Jack L. Manning of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the age of 87. He was born July 28, 1922, in Russell in Leon County to Bert and Robbie Manning. He was a veteran of World War II and was a very proud Marine Raider. The Raiders were the very first special ops forces in the U.S. military and his unit made six initial landings on the Pacific Islands. First to go in and last to leave was the Marine code, and he never ceased being a Raider.
He was an artist and created beautiful pieces with wood. Hundreds of homes in this area are graced with his woodworking pieces. He was a precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed greatly. He leaves a legacy of love and devotion not just to his family but to the many who called him friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nan Manning; and wife, Mary Manning. He is survived by his daughters, Robbie Cranford of Conroe and Amy Kent and husband Bill of Kerens; sister-in-law and husband, Jean and James Boykin of Russell; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Marcy and Javier Martinez of Austin and Chad and Stacy Kent of Russell. He is also survived by the joy of his life, great-grandchildren Tiffany and Briar Kent of Russell.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at North Creek Cemetery in Russell in Leon County.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Boykin, Benny Boykin, Phillip Street, Chad Kent, Scott Pelczar and Virgil Thurston. Honorary pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Larry Cottrell, Rick Neumayer, Javier Martinez, Hal Ray Collins, Thomas Hill, Nathan Cradduck, James Boykin and Eddie McNeese.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.