Mark Benson Gore was born in Richmond, VA, on January 16, 1964, and died quietly on March 27, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee, from an apparent drug overdose. He was 56 years old.
He is survived by his father Gary Gore (Kathy), his brother Bruce Gore (Vicki), his sister Kymberly Gore Alsup (Craig), his daughter Jamie Miles-Tweedy (Crystal), his grandson, Jayden, and three nephews, Wyatt, Morrison, and Hendrix. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Thomas Gore of Nashville.
Mark was a charming child. He grew more conﬁdent and more expressive as he grew older. By the time he was in school, he could charm teachers, other students and his family. His grades were only average, but few ever noticed. He had a few skirmishes, but everyone thought “boys will be boys.” The family had a farm down in Moore County, about an hour from Nashville. When he got a little older, Mark loved to ride his motorcycle down there and spend the weekend. He also loved to ﬁsh and was very good at it. He would catch ﬁsh when others nearby couldn’t get a bite.
Mark grew to be a very complicated, often difﬁcult, yet intensely loyal person. His loyalty and love were absolute toward anyone he counted among his trusted inner circle of family and friends. Challenged from an early age by drug addiction, he was extremely hard on his family for most of his life. Some found him to be simply too difﬁcult to be around; others were able to include him in their lives, but often at arm’s length. Despite it all, he was highly intelligent, often funny, supremely entertaining, and a born talker, story teller, and schemer. Those are the traits of Mark we loved and will remember most fondly.
He knew he was far from perfect, and in moments of personal reﬂection, he would wonder out loud how he had as many people caring for him as he did. During these times, he seemed like his old self, intensely human, and amazingly “normal.” It’s why he was forever given the beneﬁt of the doubt, everyone constantly hoping that somehow, some way, THIS would be the time that he ﬁnally beat his addiction and he would return to the “old Mark.”
Most of all, Mark deeply cherished his daughter and grandson, and was constantly praising Jamie for overcoming a far less-than-perfect childhood that he knew he had helped to create. If he was proud of anything, it was the two of them.
In situations such as these, a family can grateful for a quiet and peaceful passing, and for that we truly are. Mark will be cremated, and there will be a small, private, personal family service only at this time. Anyone wishing to acknowledge Mark’s life should consider a donation to Paws in Prison, or a similar program.Print Obituary & Condolences