From humble beginnings, a brilliant, inquisitive mind, a drive for learning, a will to achieve, to grow, to succeed, to give back in knowledge, skills, time and treasure; a unique man of many accomplishments, passed into the hands of our Lord on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at his home in Austin, Texas. His wife, Tina, was by his side, holding his hand and loving him through his journey to peace.
Born on Feb. 12, 1949, to Elva Lee Rankin and Trammell Randolph Davis in Dalton, he was a loving husband and father, global business executive, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was proceeded in death by his mother, his father and brother, Robert.
He is survived by his loving wife, Tina; and his children, Mark Jr. (Melanie) of Atlanta, Elizabeth Michellene of Charleston, S.C., and Gryfuth Conner of Austin.
He will be missed by his brother Terry (Judith); his sisters, Carol Putnam (Putt) and Donna Braud, all of Dalton; his brothers, Trammell (Nancy), David (Joy) of McKinney, Texas.
He was an BBA and an MBA graduate in the top 5 percent of his class in finance and accounting from the University of Georgia and the Terry School of Business. A CPA both in Georgia and New York as well as a degree in MAC Counseling from St. Edwards University, he gave impetus to a career spanning firms focused upon financial consulting, energy development and technology.
Having honed his skills in several financial positions of import, Mark employed his global entrepreneurial knowledge and abilities as controller of U.S. sales, service and marketing; vice president of operations, vice president of finance, Europe; vice president of finance, Americas; vice president of finance, worldwide product development; vice president of worldwide information services for the Dell Computer Corp.
Following his retirement from Dell, Mark employed his broad-based executive background and expertise as a partner in Stanhope Consulting. Spanning industries in home health care, consumer equipment, software and computer technology, Mark shared his love of entrepreneurship, finance, business acumen and strategic skills to assist entrepreneurial companies by contracting to them as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and vice president of operations.
Believing that one must give back to the community, Mark volunteered his time and shared his abilities to become president and treasurer of Family Eldercare as well as president and treasurer of Lyons Garden, low-income housing for the elderly.
He also joined the board of directors of The Mitte Foundation to, over time, become treasurer of the foundation.
Mark was a passionate academic always learning. His love and knowledge of history, science, language and every subject ever translated into the written word was boundless. His children embody his gifts, his heart and were an endless source of pride and adoration.
The love of his life was his wife of 13 years, Tina. She brought Mark such happiness, neverending laughter, unconditional love and joy. Together, with their beloved dogs, Enzo and Isabella, they loved and lived a life of adventure on a narrow slice of time.
Memorial services will be in Austin, Texas, date and location pending. A private family memorial will also be in Dalton.
Letters of remembrance are appreciated and should be sent to email@example.com.
Arrangements under the care of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, Texas, 78749, (512)892-1172.
Published on June 10, 2017