of Fairfield Bay, AR
July 14, 1964 - January 12, 2022
John Mark Ring was born in Festus Missouri on July 14, 1964 to parents Herman & Anna Ring. His parents pioneered and served as pastors in many churches throughout his childhood. He was raised in a loving home with three sisters and two brothers. He went to school at Hoxie School where he graduated in 1982. Afterwards he moved to Texas where he worked in the oil refineries. He joined the Army Reserve, and during his service, he was able to travel to many beautiful places including Italy. In 1990, he married the love of his life, Melissa Davis from Fox, Arkansas. His family grew as God blessed them with John Blake & Marissa Anne. Shortly after Marissa's birth, Mark began pastoring his first little church in Corning Arkansas, and has served in ministry for 30 years. He was a skilled carpenter, and one of the hardest workers you can find. He had his own business for many years as Ring Remodel & Repair, and in the last 7 years has worked for Wyndham Resorts in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.He was a natural comedian, and displayed this gift even when ministering the word of God. He brought many smiles, and much laughter to anyone who spent time with him. We have never heard anyone play the saxophone more sweetly than Mark did. He often told us he would become lost in God's presence while playing it. He was anointed as he used his talents to bring glory to God. His love for his family has always been evident, and he is one of the greatest husbands, fathers and Papis in the World! He loved treasure hunting, hiking, exploring caves, playing golf, as well as relaxing on the sands at the beach. On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, John Mark Ring, finished his race and received his crown of righteousness from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.He is preceded in death by his parents Herman & Anna Ring, and one daughter Rachel Grace. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Melissa Ring, (son) Blake & Gabby Ring, Wesley and (daughter) Marissa Lewis, (six grandchildren) Judah Lewis, Ellison Ring, Shepherd Lewis, Finley Ring, Lola Lewis, & Olive Ring. (Siblings) Roger Ring, Pam Davis, Sheila Ring, Terry Ring, & Dana Moore. Along with many other family and friends who are celebrating his life today!As he ran his final mile, his passion was to share with others about being in "relationship with God". We all began to see the "heart of our Heavenly Father", in his last messages to us all. Our hearts were gripped and challenged not only to have a deeper relationship with God, but to see others develop one as well. Many lives have been changed by the vessel He has become! Pouring out the love of God to others, in such a way we could capture it! May our hearts burn to see the lost come into that Relationship He spoke of. May our hearts reach for the Father and hands extend to those who need Him to bring them together in relationship! Becoming that bridge: "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He is always making intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25.Weather permitting, time of gathering to visit is scheduled On Saturday January 29th, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Timbo Valley Assembly of God, Timbo Arkansas, with a Celebration of Life beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pastor JC Seward officiating. Also sharing will be Blake Ring & Marissa Lewis, with music by Wesley Lewis and Blake Ring.
We are so sorry for your loss. We are holding you guys close to our hearts and are keeping you lifted in prayer. Much love, The Darrell Whorton Family
I am so very sorry. He was a fighter to the end. He is resting with God now. Heaven gets sweeter all the time
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.You both were such a blessing to me and I Thank you.
I got to know Mark when we attended the same church . I loved his music and his sharing God's word. It was an honor to know him and will pray for the family as you morn the loss. Danny & Sandi
Rest in peace my friend as you walk with the Father in Heaven.
My wife and I love the Ring family. We are praying for you.
So sorry for your loss! ❤️
Praying for God's love and blessings for comfort. The Mckinney family. Corning Y Pentecostal Church. Corning AR.
Melissa, I am so sorry, praying for Gods comfort for you and your family. I love you.
Shelby and I lives were made fuller by Mark being a part of them.
Melissa and Family,We love you and your family soo much! We will miss Mark so much, but love the fact that we will see him again soon! Love,Linda and Kevin Sanford
Im sorry for you loss, May the los give you strength and lots of love from those who have you next to you. Me and my family share our deepest condolences for you and your family. We love yall and we will keep on praying for you and your family. May our brother Rest In Peace
We are so sorry for your loss, praying for you and the kids! David, Rebecca and Kishia
Uncle Mark brought so much joy to us. He always made us feel great about ourselves. We loved playing music with him. What an inspiration!
What an amazing man! A Godly example to all those who met him. You could not be around Mark and not be in a good mood. Prayers for Melissa and the family.
Thoughts of Mark and Melissa race through my mind as we worked together with Save One for a time. Very dedicated to the Lord and supportive of his wife was my memory of this man of God and a comedian at times also. Melissa, you and your family are in my heart and prayers as I remember too well the pain we had to deal with in loosing my husband to cancer 6 years ago. The road to healing our hearts can be very lonely at times but oh so worth it so that we can once again become a vessel to be used again for hurting people. Praying for you and your sweet family, and remember heaven is not that far away, in fact it gets sweeter every year! May Mark's memory, love and dedication to the Lord and those he loved be remembered forever. Love you!
Melissa and family, I was so sad to read of Mark’s passing. I know his fight is over and he’s whole and healthy with the Lord just like Byron, I’m sure they’ll be exchanging some funny sentiments between each other, Love and prayers to all. Sue
My love and prayers 🙏 to the family andfriends.I won't be able to attend the service but please know my thoughts and heart will be there.
I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. I only knew for a few years, but he was such an asset to this communty and Wyndham where we worked. Loved his smile and love for life. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and above all a devoted husband. Prayers for the family.
I'm so sorry for your loss! Condolences to your family. Be at peace he is with his father in heaven. Prayers!
I first had the honor of meeting Mark when he, Melissa and I attended First Assembly of God in Mtn View, Ark. together in the early 90's. He was the best saxophone player that I had ever met and a great musician. I had the privilege of working with Mark for about a year after he got me a job at the Cedar Mill Factory in Mtn View and I will never forget sharing the word of God with him during lunch. We attended many revivals together and created a bond that I will always cherish. I will miss Mark more than words can express and heaven gained a great man to play in the heavenly choir.
I am so very sorry for yours and your family’s loss, Melissa. You are in my prayers.
Melissa, so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.
Melissa, you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace continually be within you.
Dear Melissa and Family,So sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly. My prayers and thoughts are with you. ❤️
Melissa I’m so sorry about your loss. If you ever want to talk please call. I know your pain and my heart is broken for you. I love you.
We are so saddened by your loss but we know Mark would want us to rejoice in the fact that he is no longer in pain. That he can walk. No, I mean run the streets of gold. What a glorious time he must be having.Watching his last video has impacted me to work harder to reach the lost and be a better example. He was a wonderful man and loved his family like Christ loves the church. Contined prayers of comfort for each of you.
So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family.
We love you SO much! Thank you for who you are & always have been to us! You took time for me when I was a little girl to shoot hoops & were always kind to me when others seemed to not see me. You & Melissa took J.C. in when he had nowhere to go, you gave him a job, a place to live & food from your table. You became a true friend & mentor to him. You guys shared many days together at the Knot Hole, in the car rides to work, & at church. You guys opened up your pulpit to us at Corning, Ashdown & NLR. You were JC’s best man & he said you still are his best man! Later on, we were able to open our pulpit to you & our people at Gospel Lighthouse Church embraced y’all & love you more than you will know! You made us laugh, oh Lord, did you ever make us laugh…with your crazy jokes. I can’t believe we built our fence, put in a pool & built a deck in 3 days…the Seward 5 & the mighty Mark…we were all crazy by the end of it! You made us cry as you poured your heart out under the anointing of the Holy Ghost in word & in song! I’ve never ever heard anyone play the saxophone more sweetly than you! We just want to say thank you & we love you SO very much! You made it home! Heaven is sweeter! ❤️
Mark was always such an inspiration to us! Loved to hear him teach Sunday School class when he filled in for Larry Buttrum at NLR First Assembly! He will be missed by so many! Prayers for Melissa and family for peace, comfort and support during the days ahead! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️
Heaven gained Best sax player..prayers
So thankful to have known you, to have worked alongside you in ministry at such a young age. You taught me more than you could know, and we’re such a voice of encouragement when I needed it. Can’t wait to see you again one day. We’ll laugh about washing trucks. Love you, sir.
What a legacy!!!
So sorry! Praying for you!
Melissa, Marsha and the rest of the family, My heart goes out to you since I lost my husband on the 9th.The Lord must have needed His ministers for some reason. They have run their race and been counted worthy to escape. May the Lord comfort your hearts and wrap you in his loving arms. You’re in my prayers. Love you all. Darlene Brown Tipper
Heaven just got a little sweeter.
Melissa and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Reading this tribute to Mark brought tears to my eyes as it was clearly written with love and honor for this wonderful man and servant of God. I pray for comfort for you all in the coming days.
I worked with Mark at Wyndham resort he was one of the best and everyone who knew him admired his character and work ethics, he will be missed. May God bless his family.
Sis. Marsha and FamilyI am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you all during this time.