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Celebrating the life of

Mark Alan Case

December 19, 1957 - November 02, 2020

Mark Alan Case

Mark Alan Case passed away peacefully on November 2, 2020 having fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.   

Mark was born and raised in Adrian, Michigan but moved to the Isle of Hope and called it home for 32 years.  He graduated from Western Michigan University then later earned a Masters and Ed Specialist degree at Georgia Southern University. Mark was well known at Oglethorpe Charter School where he worked as a Counselor and served as their Athletic Director for many years.   Mark's passion was for sports, and he was involved as a high school football referee and as a swimming referee. He served as Secretary of the Coastal Football Officials Association.  "Coach Case" loved Oglethorpe Titan's sports, and coached many community and school soccer, football, softball, basketball, and swim teams.  Mark was also very involved at St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vestry Member, Search Committee and Men's Club. 

 He was predeceased by his father Ray Arden Case.  Surviving are his wife of 33 years Paige Binns Case, his mother Donna Jean Case, daughters Chandler Arden Case and Allyn Lee Case,  sisters in law Stacie Binns Bacon (Howard), Dianne Binns Lawhorne (Greg) and two nieces Dru Lawhorne Brook and Patricia Reynolds Bacon. 

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. There will be a private burial.

Remembrances: St. Thomas Episcopal Church-2 St. Thomas Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31406, Oglethorpe Charter School Athletics-7202 Central Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31406.

 

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GUEST BOOK

Was like a brother i never had when i was young.

- Thomas L LUCAS, Clayton, Michigan


Mark has always mad me smile ever since kindergarten. I could never stay mad at him he was the best. Even if we hadn't talked in months we just picked right up where we left off. Paige and family our thoughts and prayers with you, our hearts our sad.

- Mark and Lori Dunny, Whitmore Lake, MI


I can truly say no teacher has left an Impact on my life as much as Mr Case.He was truly a stand up and made me feel special.Get your rest Mr Case

- Tyshawn Guyton, Savannah , Georgia


The best coach, mentor, counselor and a great friend. Coach Case you will be missed and never forgotten. OCS CLASS OF 2018

- Jamari Shuman, Savannah, GA


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OCS CLASS OF 2018 Sends our condolences to the family.

- JGK. Iamari Shuman, Savannah, GA


This is hard to believe

- Jamari Shuman, Savannah, GA


The Kelso family sends our heartfelt condolences to the Case family. Mark left an indelible imprint on the character of our daughters through their academic careers at OCS. His engaging personality and optimism were contagious. He truly will be missed.

- Bill, Jamie, Kristen & Madeline, Savannah, GA


Farewell to friend, neighbor and Christian Brother. We've been Blessed to have known you !!

- Lynn Z. Wardlaw, Savannah, GEORGIA (GA)


Mark was one of the most genuine men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always fun to talk with and always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are for his wonderful family, may they find peace in this time. I’ll miss him dearly and I’m sure many others will too.

- Carson Hendrix, Savannah, GA


Paige and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Mark was such a special person who truly cared for his family, friends and the students he taught (my granddaughter was one of them at OCS). It’s one thing to know that someone is a kind person and when you see him through the eyes of your granddaughter you realize that he is truly special. Please know that we will keep you in our prayers.

- Debbie Rose, Savannah, GA


Betty and I were saddened to read of Mark's passing. We remember with fondness our daughter's swimming days with SST in the 90s and Mark's fun loving ways with the children. Our prayers are with his family now and in the coming days.

- Billy S Wilson, Jr, Savannah, GA


Paige, I am so sorry to hear about Mark. I will have you in my prayers.

- Lynne Williams, Savannah, Ga


RIP Coach Case

- Ayanna Johnson, OCS Student, Savannah, GA


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Mr. Case you were an awesome guidance counselor! You were always nice to me. Ms. Paige you and your family are in my prayers.

- Lanice and Mekhi Austin, Savannah, Georgia


You have my condolence Mark will be truly be missed

- Hazel Smith, Savannah G, Georgia


I can’t explain the hurt and shock that I am in right now. Coach Case was such a great human and had such a great heart. He always made me happy when I was around him and he was always pleasant even in his not so good days. He lived life to the absolute fullest and strives to make not only himself smile but also every single person around him smile as well. He got me through my worst days and made me happy. I remember in my 6th grade year I did not have many friends. He always made me happy. He would see my in the hallway and scream my name and it was the smallest things that brightened my day. I just saw him last week at the publix that I work at. He checked on me and asked how my high school year is going. We only spoke for a little minute or two but it meant the world. I just wish it was not the last time we spoke. I miss him already. Such a great human being taken too early. I can’t even imagine the hurt you all are going through right now. But, there are so many people who are here for you all. I send all my thoughts and condolences to you guys as you make it through this tough time. Love, Lulu Cowart

- Lulu Cowart, Savannah, Ga


Way too soon for someone like to be taken from us. He was kind, funny, loyal, and fun to be around. He was a great teammate( H.S. Football). It was an Honor to call Mark my friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paige and Family. To Mrs. Case( Donna), you and Mr. Case did a fantastic job of raising Mark, you should be proud. He will be sorely missed by all. May God Bless You Mark.

- Jeff and Debbie Cochran, Henderson( Adrian), Nv( Mi)


I had the pleasure of meeting Mark at Adrian High School. He always had a smile on his face and was kind to everyone. Although we both attended WMU and moved far away, it was great to read Mark's posts on Facebook. He was always full of life and had such a positive outlook and strong faith. I am saddened at his loss, especially for his family and friends. He is an inspiration to us all.

- Barbara Miller Sanchez, Prescott, Arizona


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- Barbara Miller Sanchez, Prescott, AZ


A candle has been lit!

Mark's passing is a loss to all that knew him well. He was the neighbor that you wished you lived next to you. The co-worker that you had interaction on a daily basis. Simply, he was a great person and a good soul. I met Mark many years ago, and not seen him in a long time, but I thought of him often. For Mark let's all say Go BIG BLUE!

- J.J. Davis, Woodstock, Ga


My Sincerest condolences to Mark Case's Mother, Wife, Daughters, and friends. I want those who read this post, to know what I know and all that worked with him or coached with him, or played for him (our son Joseff) or received instruction from him or received counseling from him knew: He was dedicated to creating an OCS brand second to none as a founding member of Georgia's First Start-up Charter Middle School. He was a phenomenal teacher, an exceptional athletic director, a very knowledgeable and competitive head coach, a caring counselor, a professional colleague, and most importantly a man who put the needs of our students, parents, faculty and staff before those of his own! During his last few months when we entered each other's office to check on each other's health, he was always more concerned about my diabetic health and repeatedly begged me to take some time away from work. I informed him when he did the same, then I would do the same. We promised to pray for each other without ceasing. I honored your wishes on the day I heard of your passing. Instead, I just reflected back on the positive memories you provided all of us. Now, you have become our double rainbow in the sky! Gone, but never forgotten! Our Mightiest Titan Rest in Peace! A job well-done sir! Dr. (Coach) Kolman and family!

- Dr. Jennifer Ann Kolman, Savannah, GA


My deepest sympathies to the family. I enjoyed my friendship with Mark.

- Thomas Parrish, Sav., Georgia


Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Chandler. Love you.

- Alie & Brad Heiges, Savannah, GA


We are so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He (and your entire family) were such a positive influence for our kids (and many others). He was truly loved and respected and will be missed so much.

- The Charbonneau family, Savannah, Ga


This is such sad news. We thought the world of Mark and will forever be grateful for his involvement with Tiger's soccer career. He was a gentle giant. HE would scream at the girls when they were playing and hug them when they came off. He yelled at Tiger one game and she left in tears and Mark stopped by our house when he left the complex to talk with her. He had a true love for all the players he ever coached. I will always think of him and smile. I'm a better person because I knew him.XOXO

- Margaret and Reggie Davis, Savannah, Georgia


Mr. Case was such an amazing mentor, teacher, and friend. He made my years at Oglethorpe Charter School full of laughter, especially when he played the cowbell at assembly's. He was truly a bright light in a world full of darkness. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

- Kara Harper, Savannah, GA


My heart is with all the Case family and anyone who got to meet and know Coach Case. He was truly one of the most wonderful teachers, mentors, and coaches I have ever had the pleasure to meet and anyone who got to know him saw that. So grateful to have met an amazing soul like Mark.

- Gigi Pinault, Savannah , Ga


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Mark was such a great support person for my children at OCS as well as a great teacher and coach. He was so devoted to his students! He gave his all to make all the children he worked with better students and people. He will be sorely missed by all. Love to his family for sharing Mark with us all! He was a wonderful person and will be missed!

- Pinault family, Savannah, GA


Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, Memory Eternal!

- Thomas Maty, guyton, Georgia


Coach Case was a light in a dark room for many kids. He always brought laughter, happiness, and a good lesson with everything he did. From computer class to on the field he would always inspire you to do the best you could. Once leaving OCS he was always someone I looked back and thought of, and every time I was thankful. To the family of Coach Case, thank you for the time you shared with us with him, We knew you all meant so much to him, he would never let us forget. Prayers for you all.

- Chris Pitts, Savannah, GA


So heartbroken for his loss, Coach Case was such a loving and caring person. During OCS years he was my computer teacher and also my soccer coach but more than that he was like a second father to me. He always showed that he believed in me and that I could achieve anything. He always welcomed me and others with a hug and a smile. When I moved back to Savannah he was the first one I saw outside my family at the store and then I saw him at the gym a few months after that he discussed his cancer with me but he told me he couldnt let that defeat him or bring him down. Such a strong man he was. He will be so deeply missed. My prayers and love to his family. My family and I are thinking of y'all. Gertimus (The Mule) the 2 nicknames i was given by my Coach.

- Gertie Smulevitz, Savannah, GA


So very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing!Paige , you and your family will be in my prayers!

- Debbie DePue, Savannah , GA


My sweet Case family, I’m truly sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending so much love! My Aunt Donna I love you so very much. I wish I could hug you so tight. Rest in Heaven Mark. You are loved and will me missed very much.

- Melissa Davis, Lakeland, Florida


I am so sorry for your loss Paige. I have such fond memories of the two of you. I will always remember Mark as such a kind and gentle man. Thinking of the two of you together(and the way you met) always brings a smile to my face. I am so so sad. Lifting you and your family in prayer my friend.

- Patti Gosch, Marietta, Ga


I've known Mark as long as I can remember. Always smiling. God bless you all with peace and comfort. My Love to you all. I love and miss you Donna. Cindy Lucas Rowe.

- Cynthia L Rowe, Rome city, Indiana


Mr. Case was a very sweet man. In school he was the teacher you could always count on always bright and happy. Mr Case took pride in his students and always made sure they were on the right path. I met his mom Ms Donna such a beautiful women I see where Mr case got his beautiful spirit from. I am so saddened to hear about this . My condolences to Ms Donna and family. OCS class of 2016

- Laylah Collier, Savannah , Georgia


My prayers are with you and your family Paige! Mark was great guy and was truly dedicated to you and his career. I know he will be sadly missed by all that knew him. My God comfort you in the ways only He can.

- Robyn Quattlebaum, Sandfly, Georgia


Coach Case, you will be missed by many. You have given your love, caring and knowledge to many young people and in return these young people will always remember you, along with thei4 parents and many others who know you. Paige you and your family our in thoughts.

- Marvin and Linda Smulevitz, Savannah, GA


We are so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. He was funny, kind and inspired many children to do their best. We always enjoyed when we were around him. Chip and I are praying for you : Paige, Chandler and Allyn. ❤️

- Chip and Lisa Birch, Savannah, Georgia


I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Case’s passing. I hold many wonderful memories of him over the years through SST and summer league swim meets. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your fond memories of him will bring you peace during this difficult time.

- Courtney McCarthy Clark , Conway, AR


Great man father and friend! Prayers for Paige and the girls and family !!

- jay jaynes, St.Simons, GA


Thoughts and prayers for your family. I met Mark years ago when he was with BCBSGA. Always enjoyed talking with Mark!

- Timothy Ward, Savannah, Georgia


RIP Coach Case

- Robert Brown, Jr. OCS student Class of 2020, Savannah , GA


One of the greatest men I have ever met. Thank you for the impact you had in my life. I love you. Rest well! My prayers and condolences are with your loved ones!

- Quinton Wallace, Little Rock, AR


Paige, I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing.Mark never met a stranger. People who had children involved in swimming were always asking me if I knew Mark Case.He has left quite a legacy as both a coach and educator.

- Leslie Mills, Hazlehurst, Georgia


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Mark was an inspiration to so many. The lives he touched will change the world because of his influence. I am proud to have known Coach. Family, please know I am here if anyone needs prayers or support. Our love to all!

- Zach Gallman, Calhoun, GA


To the Case family, Please accept my sincere condolences as you deal the loss of Mark. He was such a kind and wonderful person. He had such a giving collaborative spirit and a passion for the students and education and although he was transitioned to a Counselor position and was no longer a CTAE teacher, he was always a CTAE teacher in his heart. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will live in our hearts forever! Always, Angie Lewis

- Dr. Angie Lewis, Savannah, Georgia


Paige, Chandler, and Allyn, We are so sorry for your loss. We're holding your family close in our thoughts and prayers. We're better off for having known Mark.

- Rob and Mandy Garola, Savannah, Georgia


paige and family sending love at this difficult time

- Alice Dasher, Savannah, GA


We will truly miss Mr. Case. He always treated my daughters with great kindness while at Oglethorpe Charter School and even after leaving there for high school he would see them during basketball games and still acknowledging them as his student

- Porters, Savannah , Georgia


Page Allyn and Chandler, I was so sorry to hear about Mark. I will pray for you during this time. He was a wonderful man and someone I could really admire.

- John A Barnes , Bellevue , Washington


I am sorry to hear that Mark passed. He was a gentle soul and I truly enjoyed working with him in the athletic arena.

- Lesley Corley, Savannah, Georgia


Coach Case was a very patient and kind man. I met with him many times at Oglethorpe when our two sons were there. He was truly like the older brother that I never had. He always gave good advise and was a positive thinker. My family and I will surely miss him.

- Joe Becton, SAVANNAH, GA


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My condolences to the Case family. Mark will be truly missed, but not forgotten. He was always supporting his family, students, and encouraging them to do their best in athletics, academics, and life.

- Joy Rios, Pooler, GA


Best coach anyone could ask for, Thank you for sharing such a wonderful person.

- The Young Family, Savannah , Georgia


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I will miss Mark. He has has been a true friend for over 40 years. I am grateful that we met, lived in the fraternity house together, and got together many times since then. Mark has a huge heart, was always interested in me and anyone else he was with at the time, was always passionate and upbeat. I was so impressed at his attitude and his commitment to persevere over this awful disease. He made the world a better place.


A candle has been lit!

I will miss Mark. He has has been a true friend for over 40 years. I am grateful that we met, lived in the fraternity house together, and got together many times since then. Mark has a huge heart, was always interested in me and anyone else he was with at the time, was always passionate and upbeat. I was so impressed at his attitude and his commitment to persevere over this awful disease. He made the world a better place. I am so sorry for your loss Paige, Chandler and Allyn.

- Michael Lautner, Wyoming, Ohio


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To Paige and family. My deepest condolences. I will miss my fellow Western Michigan Bronco.

- Jo Robinson , Savannah , GA


Paige, Our prayers are with you and your family. Laura and Jack

- Jack and Laura Kinzie, Savannah, GA


Paige, my heart goes out to you and your girls. So sad to hear of Mark’s battle against pancreatic cancer. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Annie Schemmel, Savannah, GA


My daughter Sarah is an alumni of Oglethorrpe Charter School. We are deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Cases passing. We send our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. Sarah and I are going to miss running into Mr. Case at Wal Mart. He is definitely one of those teachers to leave a Mark/ impression on students lives. For that he will be truly missed.

- Genean, Sarah Stevens, Savannah , GA


Paige and family we were so sorry to hear about Marks passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you . Peace be with you the Connolly family.

- Bonnie Connolly, Savannah , Georgia


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200