Marcus Hill “Mark” Winslett

Marcus Hill “Mark” Winslett, age 61, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones at home. A visitation will be held at Charter Funeral Home on Friday, April 30 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  A service will be held at Charter Funeral Home Saturday, May 1, 2021 in the chapel at 12:00pm.  A burial will follow the service at Wilsonville City Cemetery.

Mark was born to Cary Winslett and Verna Winslett in 1959. He was born and raised in Columbiana and graduated high school from Shelby County High School in 1977. Mark worked and retired from O’Neal Steel after 30 years.  He loved spending time with his family. His favorite hobby was to read and post to Auburn Undercover. Mark was a lifelong Auburn University fan of all sports, but especially football.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Cary Winslett and mother, Verna Winslett.

Mark is survived by his wife of 43 years and best friend, Debbie Winslett; son, Gary Winslett (Becky) of Burlington, VT.; daughter, Allison Winslett of Calera, AL.; granddaughter, Adelaide Winslett; brother-in-law, David White his special buddy; as well a host of extended family and friends.


  1. Simon Hasty on April 29, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Our Prayers are with Debbie and the family during their great loss . I pray God will give them the strength to get through this and give them comfort that Mark is not suffering anymore. He will always live in the hearts of all of us who knew and loved him.
    Rest in Peace my friend
    Marcus Hill “Mark” Winslett

  2. Ricky Aldridge on April 30, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I send my condolences and love to Debbie. I was only a member of AUC for a short while but Marks posts were an inspiration. While many followed the internet sensation of trolling and filth , Mark continue to display class.
    Rev Ricky Aldridge

  3. Stefan Huskilson on April 30, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Mark, or FreeBird, as I knew him was one of the most positive human beings I have ever met – even if only online. Free and I messaged back and forth for the past year and developed a great friendship. I am saddened by his passing, but encourage by his sprit. He embodied what this world needs more of, kindness and being a positive human. I will miss his weekly prediction of a 56-0 Auburn win, his positive comment no matter how bad the game went, and the personal piece of his personal life including his prom date, two children he was so proud of, and a grandchild who will forever make him smile. I will miss the man I never met, but most certainly wish I had. WAR EAGLE! 56-0. and I will always “TAKE NUTTIN’ BUT A WIN”.

  4. Mike White on May 19, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Sorry for the late post, but I just heard about Mark’s passing today. My sincere condolences to Debbie and family. Mark and I (and Debbie) were good friends in high school and shared countless hard felt laughs together. I count it a sincere privilege to have known Mark personally and will never forget the memories from the good ole days.

  5. Mark polarie on July 29, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    He was the best person I will ever know, I loved him like a brother and forever miss him.

  6. Mark Polarie on July 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Mark and I were friends for over 30 years he was a wonderful person I will miss him forever. He was a fine man and like a brother to me.

  7. Gary Gray on September 10, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    I am so sorry I only found out about this as of this writing…..Worked with Mark those 30 years. He Loved his Family as he spoke of them often.. I would have to agree he was one of the most positive and Loving people I knew. I am truly sorry for your loss and saddened that I only found out from his Dear Friend Mark Polarie this day! Rest in peace ,You have me a cigar there when I get there dear friend!