2008-03-19 / Obituaries

Richard J. Manning

Rev. Richard J. Manning, 89, of York, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Wedn esday, March 12, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 15, 1918, in Gaffney, he was the second son of 10 children born to the late James Franklin Manning and the late Stella Humphries Manning. He received his early education in Cherokee County and Granard High School. He attended Franklin Institute in Rochester, N.Y., and American Bible College in Pineland, Ind., where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in Theological Studies.

He was married to the late Artis Bernard Manning who died in 1991. Rev. Manning was pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in York, Pa., for 31 years and before his illness, was pastor of St. John's Baptist Church in Reading, Pa., for 18 years.

Active in church and community affairs, he was a former moderator of the Central Baptist Association, instructor in the Central Baptist and State Convention, president of the NAACP, chaplain at York County Prison and Berks County Prison, and a child advocate for the York City School District. He was a family counselor at Reading Hospital and co-founder of the Black Ministers Association of York.

He received numerous awards, including Gifts of Time Tribute from the York Community and Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Merit and Recognition for Pastoral Leadership from the Penn State Convention and the NAACP Award.

Surviving are three sons, the Rev. Dr. Bernie Manning of Harrisburg, Pa., James Franklin Jerome Manning and Richard J.Q. Manning Jr., both of York, Pa.; three daughters, Carole Rawlinson-Doweary and Marilyn Manning, both of York, Pa., and Elder Lizzie Mae Bridges of Gaffney; two brothers, James Gary Manning of Shelby and the Rev. Warren Manning of Gaffney; four sisters, Doris Manning, Ruth Aiken, Virgie Wray and Floyie Spell, all of South Carolina; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, March 21, at 3 p.m. at Mikes Creek Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Sammy Leach, Warren Manning, Don Manning, Dr. Barnie Manning, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., Dr. Leon Rector, Dr. Jerry Manning, Dr. S.M. Johnson and Dr. A.L. Brackett officiating. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends at :30 p.m.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of Mikes Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge of local arrangements.

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