Deacon Manning Josey, Jr., 66, loving and devoted husband of the Reverend Roberta C. Josey, was called by God to his eternal rest on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born May 25, 1944 in Sumter County, he was the second son of Georgia Mae Black Josey and the late Manning Josey, Sr.
Manning accepted Christ at a young age and joined Trinity Baptist Church, where he was ordained as Deacon. He loved the Lord and actively served in many areas of the church. He was Superintendent of the church Sunday School and he taught Sunday School classes. He was a member of the Senior Choir and the Male Chorus. He later became a founder and charter member of New Fellowship Baptist Church. In 1995, he joined New Providence United Methodist Church with his wife. At New Providence he was a Lay Speaker and a member of the United Methodist Men. He was a man of faith and never passed up an opportunity to be a witness for the Lord.
He was a 1962 graduate of Lincoln High School and attended Central Carolina Technical College. He was employed by Sumter Dairies at a young age. He then worked at Campbell Soup, where he became a supervisor. He later became employed at Gold Kist until his retirement. After his retirement, he was employed at Sumter School District 2 for a short time. He had attended the Sumter Senior Center for the past two years.
Manning gave a lifetime of love and support to his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He will live on through the many lives he touched. He adored and cherished his grandchildren and included each one of them in his recent 25th Wedding Anniversary and Renewal of Vows. He also had a special place in his heart for his special friends, his dogs: Isabelle, Buster, Rex and Frederick.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his mother, Georgia Mae Black Josey; his beloved wife, his princess and sweetheart of 25 years, the Reverend Roberta C. Josey of the home; three sons, Manning Brown, Jr. (Coriena) of Sumter, Bernard Josey of Spartanburg and William Paul Brown of New York, N. Y.; three daughters, Sharon (Reuben) Lawrence and Linda (Roger) Knowles, both of Marietta, Georgia, Debra Ann Josey of Sumter; six brothers, David (Phyllis) Josey of Teaneck, N. J., Willie Leroy (Carmen) Josey of Portsmouth, Ohio, Leon (Nancy) Josey of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Ted E. Josey and Darrell J. (Belinda) Josey, both of Sumter; two sisters, Fabeola Marie Josey of Englewood, N. J. and Cynthia A. Josey of Sumter; nine grandchildren; four brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Manning Josey, Sr.; his daughter, Sandra Ann Josey; maternal grandparents, Albert Black and Carrie Black Green; paternal grandparents, Jeff Josey and Beulah Jenkins Josey, and his previous wife, Ollie Mae Maple Josey.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Saturday, January 29, 2011 from the Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 West Liberty Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Lillian H, Washington, officiating, Rev. Anna G. Miller, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Kenneth N. Carter, Rev. James Kevin Gorry, Rev. Blondell Miller, Rev. Dale E. Edwards, Rev. Abraham Dixon and Rev. Demetria Brooks.
The family will receive friends at the home 271 Poulos Street, Sumter.
A wake service will be held 6:00 – 7:00 p. m., Friday January 28, 2011 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:15 p. m.
Honorary Floral Bearers will be the spouses of the Clergy of the South Carolina Annual Conference.
Floral Bearers will be nieces and the New Providence United Methodist Women.
Honorary Pall Bearers will be the Clergy of the South Carolina Annual Conference.
Pall Bearers will be nephews and the New Providence United Methodist Men.
Interment will be in the Hillside Memorial Gardens, Sumter..