Mr. Mark Chamalian
August 15, 1969 - June 15, 2020

After complications from years of fighting multiple medical conditions, Mark Louis Chamalian died peacefully on June 15, 2020.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother Sara Jones, his stepfather Horace Jones; and his stepmother, Louise Chamalian.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his son, Marquis Chamalian of Wilmington, NC. His father Malcolm Chamalian of Mesa, AZ; two sisters, Debra Populus of Columbus, OH and Leah Wade (Shelton) of Wilmington, NC; two brothers, John Chamalian and Chuck Chamalian, both of Lincoln Park, NJ; As well as a host of blended family members, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and many good friends that will miss him greatly.
Mark was born in New Jersey on August 15, 1969. From an early age, he never met a stranger because he had such a friendly personality. He was always willing to assist friends with any task at hand. He was known in the family as the peacemaker, as he was quick to forgive. If you knew Mark, you have probably laughed at one of his jokes or seen his comedy emcee act. Mark enjoyed entertaining and making people laugh and was often described as a “fun guy”, “character”, “nut”. His mother nicknamed him “Mark-a-looney bird” Despite his worsening health condition, his sense of humor remained intact.
As a young man, he cultivated a love for God and as a symbol of his desire to live a life dedicated to Jehovah God he was baptized on July 4, 1987. Mark was eager to share his love for God with others. He enjoyed talking about what life would be like under God’s Kingdom rule, when the earth would be a paradise, and everyone will be in perfect health with nothing to cause suffering. Mark expanded his spiritual family each time he moved to a new congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When his health was better, he had the privilege to serve as a Ministerial Servant. Most recently he was associated with the Sunset Park Congregation in Wilmington, NC.
Shortly after his parents divorced, his mother relocated the family to Southern Pines, NC in July 1976. It is here where Mark attended school and built many long-lasting friendships. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1987. Soon after graduation, he moved to Wilmington, NC and developed friendship with many whom he considered as family, like his “brother from another mother”, El Jaye.
On March 5, 1994 Mark married Elizabeth Jones and two and a half years later their son, Marquis was born. This happy day quickly turned tragic when Liz died due to complications of childbirth. Despite this challenging circumstance, Mark was a proud father to a son he would love forever. After the death of his first wife, Mark married Priscilla, and they remained committed to raising Marquis as a team.
Starting from his teenage years, Mark worked many different types of jobs. He was employed as a bus driver, worked in restaurants, and as an assistant teacher for Myrtle Grove Middle School, to name a few. He was among the first employees hired when the Verizon Wireless call center first opened in Wilmington, NC. He was also an entrepreneur and throughout his life operated his own businesses from cleaning to entertaining.
Mark moved to Lincoln Park, NJ for a few years and returned to Wilmington, NC in 2019, where he resided until his death.
If you have a memory or story you would like to share with the family please email [email protected] A virtual memorial service is planned for June 27, 2020 at 4 pm

Coastal Cremations of Wilmington is serving the family.


  • Penny and Stan Smith Posted June 17, 2020 7:45 pm

    So very sorry to hear this Malcom May God grant you peace in this difficult time

  • Dale Schoenig Posted June 17, 2020 8:30 pm

    Malcolm & Family, Sincerest condolences to all. I will miss him at the LP diner.

  • Susan BurdickBrennan Posted June 17, 2020 9:28 pm

    Fond memories of growing up with my cousin in Bergenfield, NJ., A life ended way too soon; Rest In Peace Mark, you will be missed.

  • Tonya Merritt Long Posted June 17, 2020 11:30 pm

    I’m so sad to hear about this. Mark always made me laugh, and he loved his family unconditionally. He’ll be missed until we see him again. Love and condolences.

  • Judy Hufham Posted June 17, 2020 11:47 pm

    Leah I am so sorry for your loss, prayers and love go out to you and your family.

  • Miguel Hayes and Family Posted June 18, 2020 12:36 am

    Big Brother you will be truly missed! To one of the most people I’ve known. Much love, prayers and condolences to the family!!

  • Chante Walker Posted June 18, 2020 11:03 am

    I’m very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I will always remember him as a fun-loving friend. Though I was a late friend to him, I will remember our social gatherings where he entertained many and kept a smile on the faces of our dear friends. I look forward to when he will do so again in a world where he will no longer deal with any obstacles that held him back. Mark will be missed until then. My prayers are with his family as well.

  • Daniel and Sharon Holden Posted June 18, 2020 9:43 pm

    Leah and Debbie
    We are so sorry for the loss of your brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May Jehovah continue to give you the strength and encouragement you need to get you through this difficult time. One day very soon, there will be no more tears, sickness, death and sorrow.

  • Barbi Igneri Posted June 18, 2020 11:42 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son Malcolm. My prayers go out to you and the rest of his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Elijah Glover Posted June 19, 2020 10:40 pm

    I have enjoyed our time together when me and Mark got together and talk about his health the things we was going through and most of all our creator “Jehovah God”. I will miss my friend until Jehovah great day. To Marquis l Love my young friend and Brother,my thoughts and prayers sympathy our with during this time and on were.

    Elijah and Taunya GLOVER

    “Jehovah great day of wrecking “.??☺☺??

  • Rena Blackburn Posted June 20, 2020 7:19 am

    To the Chamalian family. I am so sorry for your loss. I had hoped to meet Malcolm and Charles under more happier circumstances. He may be out of his misery but in Gods memory and our hearts always. For no one can deny that he was a great guy. Sincerely, L. Rena (sugar booger)

  • Joe and Lynnette Evanson Posted June 20, 2020 11:53 am

    Debra and Leah, our hearts go out to you and you’re in our prayers. We will remember Mark fondly and the good times we had with him. In the blink of a eye we’ll all be together again In Paradise. May Jehovah comfort you until that day.

  • Rob and Stephanie Pond Posted June 20, 2020 1:01 pm

    We are thinking of the family during this difficult time.

  • L. Rena Blackburn Posted June 20, 2020 4:35 pm

    Sorry for our loss.

  • Rhoda Hayes Posted June 20, 2020 5:38 pm

    Mark was a loving servant of Jehovah. He was kind, always forgiving and very caring of others. Thanks to Jehovah he called me 3 weeks ago from his hospital bed. I was so glad to here from him. Mark never complained about his health at least not to me. He knew that his life in this old system was only temporary. His hope in Jehovah was very real to him and the hope of Revelation 21:3,4. My family and I will miss Mark’s smile and of course his jokes lol. But we know that we will see him again in Jehovah’s due time.

  • Tai Holmes Posted June 20, 2020 5:40 pm

    Mark was a great and hilarious friend and big brother. He will always be a part of our crazy family and will remain in our hearts until we see him again in paradise. My love, prays and condolences to the family, especially Debra, Leah and Marquis.

  • Lynne Brown-Davis Posted June 21, 2020 1:49 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to Debra, Lela,Marquis and the rest of your family during this sad time. I will remember the fun times with Mark and the day will see him again. May Jehovah ease your pain and give you peace. Love Lynne

  • Marilyn LaTona Posted June 26, 2020 9:06 pm

    We all will miss Mark as a special brother in our congregation. Our sympathies to the family.

  • Bryan Bland Posted June 26, 2020 10:17 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Chamalian family. We all look forward to a time when death and pain will be no more. Revelations 21:3,4. Our brother’s memory rests in the best hands possible. Jehovah God’s.

  • Ben and Imogean Jones Posted June 27, 2020 3:09 pm

    We were sorry to hear about Mark. We knew him to be a very kind and caring person.
    Our condolences to the family.

  • Dorothy Louise Brown Posted June 27, 2020 7:12 pm

    Dear Family and Friends, I am sorry for your loss. Hopefully the happy memories keeps you until you see him again……John5:28,29

  • Steven & Dawn McDuffie Posted June 27, 2020 8:14 pm

    Dawn and I want to express our condolences to the whole family of Mark Chamalian May Jehovah comfort you.

  • Lisa Johnson and Family Posted June 28, 2020 3:25 pm

    Chamaluan Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Your loss is our loss. Mark was a dear friend and brother to us. Our hope of the resurrection is SOLID and we know we will see him again soon. May the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 give you comfort at this time.

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