John Mark Heavner ’81, of Gastonia, N.C., came into the presence of our loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 21. He was 51. He was surrounded by the peace of God, as well as his loving family. Heavner was married to Susan Carpenter Heavner, 1119 S. Belvedere Ave., Gastonia, NC 28054-4583, for 15 wonderful years. They are blessed with two precious children, John Walter Heavner and Sarah Jane Carson Heavner. He is also the son of devoted parents, Harold and Jonnie Heavner. He is survived by his brother, Steve (Beverly), as well as other extended family. He had a special relationship with his niece, Kaylee Marie Quinn, and found love and support through his Carpenter family. Born in Lincoln County, Heavner went on to graduate from Davidson and Wake Forest University law school. He was a lawyer at Mullen, Holland, and Cooper in Gastonia. He was deeply rooted in his faith and family and was a devoted member of Gaston Community Church. The love of the Lord Jesus guided his life and his hope that others would find the peace and comfort that came to him through faith.