Sarah Matthews Manning

February 26, 1936September 12, 2020

Sarah Navada Matthews Manning was born to A. Nick and Gertrude Coleman Mathews on February 26, 1936 in Bascom (Jackson County), Florida. She is survived by three children, Matthew Jonathan Manning of Columbus, Georgia, Phillip Mark Manning (Whitney) of Big Canoe, Georgia, and Mary Ellen Manning of Montgomery, Alabama; four grandchildren, Whitney Hammock (Brandon) of Columbus, Georgia, Meredith Jensen (Jared) of Patterson, New York, Madelyn Arihara (Kota) of Cusco, Peru and Connor Manning of Big Canoe, Georgia; two great-grandchildren, Skye and Carter Hammock of Columbus, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, as well as a large spiritual family of brothers and sisters. Sarah, a longtime resident of Montgomery, Alabama passed away peacefully at home on September 12, 2020 after an extended illness and was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 63 years, Albert Wilson Manning; five brothers, Sidney, Clyde, A.A. (Buddy Boy), Robert & Coleman and three sisters, Deora, Myrtle & Katherine (Coonie).

Sarah studied the Bible in earnest and willingly dedicated herself to Jehovah God, symbolizing her dedication by water baptism on May 18, 1951. While attending Massey Draughn Business College in Montgomery, Sarah met, fell in love with her dear Albert and married him on April 10, 1955. Together they initially attended the Montgomery South Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She had deep respect for her husband (Ephesians 5:33) as he fulfilled his spiritual duties within the Congregation while maintaining her own spirituality, jointly raising their children in the Truth and working full time. After moving across town, the family began attending the Montgomery North Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses where Sarah remained an active publisher of Bible Truth until her death.

After working with Philco, Montgomery Fair (Gayfers, now Dillards), Massey Draughn Business College and the Alabama State Senate, Sarah retired from the State after 20 years of service as the personal secretary for several senators. She particularly loved gardening. The flowers in the beds of her yard and on the patios surely reflected how she envisioned the Paradise conditions soon to be restored here on the Earth. Her loyalty and hard work ethic were observed and commented on by all, and her children strive to imitate these same qualities.

Sarah was not all work and no play. She loved to cook, play games, go on vacation, laze about in the pool and host parties. She was the buttress to her family, and we look forward to welcoming her back when we enter into the New System of Things.

Due to the COVID-19 environment that we now live in, and based on the Amended Safer at Home Health Order for Alabama in conjunction with the CDC’ s Considerations for Events and Gatherings and Safety For Households, the family will have a Private Visitation at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home followed by a Private Celebration of Life Graveside Service and Burial at Alabama Heritage Cemetery on Saturday, September 19, 2020. To quote Proverbs 22:3, “The shrewd one sees the danger (COVID-19) and conceals himself (safer at home).” We love our extended families and friends and “seek not (our) own advantage, but that of the other person” (1 Corinthians 10:24) and will provide a link to a Memorial Service tentatively scheduled for October 10, 2020 at 11:00 am CST. The family would like to extend our thanks to all who have expressed their love and support during our time of loss and invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories by visiting


  • Wilburn Mitchell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jesse Thomas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Connor Manning, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randall Shell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Johnny Ledbetter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kota Arihana, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wayne Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Alexander, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Culverhouse, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Hammock, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jared Jensen, Honorary Pallbearer


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Kremarti and Malissa Bailey

September 22, 2020

Our Dear, Dear Ones. Please know we are so very sorry that you have seen this time. Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers go out to you and for you. Sarah has always been in our lives. For this we are grateful. She has been our neighbor, our co-worker, our spiritual sister and a mother. Thank you for sharing her.

Sarah is sleeping now. (John 11:11) She is in Jehovah’s loving memory awaiting his call. Dear Ones, he will call. Sarah will answer. (Job 14:15) Like Jehovah, we long for that call. Soon.

Jehovah’s eyes are on the righteous. His ears are listening for your cry. (Psalm 34:15) Keep feeling Jehovah’s helping hand in your time of distress. Soon.

It is evident that the Bible’s promise of a resurrection is very real to each of you. Preserve in your hearts this hope. Spend the days imagining the time when those sleeping in death will be brought back to life! (John 11:25) Embrace your hope. Cling to it like you will cling to Sarah when she rises. Soon.

“The One seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new.’ Dear Ones, “these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5)

Soon. Soon.

Kremarti and Malissa Bailey

Beverly Bushman

September 21, 2020

Memories are everlasting. Rest in peace, Sarah.

Linda Christt

September 19, 2020

I have known Sarah since 1975, first when I was a student at and when she worked for Massey Draughn and later when I worked for the Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss.

Sharon Jensen

September 15, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Manning family. Long records of faithful service, like your father's and mother's, help us all to keep enduring to the end. How grateful we are to have the truth and know your precious mother will never suffer in pain again, and you will get the joy of seeing her healthy in the resurrection! Until then, may our loving heavenly Father hold you close. Psalm 42: 8 "By day Jehovah will grant me his loyal love, And by night his song will be with me—a prayer to the God of my life."
Christian love,
Sharon Jensen 🌹

Zak Ay

September 13, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Grief can be hard, but your precious memories can lessen the sting.
Revelation 21:4: “He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Such blessings will be accomplished through God’s Kingdom, as we all pray for in the Lord's prayer (Matthew 6:9-11)


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