    • Karen Keopple Posted December 10, 2023 2:24 PM

      Prayers for Nancy and the family. So sorry to hear of Marks passing.

    • Karen Keopple Posted December 10, 2023 3:08 PM

      Nancy so sorry to hear of Marks passing prayers for you and the family.

    • Richard Forbess Posted December 10, 2023 8:36 PM

      Thank you so much Nancy for taking such good care of Mark during his declining health. You are a real trooper and a “true human”. With much love and respect for you, Richard Forbess

  • Hank van Rossum Posted December 4, 2023 6:55 PM

    Farewell Mark

  • Beverly Scott Knapp Posted December 5, 2023 7:04 AM

    So sad to hear about Mark. I knew him well a LONG time ago…when we were 14! He was a movie star handsome and such a great athlete. Every girl’s crush. Rest in Peace and Love old friend.

  • Kenny Scott Posted December 5, 2023 12:34 PM

    From Brady Elementary School to roommates at UofA Fayetteville.
    Great adventures and Long laughs.
    Farewell my Friend Peace,Kenny Scott

  • Angela Taylor Posted December 5, 2023 5:32 PM

    So very sorry Nancy. I know he is out of pain; however, it is never easy. Love you and always here for you

  • Horace Springer III Posted December 6, 2023 7:37 AM

    Didn’t know Mark well but we were members of the football team at Parkview High School .I remember him because he returned after he graduated to visit with Coach Goodwin .I followed that example and did the same .Never forgetting to return to say thanks like he did .Rest now in Gods hands teammate .

  • Gary Gaines Posted December 6, 2023 7:03 PM

    Knew and appreciated Mark a long time. Bright and funny, a real interesting fellow. All who knew him will miss him.

  • Ashley Book Posted December 7, 2023 1:26 AM

    Uncle Mark was the coolest! He was super smart, made the best homemade dishes, gave the best presents, and was fun to be around, especially during the holidays. I am sad he is no longer with us, but I am relieved he isn’t suffering and in pain anymore. He will be missed!

  • Andy Berry Posted December 7, 2023 8:46 AM

    He was loved by his teammates and friends. He had the type of quiet leadership that inspired. I wore the 41 jersey because of him.

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