BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Employees of Southern Electric Works in Brookhaven were emotional today as they mourned the loss of their friend and coworker, Mark Fuller.
Authorities say Fuller died after he was injured in an explosion at Southern Electric, which repairs motors and sells electrical supplies.
Fuller was known for his faith, his love for his family and his job, and his ability to play pretty good jokes on his friends, said his cousin, John Fuller. Mark and John grew up together more like brothers than cousins, said Mark’s family.
John’s favorite story was when another cousin, Travis, was stuck under a house, and Mark was terrifying him by pretending he was going to send a dog in to drag him out.
“Travis was trying to get out from under the house and Mark was pretending he was going to run the dog under the house,” said John Fuller. “That was probably one of the funniest times.”
Mark Fuller, a father of two girls, one in high school now and one in college, was a man of his word, too. His wife Dawn’s sister sent us this message:
“When our father passed away, Mark promised him that he would take care of his girls. I was her older sister who was divorced with two children, and Mark was my hero. He fixed broken things, he took my daughter to a father/daughter dance, and he was a man who we looked to during any crisis. He also took care of my other sister whose husband was a long haul trucker and did all the fixing and repairing and just taking care of her and her two kids. He was our go-to guy, our friend, our family! He was loved and treasured, and we will miss him every day of our lives.”
And it wasn’t just his family who loved him, his cousin said.
“He was loved by so many. Not just his family,” said John Fuller. “He was the type, even his fellow employees around him, Mark got close to them. They’ve lost a friend. His wife has lost her helpmate. The girls have lost their dad, their rock, I have lost a brother. His mom has lost her son, somebody that she leaned on.”
“The world has lost a treasure. He was worth more than anything you could put a price to,” he said.
Today at Southern Electric Works, both OSHA and the State Fire Marshal’s office were on the grounds, following up on the explosion. Brookhaven Police Department was not called to the scene, but Brookhaven Fire Department officials said it was hard to tell what caused the blast because Fuller was the only one in that area of the business.