Dr. Joseph Manora

March 6, 1947November 17, 2013
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Dr. Joseph Manora passed away at his home in Midwest City, OK on November 17, 2013 at the age of 66. He was born in Montgomery, AL March 6, 1947 to Malachi Manora, Sr. and Willie Mae (Barnett) Manora. Joseph claimed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. , at Oak Grove Baptist Church, even leading Sunday School at Oak Grove Baptist Church when he was a young teenager. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (Class of 1965) in Montgomery, AL.

After high school, Joseph joined the U.S. Air Force. He proudly served his country and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1988 as a SMSGT after several tours throughout the world including Greece, Italy, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. He continued his higher education getting an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology from Rose State College, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration at Oklahoma City University, and a doctorate’s degree in Business Administration from La Salle University.

On April 10, 1971, Joseph was united in marriage to Odessa (Rozier) Manora in Hawkinsville, GA. They were happily married for over 42 years and had five children. Joseph was an excellent cook and gardener. He loved being with his family and hosting family reunions. He especially enjoyed watching OU Football with his son. He owned and managed the Manora Collegiate Consulting Firm and worked for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration for over 23 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Kareem Ralon Manora and Hiram Manora; one daughter: Shalilah Manora; three brothers: Jimmy Lee Manora, John Kent Manora and John Manora, Sr.; and two sisters: Lily Manora and Mary Belle (Manora) Purdue.

Joseph is lovingly remembered by his wife, Odessa (Rozier) Manora of Midwest City, OK; one daughter: Shamara Manora of Port Arthur, TX; one son: Ramil Manora of Norman, OK; three brothers: Malachi Manora, Jr. (wife - Lottie) of Montgomery, AL, Carl Manora (wife - Diane) of Allen, TX, and Rufus Manora (wife - Cathie) of Dothan, AL; one sister: Julia Mae (Manora) Williams of Montgomery, AL; one brother-in-law: John Frank Rozier (wife - Cathy) of Los Angeles, CA; three sister-in-laws: Emma (Freeman) Manora and Golden Manora of Montgomery, AL, and Elizabeth (Washington) Cummings of Cochran, GA; and a host of other nieces, nephews and family members. Memorial services will be held at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Funeral Home at 6:00pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013, with funeral services and burial at 1:00pm Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL (Macedonia Community).

“Close the Book, but Remember the Story.”


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dr. Joseph Manora

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November 25, 2013

To Malachi and Family.,
My name is Queen Ashe Rumph. Your family member's funeral was on the 22nd and my sister's was on the 23rd. You have our deepest sympathy. Our paths probably crossed at the funeral home and we did not know each other. Charlie is still in Montgomery. Look him up.

Faith Mosley

November 23, 2013

Joe, rest now you deserve it. Our friendship is something I will value for the rest of my life. We laughed, talked, and you taught me things I never knew. So, enjoy dancing with the angels, laughing and loving as you always did!! Much Love, Faith!! R.I.P. now Joe, see you later...:-)

Rose Hill-Thomas

November 22, 2013

May God continue to bless and keep you in your time of sorrow.

Leonard and Laura McDade Chalk

November 22, 2013

May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time. May beautiful memories of Joseph sustain you during your darkest hour.

virginia patterson

November 22, 2013

To the family i'm sad to hear of Joseph's passing, he was friends with my brother Samuel Smith and we all grew up in Macedonia community and we were like one big happy family.

Dallas and Judith Smith

November 22, 2013

To Shamora and family. We express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this most difficult time. Rely on God's strength because His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness. We love you all and will continue to lift you up in our prayers.

Mary Lightfoot

November 21, 2013

Dearest Shamara May the grace of God and his peace be with you in your time of bereavement. Know that I'm praying for you and your family. .God bless you and I love you.

Shanenka Livingston

November 21, 2013

May the quiet places of your heart be filled with sweet echoes of love and memory. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. The kids and I miss and love you very much and we are praying for you.
Love; Shanenka, Lil Jimmy, Jalyn and Janiya

Alma Juneau

November 21, 2013

To the Manora Family may the peace of God abide with you. Just know that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Shamara even in the sadness of losing your Dad, may there be comfort in remembering him. May there be moments of gratitude for all that he was, and always will be, to you. Love you girl! Praying for you an your family.

James Flanders

November 21, 2013

Sorry for your loss man. This is sad