Carlyle Manning

Published 7:42 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019

Joseph Carlyle Manning, 94, of Jamesville, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital, after a short period of declining health.

Carlyle is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mamie Walker Manning; his daughter, Carla Manning Lilley and her husband, Roy, of Williamston; and his daughter, Marsha Manning Rogers of Jamesville. He was the proud grandfather of Dr. Carlyle Rogers and Christian Rogers, both of Jamesville, Taylor Lilley of Raleigh, and Ashton Lilley of Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bradley Carlyle Manning; his grandson, James Christopher Rogers, both of Jamesville; and his sister, Elgarie Manning Windley, of Seaford, Delaware.

Carlyle lived his entire life in the Farm Life Community in his cherished childhood home surrounded by family. A licensed commercial and residential building contractor, he was proud of the hundreds of structures he built throughout the county and beyond. During the Spring and Summer months, Carlyle also farmed the land he owned and loved.

A devoted member of Maple Grove Christian Church since childhood, he served as a Deacon, Elder, Sunday School teacher and choir member for many years. A devout Christian, he held Sunday School services for more than 50 years at the vacation spot he adored on the bank of the Pamlico River. His Bible was his constant companion and life-guide.

Carlyle, fondly known as Granddaddy, cherished the times he was surrounded by his family. He loved having everyone around the big kitchen table while sharing food, laughter and stories.

A gifted musician, Carlyle and his sister sang on the radio during his early life. He continued to play his guitar, piano, organ, violin, accordion, mandolin, harmonica and banjo for most of his life. He was more than happy to teach eager students on any instrument.

His collection and mastery of musical instruments was only surpassed by his collection of wood-working tools. Some of his happiest hours were spent in his workshop making a single piece of wood a lasting and beautiful treasure.

He was an active Ruritan and a Griffin’s Township Volunteer Fireman; the friends he made in those organizations spanned the decades. Friends became even more treasured as his mobility became limited. Chairside visits from everyone, both young and old, were highlights in his life. His keen mind and quick wit were only surpassed by his love and devotion to those he loved.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Maple Grove Christian Church, 1500 Maple Grove Church Road, Jamesville, in the Farm Life Community. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the church, and a graveside service will immediately follow at the Manning Cemetery on Manning Road.