James Roy Manning Jr.

Published 6:34 am Wednesday, June 25, 2008

By Staff
James Roy Manning Jr., 83, of Morehead City, formerly of Plymouth, N.C., died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Carteret General Hospital. Mr. Manning was born on February 3, 1925 in New Bern, N.C., to the late James Roy Manning and Sarah “Sadie” Chesson. Mr. Manning attended the University of North Carolina in September, 1942 where he played football and served in the NROTC. He joined the United States Navy for submarine training in 1943. He went overseas on Sub Tender USS Gilmore to Honolulu in May, 1944. He went to the Marshall Islands where he contributed to the success of the USS Sea Devil (SS400) during WWII. After returning to the U.S.A in May, 1945 for a new sub, he played football for US Sub Base in New London, Connecticut. He was discharged from Lido Beach, Long Island, N.Y., on November 25, 1945. Mr. Manning served as the president of Manning Motor Company which was founded by his father in 1933. As an active member of the business community, Roy served as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Lions Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He retired from Manning Motor Co. in 1984. He was an avid fisherman, captaining his boat “The Commodore” during his years of retirement.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Plymouth United Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Jay Clark and the Rev. Ellis Bedsworth, officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be held in the fellowship hall following the service.
Survivors: wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Gertrude” Woolard Manning; daughter, Carol M. Broderick of Wilmington, N.C.; sister, Martha Davenport-Tenney of Chapel Hill, N.C.; brother-in-law, Fred Woolard of Hassell, N.C.; grandchildren, Brad Manning of Raleigh, N.C., Chris Broderick of Greensboro, N.C., Cindy Broderick of Wilmington, N.C., Laura Broderick of Wilmington, N.C.
His son, James “Jimmy” Roy Manning III, precedes him in death.
Family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wildwood Fire and EMS, 5291 Highway 70W, Morehead City, NC 28557; Plymouth United Methodist Church, PO Box 734, Plymouth, NC 27962.
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Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home &Crematory, Inc,., Morehead City, North Carolina.
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