YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. at the F D Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mr. Jeff Harrison Marks, 81, of Youngstown, Ohio who passed away peacefully at home on Saturday morning, July 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on December 19, 1932, Jeff was the son of the late Mr. Jeff Marks and Mrs. Geneva Emmabell Taylor Marks Cruz. He was reared by his grandmother, Annie MArks before relocating to the area in 1946 to attend East High School. A skilled carpenter and electrician by trade, he retired from Warren Consolidated Industries, Inc. in 1994 after 29 years of service. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1956. Upon returning he met the love of his life, Gladys L. Montgomery Marks in a movie theater in 1957. They were married on July 7, 1959 and enjoyed 53 years of marriage until her passing on June 13, 2013.
Jeff prided himself on being a jack of all trades. An avid reader, he frequented the local library to learn more about the few things he didn’t already know how to do. He was an avid gardener and grew bountiful fruits and vegetables as much for the neighbors, extended family and friends as for himself. A love for outdoors, it was nothing to see him cutting grass, building fences and anything alse hands could find to do for the neighboring community pro bono. He had strict policy against accepting any money at all in exchange for his services, especially if you were elderly or widowed. When asked what was owed for a job well done, he would scratch his beard and look up in deep thought before asking, “Uhm whenever you make one of those good ol’ pies… why don’t you bring one on over?” Jeff encouraged his family to get as much education as possible; especially about computers. ” Once you get it, no one can take it from you!” He was extremely wise and gave life advice on a regular basis. You had to listen whether you wanted to or not. Later in life he’d smile as his children and grandchildren appreciated him for his accurateness. A lifetime lover of sweets, he often scolded his wife about eating too much sugar while chowing down on the biggest piece of sweet potato or lemon meringue pie he could find.
He leaves to cherish his memory and continue his legacy; his stepfather, Engracia(Amanda) Cruz of Youngstown; his stepmother, Wilma L. Marks of Little Rock, Ark. ; two daughters, Roserine Marks-Crawford of Kansas City, Mo. and Dr. Carole L. Marks of Youngstown; two sons, Jeffrey MArks- Gilchrist of Ca. and Eric(Jacqueline) Marks of Lauderdale Lakes, Fl. ; one brother, Dr. Paul O.(Colette) Cruz of Los Angeles, Ca. ;two stepsisters Charlotte and Jacqueline Marks of Little Rock, Ark. ; ten grandchildren, Theresa Arrington, Adrienne Gilchrist, Andre’ D. Marks (whom he reared), Anjanette Heflin, Eric Marks, Rene’ Northern, Brandon Sampeur, Juanita Johnson, Joseph coleman and Stepfon Marks; one great-granddaughter, Jada Sampeur; a lifelong friend of 67 years, Clinton Harris and a host of family and friends.