Mark Lewis Richardson

  • Born: April 6, 1984
  • Died: March 23, 2012
  • Location: Tampa, Florida

Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Terrace Oaks Chapel

12690 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617

Tel. (813) 988-9200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richardson, Mark Lewis, 27, of Tampa passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012. He was a beloved and adored son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin. Predeceased by his grandma, Ellen Koch, and his uncles, Jim Koch and Stretch Wagner. They were there to greet him in Heaven. He is survived by his mother Ellen Koch and boyfriend Terry Taylor, brother; Garrett and wife Roena and his adoring nieces, Jennifer and Kaley, grandparents; Bill and Carlene Koch; Uncle Paul and Aunt Kathy, Aunt Trish and Uncle Wayne, Aunt Orsi, and Aunt Veronica, Uncle Chad and his wife Kate and their son Carson, Cousins; Andrew, Abby, Molly, Kyle, Matthew, Cynthia, Bianca, Jimmy, Billy, Shannan, and Michael, and Aunt Ethel. He had many friends, but Christian, BJ, Adam and Greg were his best. Mark was a kind and loving soul, and is now a Peace in the arms of his Lord. A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, May 18, 2012 at the family residence. Words of comfort may be expressed at

Condolence & Memory Journal

I miss you more everyday! You had an amazing impact on my soul !

Posted by Dawn Aul - Springhill, FL - Dear Friend   June 03, 2012


"Grant eternal rest Oh Lord,to the soul of Mark and let Perpetual light shine upon him."

My deepest sympathy to Ellen and family.

Posted by Vangie - Hudson, FL - colleague @ work   April 13, 2012



Posted by PATTI GILLETTE - NEW PORT RICHEY, FL - FRIEND   April 13, 2012

Such a loss to all who knew & loved him! The family in this neck of the woods enjoyed Mark coming along with Ellen & Terry on visits these last few years. He was such a sweet & intelligent person--a nice presence to have around. My son, Evan, & Mark had some deep philosophical talks.

What beautiful pictures, Ellen--those eyes!

Mom & I are looking forward to seeing you & Terry soon.

Posted by Sharon Harmon - Overland Park, KS - One of Terry's sisters   April 09, 2012

Ellen, I can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling right now but I pray that God will give you comfort, peace and strength. I didn't know Mark but I had heard many good things about him. I can tell how special he was to you (and to so many others) and losing him must be devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Vana Taylor - Seminole, FL   April 05, 2012

El, Garret, Dad Koch and family,
Please know that you have been in our prayers since we heard about Mark. His sweet voice, beautiful smile, kind heart will always be missed... we will never forget.
Love you, Lyn

Posted by Lynda Schulz - Murfreesboro, TN - Friend of the family   April 03, 2012


i will never forget the laughs we have had and the times you where there to help me and nick with a ride. we love and will always miss you brother. ill see you in heaven when its my turn. RIP. your friend ............ Jessica rader

Posted by jessica rader - new port richey, FL - close friend of 10 years   April 02, 2012


You and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Stephanie K. - Clearwater, FL - Friend   April 01, 2012

Mark was always so kind to me. Although he didn't need to he always made sure I made it safely to my car each night. His positivity was contagious. You always wanted to do your best for Mark. A truely wonderful human being who will be missed. Rest in peace and my sincere condolances to the family.

Posted by barb horban - Tampa, FL - coworker   March 30, 2012

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mark's death. We grew up playing basketball together and were classmates in high school. He always was so so genuine and no matter how long it'd been since you'd seen him, it was like you saw him yesterday.

Posted by Ty Gordon - Jacksonville, FL - Friend, classmate   March 30, 2012


Dear Ellen and Dad,

You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Mark was always kind and smiling with me. I send you my love.


Posted by Claudia Rosales - adopted daughter   March 30, 2012

Rest in peace Mark. I pray that I will see you again some day in heaven.

Posted by John Fallon - Tarpon Springs, FL - Friend   March 29, 2012

Dear Ellen,
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.
Love, Lucia.

Posted by Lucia Kackovicova - Tampa, FL - Friend   March 29, 2012

mark i love you and that you are with my dad in heaven i will never forget you i realy miss you thow im in the family i just whant to say i miss you and wish you were here but i know your in a better place

Posted by cousin billy - spring hill, FL   March 29, 2012

We will all miss you Mark

Posted by Chris Stacey - Murfreesboro, TN - Friend   March 29, 2012

Our hearts go out to the whole family. Our hearts are heavy. Mark will truly be missed. Gone too soon. RIP. Thank you for always making us laugh.

Posted by johnson family - tarpon springs, FL - co-worker/friend   March 29, 2012

To the entire family: I'm so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great man who meant so much to me and many others. From the first day we met, we were pretty much inseparable. He is one of those few people in life that could always bring happiness and a smile out in everyone he met. He will be missed.

Posted by BJ Thomas - Knoxville, TN - Friend   March 29, 2012


Dear Ellen:

What a lovely young man. May your entire family please accept my most sincere condolences. Mark now rejoices.

XO and prayers, Marie.

Posted by Marie Z - Tampa, FL - Ellen's PACE colleague   March 29, 2012

Ellen, I'm grateful to have been able to spend time with you and Terry tonight. I can't imagine your grief. He was a handsome young man. He is in a place now with no pain. I hope you can find your way through yours. I hope you are able to find comfort from all of us who care. Rich

Posted by Richard Morrison - Temple Terrace, FL - Friend   March 29, 2012


Ellen my condolences go out to you & you're loved ones during this very sad time. I did not know Mark very well but he seemed like a nice young man & hopefully his pain has gone away as yours will with the passing of time. Sincerely, Bill Engel.

Posted by Bill Engel - Tampa, FL   March 29, 2012

I've been thinking about Mark a lot as I remember him a very adorable toddler. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures of him when he was little and remembering him at your parents' house right before Paul and I got married. Much love to you, Ellen. I've been thinking about you constantly.

Love, Kathy

Posted by Kathy - Lexington Park, MD   March 28, 2012

I miss you so much. I will always remember the great times we had together. Your sister in law Roena and your neices Kaley and Jennifer miss you so much too. I love you brother. Rest in Peace and I'll see you again. Save a place for me brother. Love you,


Posted by Garrett Richardson - Warner Robins, GA - Brother   March 28, 2012



Posted by Angela and Rob Woodard - temple terrace, FL - friend of the mothers   March 28, 2012


Its crazy how dis world is here today gone da next. My condolences to the family. Mark you are gone but never forgotten......

Posted by Desean Sheppard - clearwater, FL - friend   March 28, 2012

There is no way to know why things happen the way they do, but it is comforting to know that God is with us in times like these.

Mark, you were very special to many, many people. You will be missed, but you have left us with the many memories of your gentleness, kindness and love for the world. We pray that those memories will sustain us, and we know they will.

May your rest this day be in peace, and your dwelling place be paradise.

Posted by Paul A Koch - Lexington Park, MD - Uncle   March 28, 2012


Dear Ellen and dad;
You know how much I love you and I am so sorry that you have to go through this. I hope you know I am here for you and will do anything you need in a heartbeat. You are in my thoughts and prayers all the time.
Love always,

Posted by Vanessa Taylor - Silver Spring, MD   March 28, 2012


Mark - you beautiful, genuine, kindhearted soul. Gone way too soon, but the kindness you brought to this world will live on forever. I wish you had more time to spread more of that love around, but God wanted you back. You will be so missed, but I know I will see you in Heaven. Rest in Peace, sweet baby. Ellen and Garrett, I send you all the prayers and strength I have in me. Plus a million hugs. Take some comfort in knowing how many people Mark touched and what a special human being he was. He was a gift for 27 years, and now he is an angel. We will see him again. I love you all.

Posted by Nancy Shields - Lancaster, NY - BFF   March 28, 2012


Marky Boy, I can only smile when I think of you because you were always smiling and I know that you are looking down from heaven and smiling now because you are at peace! You were a divine creation created by God and we don't know why but god wanted you back. You will truely be missed here on this earth! You had such a free spirit. You were like springtime a breath of fresh air, it was always a pleasure to see you, we will remember you with every breeze that blows, every flower that blooms, and every raindrop that falls! I'm sad for mom and everyone left behind only god can give them strength now to endure the pain and sadness that they are feeling; we are all praying for you and for them! I just want to thank God for the opportunity to know you and your family, I love you and your mom! Ellen my deepest sympathy and my prayers and thoughts are with you! Love ya Michaela

Posted by Michaela looper - Brooksville, FL - Friend   March 28, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. We never got to know Mark but I'm sure he was a great person and surely missed. He is with Jimmy who will be taking care of him with your mom and mine.
All our love and thoughts are with you and the entire family at this time.
Nancy and John

Posted by Nancy and John mccracken - Freeport, NY - Cousin   March 28, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about this - please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Harold M. Wilhelm    March 28, 2012

Garrett Words cannot say how I feel for you.I am so sorry to hear about Mark.We are always here for you. I wish I could take away your pain,But only God can.Someday yall will see each other again.
Love you kid

Posted by Linda Heaverin - murfreesboro, TN   March 28, 2012

Ellen and Garrett,
When Christian called me, my heart just broke...for him, for you, for all who are left behind because we will all miss Mark's sweetness. I pray that you will feel the love that is surrounding you and know that Mark made our family smile and laugh. It was an honor to be able to have him in our lives. Thank you, Ellen for sharing him. Nancy

Posted by Nancy Warren Pierce - Murfreesboro, TN - friend   March 27, 2012


Ellen and Garrett,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Mark will be missed as his awesome personality touched many lives, such as my own. Mark loved you both more than imagined. I have been blessed to have such a good friend in my life. I will be waiting for that next phone call when we meet again.
I love you Mark. You will always be with me

Posted by Christian Warren - centreville, VA - Best Friend   March 27, 2012

Im so sorry to hear about this, When garrett told me i cringed in my stomach. Garrett an Ms. Mom im so sorry for this. He has touched a lot of peoples lives through his years. he helped me a few times in school an helped me an garrett out several times. Love you all. Love Kenny Heaverin

Posted by Kenneth Lee Heaverin - murfreesboro, TN - friend   March 27, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family members left behind by such a kind person. Mark was actually a classmate of mine all the way back in elementary school at Cason Lane Academy, and was actually my first boyfriend. I will never forget our trip as a grade to L.B.L where all of our classmates and friends had such a good time. When we came back Mark and I had made it official, and would walk down the streets to each others houses and he would call me on the phone. So silly, now, but at the time it was sweet and fun. I will always remember Mark as the good looking, funny, and kind person that he was. May he never be forgotten, but instead, live as an angel among us.

Posted by Natalie Huff - Chattanooga, TN   March 27, 2012

Ellen and Garrett,
My heart breaks at the loss of Mark! He will be greatly missed and I will never forget what he meant to our family! You all are in my prayers! May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring you peace and comfort!

Posted by Courtney Warren Crittendon - Murfreesboro, TN - Friend   March 27, 2012

Mark. Gone too soon my wonderful, beautiful nephew. God only takes the good ones. I knw you are with Grandma, Uncle Jim and Uncle Stretch. They have taken you with them. Our hearts are broken. I will miss you for the rest of my life. I pray for your mother and your vrother that tehy have the strenth to get thruogh this. I only wish I could be with them. RIP my beautiful nephew. You will always be a part of me. c

Posted by Aunt Trish - Dracut, MA - Aunt   March 27, 2012

I'm so sorry for the families loss. Mark was an incredible person, and taken from us all far too soon. I spoke with him over the phone not long ago and he seemed vibrant and happy. This is truly a great loss for all his friends and family. My condolences.

Posted by Matthew Eddinger - Holiday, FL - Friend   March 27, 2012


Ellen and Garrett, my heart and prayers are with you in your loss of Mark. He has left this earth too soon but we will all rejoice in heaven with him one day.

Posted by Sybil (Stanley) Daniel - Murfreesboro, TN - Friend   March 27, 2012

Mark, a GREAT friend to have, will be in my prayers BROTHER.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

"Be strong and courageous, do not tremble or be dismayed. For the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go."-Joshua 1:9

Posted by Wilfredo Ramirez Jr - friend   March 27, 2012

My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family. Mark and my son, BJ were friends throughout high school, roommates after high school and remained friends long after. As a teenager, Mark spent alot of time at our home. I remember Mark having the sweetest smile and always making us laugh. I know he will be missed by many. So very sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Mark.

Posted by Debbie Boyce - TN   March 27, 2012

I think this is one of my mystery books , and it is not real. I've known you since birth. You always were a stinker. The most beautiful child. rambunctious, hyper. christian,loving, puppy, oh , on and on .
I will be with your Mom forever, and will help her now. stay close, talk to me. love

Posted by Jargo - FL - best friend to family   March 27, 2012

So sorry for the loss. My condolences to Mark's family. He was a sweet kid, I remember him from school years long ago.
Prayers and thoughts with you at this time.

Posted by Brandie Duke - La Vergne, TN   March 27, 2012

My heart will always contain a piece of you! TPF...i.Love and prayers to Ellen,Von and family.

Posted by Dawn - Springhill, FL - Dear Friend   March 27, 2012


So sad to hear that your gone so soon. You were loved by so many. You will be missed tremendously Mark. Gone but never forgotten!

Posted by Sheena Chandavone - Murfreesboro, TN - friend   March 27, 2012

I love you man!!!! I am at a total loss for words right now!!! You were an amazing friend to everyone!!! all My love and respect brother!! Ill see u again!!!

Posted by Stratt-Paul Dunham - Tampa, FL - Great Friend   March 27, 2012

Our funeral director and staff wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the family.

Posted by Terrace Oaks Chapel    March 26, 2012

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Some of Mark's best friends. All jumping out of a plane together. Crazy kids.
Christian and Mark

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Mark and dad on one of the vacations he went on with us. Both Angels now.
Playing in the waves with Christian. 1997 I think. The year of the jelly fish!

Life Stories

I miss you more every day. I look through the pictures and videos and see how you impacted the live of others and I am happy. I am happy that people saw you in a positive way, and that is all a mother can ask. I love you my beautiful boy. I will see you again someday.

So I've decided it is almost impossible to try to write about a single memory of someone who was such a good friend for so long. After being friends with Mark for 12+ years, there are so many memories we shared and each one is special to me. So rather than pin down a single memory, I want to just express what a great person Mark was. He was a loyal friend who would do anything for anyone in need. I know that the world has lost someone who made it a better place, whether he knew that or not. In the time we shared together, we were able to see each other through many bad times as well as celebrate the good times. It is not often that a person like that comes into your life and it truly breaks my heart that he left us so soon. There are so many things that I wish I had said, but knowing Mark I'm sure deep down he was well aware of how much he was loved. When he left Tennessee for Florida, I felt like I was losing a friend, but we always stayed in touch, and when we did see each other, it was like he never left. Having a friend like that is rare, and I will always cherish the fact that he was my friend. Mark was the kind of man that would bring a smile to everyone's face when he walked in the room. I will miss him, as I know we all will. I pray he is at peace and that I will see him again some day.

Mark and I first met in high school and have been close friends ever since. Some of the things I remember most about Mark are his constant smile and the fact that he could have a conversation with anybody (he never met a stranger). Mark had a great heart, was very generous, and was always willing to help anyone however he could; I remember him giving money to homeless people while riding in my car. Mark was also one of the wittiest and intelligent people I've ever known. We would have long debates and discussions about everything from politics to history to the legal system. We had a lot of great times together (bonfire parties in high school, Spring Break in Panama City Beach, and hanging out in the trendiest nightspots in South Tampa). One of my fondest memories of Mark was when we went to Greg's father's house in Mexico Beach for our high school spring break and stayed out past curfew. Since we got home so late, we decided we would sleep in the car and wake up before Greg's dad. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Greg's dad woke us up FIRST and was not too happy! After a brief scolding, we promised to be in by curfew and were allowed to resume our vacation. I could go on about many other memories, but that one will always stick out in my mind. I will miss Mark's friendship and know he will be missed by many others. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

I'll never forget first meeting Mark at Riverdale. I was a freshmen he was a sophmore, took me a week or so to actually get him to talk to me but once I did, we chatted, told jokes, laughed, and walked to class together on a daily basis. He was a doll, such a sweet inviting smile. Big warm heart. God just had BIGGER plans for him is all. We will meet again one day honey. You will be dearly missed. We love you and you are NEVER forgotten.

Mark and I met at Cason Lane Academy... He was the most fun loving guy ever! We will meet again in heaven! We grew up around each other and even when he moved away he would still check on me every now and again. Caring! Rest in peace darlin... So many good memories come from our neighborhood! You will always be remembered! I love you dear friend!

I'll never forget the first day I met Mark. It was RHS freshmen year...2nd period :) He was one of the nicest people in my class. He always had a warm and inviting smile. We started talking and after day 2 we became pretty good friends :) He was always someone I could count on for anything and everything from help with homework to my 2am boy issues. I love you Mark and although we hadn't talked much in the last few years you will always have a piece of my heart. Rest in Peace sweetie <3>

My first me and Mark memory was when his mom, my sister, let me take him to the store with me. He must have been about 4 or 5. I was so proud to have him with me. Anyways, I distinctly remember teaching him a song that was on the radio and my the last chorus he had it down pact. I was laughing so hard and I looked over and down at him and he had the cutest smile and the biggest eyes ever just looking up at me. Ive carried that memory with me ever since. Mark, you know what song im talking about and when I hear it again, I will know without a doubt that you are looking down from Heaven at me and I will be blessed. I love you!!!!

marky was the best cousin ever i remmember wheni would come over and he would give me a huge and i would give him a realy big one he was the bast person you could meet i would talk to him about my dad stretch wagner who was there to bring marky to heaven i wish he was here love you marky r.i.p love you always

Mark was a staple in my Florida life for many years, and again in my visits in recent times. Living in the same house with my dad and Ellen, we all quickly became family. The thing that always struck me most about him was that he was an incredible artist; there was always some kind of drawing lying around and I couldn't help but be in awe of those sketches! This past Christmas he gave me one covered with symbols and words of peace and love, ideals that always were expressed in his art and ones I'm sure were dear to his heart. Rest in peace and in love, Mark.

I knew mark through my mother nancy who is good fiends with Ellen! I remember going to Florida to visit him a few years ago, he drove me around in his white jeep and made me feel like we were brothers. When I heard this news my heart dropped! Mark has an effect on people that not many people have, he touches you as if he were your best friend forever. I've known him for many years and although we have been out of touch I feel like a part of me has died. His memory will love on forever in my heart.
Love always,
Josh monaco

I have so many memories of Mark! We met in 5th grade at CLA, I think evey girl, all 30 of us had a crush on him at one time or another. He became best friends with my twin brother Christian and grew to be a part of our family. He went on vacations with us and could always make you laugh. You were never a stranger to Mark. I could always count on a big hug and warm smile every time I saw him. He was an amazing person with such a kind heart! He will be greatly missed! I love you Mark, we will met again one day! Say hi to my dad for me, now you're both rejoicing with the Lord in heaven! I pray you have found peace and I pray for comfort for your family and friends left behind.

Man, where do I start??? What a all around great MAN... I met mark about 3 1/2 years ago... He was a manager at quality resources. If anybody understood how to individually help someone overcome it was Mark... Its hard to believe but this is a man who always wore the biggest smile at work or hanging out. I never seen Mark mad for any reason. All he ever wanted 2 kno was where the party was at... He truely brought the best outta everyone he was around n could make u laugh no matter how upset or angry u were... I remember a time we were out n I was about to get into it with these dudes n Mark walked up to me n said "these dudes stink bro but what would stink more is if ur beer gets warm, now that will probably blow ur night." I could do nothing more than laugh n take the beer. U will truely be missed brother! R.I.P. Mark.... I will c u again 1 day. Oh yea keep my beer cold bro, wouldnt want to get to heaven with a warm beer.... That probably wont happen as long as ur there. Always missed Never Forgotten...

You were a cry baby. Wanted Mom all the time. You wanted to find out about life and wanted to get moving , so you cried and whined. Later , you found you could get everything , with one of your smiles. ha I remember , Brown's and Bengals games. How El and I dressed you guys up ( Garrett and Lisa) as cats and dogs. . When we had family gathering, you and I would talk about Christians. I would listen to you , while every one was out at the pool . It fascinated me. You were so smart. so handsome. you had it all, except peace of mind. RIP margo

I'll never forget the first time I met Mark or every memory we shared together...the first time I met him, he was wheeling in a patient and he smiled this beautiful radiant smile with such sparkle in his eyes, he took this lovely elderly ladies hand and said this....GOD Bless you and I was so in love from that moment! Always a kind old soul interested in other human beings story of life! I'll love you always with a quiet mind.