The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 5, 2013 at First Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 191 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Champ Waters Memorial Cemetery. Bishop Melvin McCluster will officiate.
Willie was born October 2, 1950, to the late Reverend Henry and Alberta Rackley Mann. He was preceded in death by two siblings, Chase William Mann and Lillie Mae Mann. Willie was educated in the public school system of Macon County. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at First Salem Baptist Church.
On October 8, 1973, Willie married the love of his life, the former Kathryn Felder, and to this union, they were blessed with two beautiful children, Tomika and Jarius. Willie enjoyed many things about life especially his family. In his younger years he enjoyed playing his guitar with friends. He was a calm and easygoing soul that could accomplish any task. He was an overall handyman.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Left to celebrate the joy of his precious memories are his loving and devoted wife of thirty-nine years, Kathryn Mann, Oglethorpe, Georgia; two loving and caring children, Tomika Mann (Chari), Lithonia, Georgia and Jarius Mann, Sr. (Laquanda), Lithonia, Georgia; five grandchildren, Ta’Naya, Yazmin, Ja’Bria, Jarius, Jr., and Haven Mann all of Lithonia, Georgia; six siblings, James C. Mann (Luella), Montezuma, Georgia, Inez Woolfork (Alonzo), Montezuma, Georgia, Mae Bertha Jones, West Palm Beach, Florida, John Henry Mann, Jr., (Viola), West Palm Beach, Florida, Earl Mann, Sr., Montezuma, Georgia, Ervin Mann, Sr. (Pearl), West Palm Beach, Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edna Snipes (Eddie C.) Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Grady Felder (Sonja), Kansas City, Kansas, Wyngia Felder Brown, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Janice Love, Lucious Felder, Jr., James Felder (Floria) all of Atlanta, Georgia Larry Harvey (Betty) Americus, Georgia; aunts and uncles, Carrie Rackley, Sarah Hannor (Fred) all of Montezuma, Georgia, Fannie Hannor (Jerome), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Christine Mann, Jacksonville, Florida, Betty Mann, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Joan Waters, Montezuma, Georgia, Marilyn Mann, and Dorothy Mann both of Hartford, Connecticut and Henry Mann, Jacksonville, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.