Richard Allen Mann
August 21, 1932 – July 6, 2018
Richard Allen Mann, born August 21st, 1932, of Beaver, West Virginia, died on the 6th of July 2018. Richard was the only child from the marriage of Allen Robert Mann and Lottie Vest Cochran Mann. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Zeretha Avilee Walker Mann, the daughter of Stralie and Nada Mae Walker of Shady Spring, WV, as well as eight half brothers and sisters from the Cochran side and 13 from the Mann side. Richard was a retired Army veteran, with combat service in Korea, and was awarded two Purple Hearts, United Nations Medal, Korean Service Medal, American Defense Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the 5th Regimental Combat Team Association. Richard attended Beaver Elementary, Shady Spring High School, and Beckley College. He received his BS from Concord College [University] and a Masters from Marshall University. Richard had additional postgraduate work at Marshall and the University of Tennessee. Before military service Richard worked as a coal truck driver. After recovering from wounds received in combat and graduating college, he worked as a schoolteacher at Marsh Fork High School, and as a teacher and guidance counselor at Shady Spring High School. He also served as the Adult Education Supervisor at the Raleigh Country Academy of Careers and Technology and retired as the Raleigh Country Schools Transportation Director, a position he held for 12 years. A consummate believer in the importance of education, Richard was one of the founders of The Shady Spring Citizens Scholarship Foundation, and he served as the Chairman of the Selection Committee of The Westmoreland Coal Company-Penn-Virginia Scholarship Foundation for 33 years. Richard also severed as the President of the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation, and was a member of Moose Lodge #1606. Richard is survived by more than 40 nephews and nieces, and his two children and four grandchildren, that include his son, Richard Allen Mann II and his wife Drema Reed Mann, and their four children; Lucas, Sabastian, Montana, and RayneAnne, of Princeton, WV. and his daughter, Samantha Avilee Mann and her husband Richard Meece, of Shady Spring, WV. Many cherished Richard’s friendship, all who met him appreciated his forthrightness and honesty, and his integrity and values severed as a roadmap for his extended family and colleagues to follow. Most importantly, his children and grandchildren have the wisdom and lessons he shared, along with the example of his character, to guide them through life. Richard Allen Mann will be cremated at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. As per his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to the Shady Spring Citizens Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 2001, Shady Spring, WV 25918-2001.
Richard Allen Mann
July 13, 2018
I send my condolence to the Mann family. May happy memories of Richard bring you comfort as we await the fulfillment of Acts 24:15, which gives us hope to be reunited with our dead loved ones.
Martha Ellen Mann Perkins
July 9, 2018
Dear Family of Richard Allen Mann,
I was saddened to read the obituary of Richard. I last spoke to him a few summers ago when I was researching my Mann ancestry. In fact, he was so kind to send me a picture of my grandfather, Allen Robert Mann because I don't have any pictures of him. Sadly, I had it saved to my computer and this spring I had computer problems and lost all my "saved" pictures. My father was Theodore Roosevelt (Ted) Mann, the second youngest son of Allen Robert and Sallie Smith Mann. I never knew either grandparent. As a young girl I visited Lottie's home in Beaver, and I remember Eva and Ella and their families. My memory is a little vague as to who was married to Craig Quesenberry. However, I remember going to their houses (Eva, Ella, and another sibling) very close by Lottie's house. In thinking about a time line I 'm remembering that I was probably around 10 years old. (I was born in 1948.) Allen Robert was long deceased when I visited. I live in Chesapeake, VA. (about 20 miles inland from VA Beach.) I was born and raised in Charleston and moved to VA after I graduated from Glenville State College. I did teach one year in Ripley and I knew Uncle Glenn and Aunt Kathleen and all the children. Again, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. Warmest regards to you, Martha Ellen Mann Perkins ( I was named after Martha Ellen Halstead Mann, Allen Robert Mann's mother.)
July 9, 2018
The world is a less dignified place without Mr. Mann in it. He will bless all those he meets in the next journey with his genuine, intelligent and giving human spirit. He touched lives and provided lasting life lessons, and I am a living example of how far his effortless efforts go back. He certainly was the high bar on how to love and treat one's spouse and children. But the biggest of lessons was to do the right thing by everyone, even if they didn't know what was good for them at the time. In fact, never once did he call off school in Raleigh County because Sam and I just didn't want to go, despite the compelling cases we presented multiple times :) Seems his decisions were always about the safety of children and employees...go figure.
Shalom to all the family and friends of this kind man. He lives on in deed and spirit in all who had the privilege to know him.