Funeral services have been set for former Monroe Mayor Mark G. Worrell, who died early Friday at the Cleveland Clinic, nearly five months after having life-saving heart-transplant surgery.
#Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state from 10 a,m. until services at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Rev. Evans Bentley will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
#Mr. Worrell had become ill a couple of days ago, apparently from complications related to the surgery, was taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the Cleveland Clinic, where he had gotten his new heart on Feb. 10.
#The former mayor and long-time city councilman died at about 12:47 a.m. with some family members present, according to Monroe Mayor Robert E. Clark.
#“It’s sad news,” said Mayor Clark, who had a long visit with Mr. Worrell last week when he came into Monroe City Hall to pay a water bill. “Mark was a good friend and mentor to me.”
#Funeral arrangements still are being determined. http://www.monroenews.com/news/2012/jul/06/ex-mayor-worrell-dies-cleveland-hospital/
Mark was my immediate neighbor for my first 7 years or so when I first moved to Monroe. He could come across as odd sometimes (like most of us can or do), but I have never met a more civic minded person before in my life.
I know he loved this city, and worked diligently on top of his teaching career to gain knowledge in state and local governments and how to get the most for the city.
Great guy, wish there were move like him that would step up to leadership positions in our communities that serve his/ constituents in the same manner.