Lenard James Manning

Lenard James Manning was born February 5, 1936, in Oakwood, to Alfraid and Rodessa Marie (Bass) Manning. He was the second of four children. He was raised in Butler and attended Butler High School. He later attended Barber College in Dallas. He was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army.

Supt. L.J. Manning accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at Shiloh Baptist Church, and accepted his calling in the ministry in 1980. Supt. L.J. Manning pastored at many churches including: Tucker C.O.G.I.C., Pine Hill C.O.G.I.C., Hemphill Temple, McDonald C.O.G.I.C., and The Salvation Lighthouse C.O.G.I.C. He was a member of the Patterson, Haynes, Coins, Walls, Hunting Club. He received hunter of the year in 1999. He was a personal friend of the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes. He was a gospel recording artist at Fort Worth Spiritual Aires, and served on the Freestone Soil and Water Board. He was an avid fisher and hunter. One of his greatest sermons was The Nail in The Church.

Supt. L.J. Manning married Mary J. Gatson on May 24, 1958. This union was blessed with four children. He worked as a rancher, pastor, and counselor. He supported all walks of life, country, church, community, and very strong family ties. On April 8, in Oakwood, surrounded by his loving family, Lenard left this earth on the Wings of Angels. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Alfraid and Rodessa Manning; son, Roy Lester Whitfield; sister in infancy; grandson, Donald Lee Gillian, Jr.; granddaughter, Demica Manning; great-grandson, Mason James Manning; father and mother in-laws, Willie (Verila) Gatson; two brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.


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