The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 07, 2015 at First Salem Baptist Church, Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Reverend Jeffery Randall, pastor. Interment will follow at Champ Waters Cemetery, Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Deacon James Clarence Mann was born September 20 1939, to the late Rev. John Henry and Alberta Rackley Mann. He was also the grandson of the late Mr. Henry and Lillie Mckenzie Mann and John H. and Beulah “Pat” Jones Rackley. Deacon Mann, a man of exceptional vision and dedication he was labeled a “hard worker” from his childhood onto his adult years. As a hard working child, JC(as he was lovingly called by his family and friends) was taught to farm and labor by his parents to help take care of his siblings and that love and caring for his siblings and family never fizzle. JC was employed The Allens Canning Co. of Montezuma, Ga.(formerly Southern Frozen Foods) as a certified and dedicated maintenance specialist. Great at his craft, JC was known around his job and community for the ability to repair and build almost any and everything. After over 48 loyal years he retired in January 2007 from The Allens Canning Co.
Earlier in life, at a young age, JC accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and join the band of Christian believers of the First Salem Missionary Baptist Church where he was later ordain as a deacon(1 Timothy 3.12 “Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.”) In better health Deacon Mann was devoted to his church and church family. He was a great grounds keeper and he and Deacon “Bruh” Collier made sure the church was spotless. Before Deacon Mann’s health declined he was proud to have had a small part in the construction of the new church building today, welding and installing the handrails entering the beautiful sanctuary.
Later in life JC’s heart was captured by the love of his life, the former Louella Grant and on February 7th 1960 they were beautifully united. To this union Mr. and Mrs. Mann was blessed to raised nine wonderful children, three to proceed him in death, Brenda(the eldest and his backbone) Debra(2nd oldest and funfilled)and James Donnell(His first son and hardworker). In addition to his parents and children, he was also proceeded in death by several siblings including adult siblings, Chase William “CW”, Willie “Bill” and Lillie Mae Mann.
This Earthly walk came to a close for JC on February 27th 2015 1:30pm at the Sumter Phoebe Medical Center, Americus, Ga. Leaving his earthly home and moving to his Heavenly mansion.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Left to celebrate the joy of his precious memories are his loving wife of 55years Louella G. Mann, his caring children; Sandra J. Mann,Oglethorpe Ga., Shuwand D. Mann, Eric Mann,Felix Mann; all of Montezuma Ga. Antonio Barron Mann(Cashonda) Lisbon Portugal. Carl D. Akine(grandson whom he reared as his own) Boston, Ma. Devoted grandchildren; JonTasha Kaigler, ShuErica Mann, James Mann III , Paris Freeman, Keysha Haugabook, Shunika Fudge all of Montezuma Ga. Tywann Mann(Alecia) and Almon Joseph both of Oglethorpe ga. Dejuan Mann(LaKeta) and Takeria Hudson both of Warner Robins Ga. Gabrietta Fobbs Perry, Ga. Larry Fobbs(Tae)Moultrie Ga. Deontae Barron, Antonio Barron, Aluna Barron all of Portugal. host of great grands. Sibling; Inez Woolfork, Earl Mann Sr. both of Monotezuma. Ga, Mae Bertha Jones, John Henry MannII(Viola) Eirvin Mann Sr.(Pearl) all of West Palm Beach Florida. In-Laws; Betty Mann, Kathy Mann both of Oglethorpe ga. Betty Carr. Irvington NJ., Betty Joiner Mtz. GA., Claude Grant Miami Florida, Willie Grant Vienna Ga., Larry Grant, Rex Ga. Aunts/Uncles; Carrie Rackley( his 2nd Mom), Fannie Hannor(Jerome) Sarah Hannor(Fred Lee) Christine Mann, Dorothy Mann, Maryland Mann, Rose Lee Thomas, and Henry Mann. A host of nieces and nephews; including devoted nieces Lisa Bryant(Arney) and Jeanette Mann devoted nephew Charles Mann. cousins other relatives and sorrowing friends including; The family of the late Mr. Willie James “Buster” Mcdonald, Mr. John and Ernestine Moore and the the Davita Dialysis Center Family.