Mark Christopher Naylor was born July 27, 1951 at Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City, Missouri to James O. and Elnora (Shoemaker) Naylor. Mark passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 3, 2021 while surrounded by his family. In the last years of his life, he was surrounded by an amazing care team, Bobbi, Sharon and Kim. These ladies grew a strong bond with him and became good friends of the family. He was also provided exceptional care and grace by Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, who also supported Cindy as her long time employer.
Mark grew up in Lowry City and attended Lowry City Schools. He was a true Lowry Citian and loved his community. He served his community with passion and loved the people and history. He often volunteered his time to different organizations and causes. Growing up he worked at the Phillips Gas Station while in high school. During the summer times he painted grain elevators with his Dad in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota. He also worked at Stewart Lumber Yard for 7 years and Sac-Osage Hospital for 2 years. Mark opened his own insurance agency in Lowry City in 1976. In 1983 he went to work for Barton County Mutual Insurance Company and retired after 31 years of service. He also was an avid member of the Masonic Lodge of Lowry City. He was a very active member until his health didn’t allow him to attend.
Mark and Carol Good were united in marriage in 1969. To this marriage 3 children were born: Stephanie Elnora, Robert Jason and Ryan Dale. On June 25, 1988, Mark married the love of his life, Cindy Childs-Wagner along with gaining another young son Ryan Lee Wagner. They were united in marriage for 33 years. He dedicated his life to his family and worked hard to provide for them. God created him to be an amazing husband, father, grandfather and soon to be great grandfather. He was fierce in his convictions and lived life by a motto, “Protect your name, be a man of your word and always do what you say.” He loved to get everyone back home to be together to have a cup of coffee or big meal. He enjoyed seeing his grand kids play and laugh together in the family home.
Mark attended the First Baptist Church, Lowry City as a child with his parents until the passing of his beloved Mother. Later in life, Mark was under conviction and saved at age 31 after a revival at the Church he was attending. He was sitting in his recliner praying before Church and received the great gift of salvation.
Mark had a passion for collecting and refurbishing antiques. He often came home with old relics he would find while traveling through Missouri. Another passion he had was old cars. From the time he was a young boy he always had and collected hot rods. He would always buy and sell old cars and enjoyed tinkering with them. Mark had a couple favorites: 1970 Dodge Super Bee and a 1972 Ford Mustang Sprint, which still resides in the family.
Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents Dowdy & Lily Shoemaker, Lillian (Tinsley) Naylor, and James R. & Maude Naylor; parents James O. and Elnora (Shoemaker) Naylor; brothers James O. Naylor Jr. and wife Jeanie and Gregory Lynn Naylor.
He is survived by his wife Cindy; daughter Stephanie and husband Jeff Dull of Lowry City, sons Robert Naylor of Lowry City, Ryan Naylor and wife Alisha of Lee’s Summit, Ryan Wagner and wife Leigha of Liberty; grandchildren Dalton Dull, Gable Dull and wife Ally, Landon Dull, Ryder Wagner, Jameson Wagner, Emersyn Wagner, Rawley Naylor, Lucas Naylor, Oliver Naylor and Pierce Naylor; his Aunt Lucille (Shoemaker) Clayton and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.