OBITUARY

Thomas Haynes Mann Sr.

August 7, 1932January 7, 2011

Thomas Haynes Mann, Sr. was born on August 7, 1932 in Bristol, Virginia to Willis and Mattie (Townsend) Mann. Following his childhood in Bristol, he moved to California to work for Lockheed Corporation. In 1952, during the Korean War, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his service in Korea, he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was then assigned to Killeen Base, Texas where he met and later married Gloria Henrietta Cosper at Killeen Base Chapel. Soon after their wedding, he was assigned to Stuttgart, Germany, and while in Germany, their first child, Brenda Lynn Mann was born. After Germany, he returned stateside to Fort Bliss, Texas and then another tour in Korea. Before he was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, their second child, Thomas Haynes Mann, Jr. was born. He was then assigned to Kitzingen, Germany; a combat tour in Vietnam; and finally Fort Hood, Texas where he retired from active duty at the rank of Sergeant First Class in 1972. Awards and Decorations he earned during active duty military service include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal with 5 Knots, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

After retirement from his active duty military career, Tom began a second career at Fort Hood, Texas and in 1995, after 20 years, retired from the U.S. Government Civilian Service as a quality assurance inspector.

Tom was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He also loved and had a significant impact on many other people including nephews, nieces, and many other extended family members and friends. Beyond family and friends, he brought great joy to thousands of children through his volunteer service in Killeen during the Christmas holidays for more than 20 years (Ho, Ho, Ho!!!). Tom was an avid hunter (and loved cooking for his hunting buddies), golfer, extremely loyal Dallas Cowboys fan, and NASCAR fan and in past years was very active in Masonic Lodge functions. He loved his family dearly and had a special bond with each and every one of them, always providing a strong moral compass and leading by example. Among other travels, for many years, cruise vacationing with family and friends was a special pleasure. He especially enjoyed treating his family to cruises; the most special trip being a fairytale week when they were joined by more than thirty friends and other family members to celebrate his and Gloria’s fiftieth wedding anniversary in December, 2009. The ship’s captain renewed their wedding vows, followed by the Lutheran service performed by Tom and Gloria’s Pastor Ray Zischang.

Mr. Mann was baptized and was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, which was founded by his wife’s great-great grandfather, the Rev. H.F. Daude, in 1889. He was a dedicated volunteer, generously supporting his children in their school activities and his local community; always willing to help a friend. He was a charter member of the Celebrate Killeen Committee and remained active until his death. He was also a member of Killeen Masonic Lodge #1125, AF & AM., a 32d degree Scottish Rite member, Valley of Waco, Orient of Texas, Order of Eastern Star, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as an affiliated organization, The Military Order of the Cootie of the U.S.

Mr. Mann went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 7, 2011. He passed peacefully with his wife of 51 years and both children by his side. He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Mann, his mother, Mattie (Townsend) Mann, and brother Donald Mann, all of Bristol, VA. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Henrietta (Cosper) Mann of Killeen, TX; daughter, Brenda Lynn (Mann) Coleman and husband John of Weatherford, TX; son, Thomas Haynes Mann, Jr. and wife Marian Patricia (Cummings) Mann of Southlake, TX; grandson, David Haynes Coleman of Weatherford, TX; grand-daughter, Faith Arley Coleman of Weatherford, TX; grandson, Thomas Haynes Mann, III of Southlake, TX; and grand-daughter, Erin Marie Mann of Southlake, TX, brothers Harry Martin Mann of Bristol, VA, Eddie Eugene Mann and wife Carolyn of Bristol, TN and Landon Willis Mann and wife Carol, also of Bristol, VA, a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends. The family will receive visitors on Monday, January 10, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers funeral Home in Killeen. Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Killeen, Texas, on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial with full military and Masonic honors at Live Oak Cemetery, Youngsport, TX.

The family would like to especially thank each of the caring and compassionate health care providers, pastoral care team and other staff members of Metroplex Adventist Hospital, whose lives and care embraced not only Mr. Mann but his entire family during the final weeks of his earthly life. Additional heartfelt thanks to his extended family and many friends who so faithfully lifted Mr. Mann and his family in continual prayer. Special thanks also to Pastor Ray, Vicar Mike and Mr. Mann’s church family at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the staff of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, and the staff of Scott and White Memorial Hospital, who assisted Mr. Mann in his courageous battle with cancer.

Serving as pallbearers are: Billy Ray Carroll of Temple, TX; Mark Lethco, Craig Langford, Wayne Cosper Jr, and Scott Cosper, all of Killeen, TX; David Coleman of Weatherford, TX; Christopher Doose IV of Austin, TX; and Craig Alan Langford II of Killeen, TX.

The family requests that memorials be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church building fund, 1104 N. 4th St., Killeen, TX 76541.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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January 13, 2011

To Gloria and family, all of Haynes brothers and sister,
We are praying for you and remember that God can give you the peace and joy to overcome the loss of Haynes. Love always,
Don & Jean Smith and family

Machin McHargue

January 12, 2011

Mrs. Mann,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard. Many blessings to you and your family during this most difficult time. --SSG Machin McHargue

Bethany Gebur

January 11, 2011

Gloria I was so sad to hear of your loss. I wanted to be there but please know I will praying for you not only today but in the days and weeks ahead. I pray that God holds you tightly through and gives you the peace and strength to get through each day. I love you.

Marc Ayub

January 11, 2011

Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Elaine Perry

January 11, 2011

Gloria -i'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You were so very supportive of me when I lost my husband and you will certainly be in my prayers. If there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know, 254.793.0166

Darlene Snow

January 11, 2011

Dear Glo, Brenda, Tommy and family-
Please know that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. "Pops" has and always will have a very special place in my heart. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him and to have witnessed the special bond that each of you shared with him individually, and as a family.
May the Lord comfort each of you today, and may He give you a peace that only He can give in the days ahead.

Darrell Langford

January 11, 2011

"To Gloria, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers."

January 11, 2011

Gloria and Family, May the memories you have comfort you.
The memories and what is in your heart will never be taken from you. I am sure that, you have some wonderful memories, that you will cherish for ever.

Gloria, Brenda, Tommy and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless

Stanley & Sandra Mann and family
Bristol, Tn.

Gene, Melanie, Swing and Bo Mann

January 11, 2011

We love you all! We will miss him! God bless you! I am so sorry for your loss!

January 10, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Thomas Mann. I worked with his brother Harry M. Mann for twenty, plus years. Regards, Mildred Statzer