OBITUARY

William Terrell Manasco

September 12, 1950January 9, 2019
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William Terrell Manasco, 68 of Lake Jackson, TX passed on January 9, 2019. Terrell was born to Marlin and Cornelia Manasco on September 12, 1950 in Haleyville, AL. Terrell was enjoying life being retired from The Dow Chemical Company where he worked for 38 years and retired in 2012. Terrell Manasco was an accomplished teacher and Grand Master in Chinese martial arts. He began his martial arts journey by attending different schools, ultimately settling on Nei Wai Chia Martial Arts Academy in 1998. He trained with Sigung Dan Suchon, Sijo Larry Sanders, and many other Master and Grandmaster teachers in the traditional Chinese arts, including Yang and Sun style tai chi and Bok Pai Shaolin Iron Palm. Through dedication he achieved the Nei Wai Chia rank of 5th degree black sash teaching tai chi, iron palm, and the other styles to hundreds of students at the academy and around the country.

Terrell’s love of and skills in iron palm grew and in March of 2000, he became a Certified Iron Palm Practitioner, Iron Palm International, by Grandmaster Brian Gray. He was later promoted to the rank of Master of the Iron Palm Skills, and in 2015 was given the highest honor of Grandmaster of the Iron Palm and recognized as one of the elite iron palm practitioners in the world.

Terrell was featured in a popular selling issue of Inside Kung Fu and a 2-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was honored by the Martial Arts Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be missed by his students and teachers alike.

Terrell is preceded in death by his father Marlin, his mother Cornelia and his brother Ralph Manasco. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents Mayo and Beatrice Barton of Lynn, AL also John Harvey and Lillie Manasco of Nauvoo, AL. Terrell is survived by his sister Pam Earnest and her husband Alan Earnest. His daughter Jennifer Ainsworth and her husband Tommy Ainsworth. His son Brent Manasco and his wife Amber Manasco. Also, his grandchildren Ashleigh Manasco, Hanna Manasco, Bailey Manasco, Sheldon Manasco, Kayla Ainsworth and Trevor Ainsworth.

  • FAMILY

  • Terrell is survived by his sister Pam Earnest and her husband Alan Earnest. His daughter Jennifer Ainsworth and her husband Tommy Ainsworth. His son Brent Manasco and his wife Amber Manasco. Also, his grandchildren Ashleigh Manasco, Hanna Manasco, Bailey Manasco, Sheldon Manasco, Kayla Ainsworth and Trevor Ainsworth.

Services

  • A Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Terrell's Life Monday, January 14, 2019
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Dan Wand

January 21, 2019

I was honored to have met Terrell when we moved into our home next door to him. Terrell was the first of our neighbors to welcome my wife and I. He often would stop by to talk and could be quite the comic when regaling stories. But, it was his kind voice that grabbed your attention. He would offer help or step in to pick up our mail or watch over our home when we would leave for a few days without even asking. I saw him the day before he passed as I was tending my yard but I wasn't able to wave hello. This I truly regret. He was a kind soul and will be missed by my wife and I.

David Eugene Hudgins

January 15, 2019

Sorry to hear of Terrells' passing. We were classmates back in elementary school. There was no way I was going to miss his service. Before I left the house I went through a collection of school pictures, and found 4 of Terrell. I brought them with me, and saw Pam. I told her I brought him with me. I gave her those pictures I had over 50 years. She said that her kids have not seen those pictures. I was glad she was liking the pictures.

Kathy Sims

January 14, 2019

I only had the privilege of knowing Terrell for the last year through tai chi. He was a patient, encouraging instructor who made it a joy just to be a part of the class. I regret that he will not be able to teach me Iron Palm like we had planned but I am grateful for the time I had learning from him. Sahgien Sibok. Shey shey Ni. Good bye master. Thank you very much.

Robert Taylor

January 14, 2019

My condolences to the family, I'm very sorry for your loss. I first met Sibok Terrell in 2006, when I started taking Tai Chi at the Nei Wai Chia Martial Arts Academy. It had been a week before the Festival of Lights in Lake Jackson, TX, so I did not participate in the demonstration but I went to watch. I was absolutely amazed at his magic like abilities and could not wait to begin my own Iron Palm training. I distinctly remember how hot his hands felt after his breaking demo, and how fragile my hand felt when we shook hands. After many hours training in his garage, along with Shangji Dan Suchon's teaching, Sibok Terrell helped me attain an Iron Palm. I throughly enjoyed training with him, especially watching him doing his signature break! I'd feel this amazing splash of energy as he delivered the strikes! That's the "critter," he'd say with a smile and a chuckle. Amazing power, yet it took mere moments to see his gentle soul. After 12 years of training together, and having a few beers watching MMA fights and other sporting events at Beef's, I will miss most of all, that gentle soul, hardy laugh, and great sense humor. And from one Trekkie to another, Qapla' and [loud barbaric yell] AAAAAARRRRRGGGG! God, a warrior is on his way to you in heaven!

Terry Morris

January 14, 2019

I met Terrell "Lighting" years ago and found out real quick that he was one of those guys you just can't help but like. We not only worked together but also worked out at the same gym. He would be doing a set with more weight than I even weigh and always say, "Your Turn" like me and two other people my size could lift it. He got the name "Lighting" at work because of how slow he moved at work if someone tried to hurry him up. He would always say "I only have two speeds and you don't want to see the other one" but everyone knew he would do the task correctly. He loved his kids and was very proud of them. He also loved his martial arts and was always practicing. He was a super nice guy and I will miss him and know he is showing off his skills up in Heaven.

Joe Love

January 14, 2019

I first met Grandmaster Terrell Manasco at a week long Nei Wai Chia Martial Arts retreat many years ago. Grandmaster Terrell Manasco demonstrated his iron palm skills one night for all who were in attendance. His impressive skills and abilities left a lasting mark on me to this day. I last spoke to Terrell at the Grandmaster Brian Gray’s Iron Palm Conference this past October where his skills and professionalism shined along with Grand Masters Brian Gray and Damian Fedorko. Later in the evenings when we met for food and drinks, we enjoyed great conversation and friendship.
Terrell was very friendly and easy going and I am very proud to be able to say he was my friend and he will be greatly missed.

Brandy (West) Vrana

January 13, 2019

The circumstances of how your father's death occurred are unknown to me. Whether you had time to prepare or not, the amount of sorrow felt is equal. Just know that now he enjoys eternal retirement with two old camping friends: my Dad and Uncle David. No telling what stories they are sharing now!!
Take comfort from your family and loved ones.

Max Tirtowidjojo

January 13, 2019

Terrell was one of my Taichi instructors for about a couple of years. In a video I made in one of his iron palm public demonstrations, I became aware that he had broken a cement brick before touching it as shown in the attached frame.

Despite of his super human capability, Terrell remained very humble and generous in sharing his knowledge. While we will miss him, I’m sure he had inspired many that know him...

Sharon West

January 13, 2019

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Terrell. When our children were children, our families went camping together. There were several of us that would go once a month. It was a fun time. My thoughts and prayers to his children and family.

Damian Fedorko

January 13, 2019

We were at Shaolin San for a conference. One morning, Terrell wants to show me something. We go to a park not too far from the Kwoon. He takes me to tree and shows me how to hit the tree with different hand postures. Thus, my tree training begins thanks to my Brother and best friend, Terrell "Iron Bull" Manasco. R.I.P. My Brother. You will be missed.

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Biography

Terrell was born to Marlin and Cornelia Manasco on September 12, 1950 in Haleyville, AL. Terrell was enjoying life being retired from The Dow Chemical Company where he worked for 38 years and retired in 2012.

Terrell Manasco was an accomplished teacher and Grand Master in Chinese martial arts. He began his martial arts journey by attending different schools, ultimately settling on Nei Wai Chia Martial Arts Academy in 1998. He trained with Sigung Dan Suchon, Sijo Larry Sanders, and many other Master and Grandmaster teachers in the traditional Chinese arts, including Yang and Sun style tai chi and Bok Pai Shaolin Iron Palm. Through dedication he achieved the Nei Wai Chia rank of 5th degree black sash teaching tai chi, iron palm, and the other styles to hundreds of students at the academy and around the country.

Terrell’s love of and skills in iron palm grew and in March of 2000, he became a Certified Iron Palm Practitioner, Iron Palm International, by Grandmaster Brian Gray. He was later promoted to the rank of Master of the Iron Palm Skills, and in 2015 was given the highest honor of Grandmaster of the Iron Palm and recognized as one of the elite iron palm practitioners in the world.

Terrell was featured in a popular selling issue of Inside Kung Fu and a 2-time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was honored by the Martial Arts Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be missed by his students and teachers alike.