Published 7:28 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2014


MAY 28, 1931 – NOV. 23, 2014


Mr. Jessie “Manuel” Housley, age 83, a resident of Second Street, Washington died Sunday November 23, 2014.

A graveside service with Military Funeral Honors and Masonic Rites will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Oakdale Cemetery.

Mr. Housley was born on May 28, 1931, son of the late Willie Housley and Lillie Gentry Housley.  On May 22, 1950 he married the former Melba Chauncey who preceded him in death on January 13, 2012.  He retired from the Naval Depot in Cherry Point as a tool and die maker and served his country in the US Army and Marines.  Mr. Housley was a night instructor at Beaufort County Community College for 20 years.  He was a member of Old Ford Church of Christ, an instructor with Boy Scouts of America, Masonic Lodge Orr Lodge # 104, a lifetime member of D.A.V., the American Legion, York Rite Masons and York Rite Sovereign College of North America.  Mr. Housley was known to be a great men’s softball player and coached many girls the art of fastpitch softball.

Mr. Housley is survived by his son: Douglas Manuel Housley and wife Sharon of Chocowinity; grandchildren, Wayne and Tania Harris of Chocowinity; great granddaughter, Katie Harris of Chocowinity and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and his parents, Mr. Housley was preceded in death by three sisters, Carrie Belle Johnston, Mildred Carlton and Tony Hampstead and one brother, Edward Lee Housley all of Chattanooga, TN.

The family  received friends from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and other times at his home, 525 E. 2nd Street, Washington.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607 or Masonic and Eastern Star Home, 700 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC  27407.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Housley family.