OBITUARY

Pastor Theodore Deering Manning

August 27, 1931February 7, 2020

Pastor Theodore Deering Manning, 88 went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 7, 2020. He was born into a loving family in Ponzer, North Carolina on August 27, 1931. He attended Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, FL but considered Morningstar Family Church in Middleburg, FL his home church. He was called by God to become a minister in 1949 and enrolled in Atlanta Christian College soon after. He attended for 4 years, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry in 1953. While attending Atlanta Christian College (ACC), he became an ambassador for the school as a member of a traveling quartet. The group traveled around the southeast singing and preaching while encouraging young adults to attend ACC. He also was a preaching intern at First Christian Church in Clinton, Illinois in 1951 and the youth minister of First Christian Church of Carrollton, GA during his senior year of college (1952-1953).

After graduating from college, he married Sarah Anne Johnson and they moved to Pinetown, North Carolina where he became a preacher to two congregations, alternating preaching services every other weekend at each church. Those churches were Pinetown Church of Christ and Beaver Dam Church of Christ. In 1956, he accepted a position at First Christian Church of Bluff City, TN. He led this congregation for six years before leaving for Salisbury, NC. where he was called by a group of people to come plant a church in an area that had no Christian church. He started First Christian Church of Salisbury, NC with about 5 families and led that congregation until 1967. The church grew in number and became a thriving congregation. In 1967, First Christian Church of Carrollton, GA called him to return there to become their senior pastor. He pastored there until 1973 when he was called to Florida. He began Orange Park Christian Church which later was renamed Victory Christian Center. He pastored there until his retirement in 2001. After this, he attended Morningstar Family Church where he ministered alongside Pastor Tom Croft for many years until his health failed. He had a lifelong call to the ministry and loved teaching the Word of God to anyone who would listen to him.

He was the youngest of a large family. His parents Fletcher and Katy Manning, brothers Austin, Jimmie, Edward, and Floyd, and sister Kathryn all pre-deceased him. His loving wife Sarah Anne Manning pre-deceased him in 2000. Two grand-daughters Rebekah and Katy Williams pre-deceased him in 2000, and grand-daughter Shannon Manning passed away at birth in 1982. He is survived by his children, Ted Manning, Deborah Manning Williams (Kim), Ginny Manning Benenate, Stephen (Sheri) Manning, and Laura Manning Long. He also has many grand-children and great-grandchildren who love and miss him and are very thankful for his loving legacy and lifetime example of living a life dedicated to Christ.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at New Beginnings Church located at 1134 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32065 with visitation being held 1 hour prior to the service for those who would like to attend. Burial will be held at 2:30 PM at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME AND MEMORIAL PARK, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, FL. Please post words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of T. Deering Manning can be made to Point University, previously known as Atlanta Christian College, at http://point.edu/give or mailed to Point University, Attn: Advancement Department, 507 W 10th St., West Point, GA 31833. The family of T. Deering Manning thanks you for your love and support.

  • FAMILY

  • His parents Fletcher and Katy Manning, brothers Austin, Jimmie, Edward, and Floyd, and sister Kathryn all pre-deceased him. His loving wife Sarah Anne Manning pre-deceased him in 2000. Two grand-daughters Rebekah and Katy Williams pre-deceased him in 2000, and grand-daughter Shannon Manning passed away at birth in 1982. He is survived by his children, Ted Manning, Deborah Manning Williams (Kim), Ginny Manning Benenate, Stephen (Sheri) Manning, and Laura Manning Long. He also has many grand-children and great-grandchildren who love and miss him and are very thankful for his loving legacy and lifetime example of living a life dedicated to Christ.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service for Pastor Theodore Deering Manning

Memories

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Melanie Whittier

February 18, 2020

These are some memories about Pastor Manning, from some he minister to for many years:
He was a great Encourager for others to use their Spiritual Gifting.
His love for God's Word put a hunger in others heart for the Bible.
He had a passion for Missions that encouraged others for the Mission Field.
He was a devoted and faithful teacher of God's Word.
A Pastor of prayer: he established the 6AM Prayer time that lasted for 8 years.
He had a heart for mentoring men in Christ.
He was a loving Caregiver to his wife Sarah.
He was a great Storyteller, and loved to laugh.
A favorite saying of his: This too shall pass.
He taught in a powerful way, that helped many that needed a faithful Pastor.
He was a gentile man that had the love of Jesus in his heart for God's people.
Thank you Pastor Manning, we are your Epistles.

Celia Thames

February 18, 2020

Debby, I loved your parents. When I was going through tough times, they just set another plate at an already full table. They never seemed to mind my staying as long as I needed. No questions, just love.
You once told me that your dad was asked about a picture of you and me and he answered that I was his other daughter that lived in Georgia. You don’t know how much that meant to me.
I’m so sad for your family but I’m happy for him to be in the arms of Jesus and reunited with your mom. God bless you and your family. I love you.

Samuel Manning

February 17, 2020

he is my grandpa and i miss him

Cindy Oakes Harman

February 16, 2020

I met and knew Pastor Manning as a young girl visiting my Aunt Carol Lynne Gibson and Uncle Roger Gibson and their children my cousins Lynne GibsonKrekelberg andJim Gibson in Orange Park Florida as I would come and spend a month in the summer visiting.
I became good friends w his daughter Laura who i still keep in touch with to this day.

We went to church basically every time the doors were open as I was visiting from West Virginia... and as a young girl the seed of the excitement of serving the Lord was planted in my heart.

I will forever remember this wonderful man of God and his family for pointing my heart to Jesus.

Forever grateful...
With love and deep condolences....
Cindy OAKES Harman

John Latimer

February 16, 2020

When I was 12 years old our Vacation Bible School teacher at First Christian in Carrollton gave me a very long part in the closing program. When I finished Pastor Manning put his arm around my shoulders and said, “This boy is going to be a preacher some day!” Little did I know that those were prophetic words leading to 30 years of preaching the gospel. I will always remember him and the divine nudge he gave me that day.

Rachel Phillips

February 15, 2020

When we told my Dad, Ted Manning about his father’s passing, he had a moment of clarity. He said that his Dad was a wonderful preacher, great teacher and loved and cared for so many. Dad also said “Well he’s in heaven with Mama now”. Even though he is sad that he’s gone he also knows that he will see him again one day and that will carry him through this loss.

Rachel Phillips

February 15, 2020

My Grandaddy was more than a grandfather to me. He was my protector, encourager, and most importantly a shining example of walking out my salvation. He was consistent, loving, dependable and a great listener. At the end of every phone call no matter how long or quick it was he always ended it with a prayer and a scripture reminding me to always lean on Christ and to trust Him to order my steps. I love you Grandaddy and I miss you but know that you are celebrating and worshipping our Savior! I will continue to press on in my faith as you have taught me my entire life and I can’t wait to see see you again one day!

Emily Williams

February 15, 2020

One of my favorite memories of my Granddad is when he baptized me. It’s a very special moment and meant a lot to me. I was so honored to have him there and for him to be the one to do it. Thanks Granddad for always loving the Lord and being a wonderful example of Christ. I can’t wait to see you again one day!

Curtis Whittier

February 15, 2020

Very greatful for the times Pastor Manning taught about our Lord Jesus on Sunday mornings. His sermons inspired me during my teenage years. He also baptized me in Lake Asbury when I was a child. So glad my family and I attended his church.

Ginny Benenate

February 14, 2020

Dad,
To me you were always a giant of a man. You were a true servant of the Lord. Your love for God spilled over to everyone around you! To others you were Pastor, friend, or brother. To me you were daddy. You were always there when I needed you! I will always treasure the times we spent together!
I love you!!
Ginny

FROM THE FAMILY