Brona Cockman McManus

September 23, 1911November 11, 2012

Mrs. Brona Cockman McManus, 101, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Clearwater, FL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 16, 2012, at Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel with Dr. Alton Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery.

Of the nine children born to the late Carson and Lura Marley Cockman, Brona was the last surviving child. She was one of the members of the “original” Asheboro Street Baptist Church and later a member of Sharpe Road Baptist Church. Thru the years, Brona worked at the original Mayfair Cafeteria in the 1930’s, then went to work for Belk’s on Elm St., and later Montaldos. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. In addition to her parents and siblings, Brona was preceded in death by her husband M.H. McManus.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Brenda M. Sims of Stuart, Va. and Marilyn M. Cantrell of Clearwater, Fl.; three grandsons, Don Allen of Clearwater, Fl., Kyle Burnette of Stuart, Va., and Kevin Burnette of Greensboro; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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Eddie and Sheila Handy

November 19, 2012

Brona will be greatly missed by many generations in our neighborhood..the Lee Street and Sharpe Road areas.

Linda McManus

November 16, 2012

We celebrate the fact that you have had Brona for 101 years and now she has gone to live with the Lord. She was such a sweet, loving lady all her life. And she had two beautiful girls. God bless you all and care for you at this time of sorrow.

Bill Kirkman Jr.

November 16, 2012

My memories of Brona go way back to my childhood,I remember going to visit at various times with Dad and Grandma Pearl. She was always in a good mood and so fun to be around. I can still hear her unique voice in my head when I think of her and her laugh was infectious, I loved to hear her laugh. It was an honor to have known her and I look forward to seeing her again in heaven.

Martha Crump

November 15, 2012

I am sorry to hear that Brona has passed away, but what a blessing to have 101 years! Somehow I am not surprised she made it to 101, she was always active in the years I knew her and full of life. I always loved to go over and visit your mother when I was growing up. She always made me feel welcome and special. Martba