Mark Woodson Isham

Mark Woodson Isham, 53 of Elizabethtown, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018. He was born January 6, 1965 in Chelsea, MA to James Albert and Christine Isham. He was a 1983 graduate of Elizabethtown High School. He attended ECTC and completed his bachelor in Broadcasting and Masters in Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. Mark worked successfully in several professions throughout his life. His first job was as an on-air radio personality for WIEL. He would continue to be a disc jockey at various stations in central and eastern Kentucky, including and most notably WQXE, clear Channel and iHeartRadio in Somerset, and most recently T-107 WCTT and 99.5 KD Country in Corbin. He also served as a counselor at Communicare in Elizabethtown. However, it was when he procured a full-time psychology professorship at Somerset Community College (SCC), that he really found his niche. In this position, students and staff loved his passion, intelligence, sense of humor, and ability to relate to so many individuals on so many levels. Recently, Mark began a side profession as a audio book narrator. He was especially excited and honored to read one of his heros books, Stephen Hawkings A Brief History of Time. From middle school through adulthood, Mark had a passion for participating in the performing arts. He began this solid career in acting by playing Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man at Youth Theater of Hardin County, and after that he never looked back! Considered by his peers to be a gifted performer with a signature deep, resonant voice, he starred and directed in a number of plays and films produced by SCC Theater and Film Department. Having a passion for books and reading, he also served as a member of the Pulaski County Library Board. Mark is survived by his two children, Gillian Isham Knox Isham both of Elizabethtown, to whom he was a proud and devoted father to; the love of his life, Kelly Ballard Graham of Elizabethtown; two sisters, Samantha (Robert) Norgran and Karen Anita Kerry Isham both of Louisville; a brother, Matt Isham of Tacoma, WA; and a niece, Julia Agan. A celebration of life will be Thursday, August 16th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus Hall, 1851 Leitchfield Road, Elizabethtown, where there will be a service starting at 6 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of Contributions to the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, 306 West Dixie, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Condolences may be expressed online at


Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Knights of Columbus


Thursday, August 16, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM
Knights of Columbus

View Printer-Friendly Version