Deacon Frank Washington Manley I, son of the late Deacon Albert L. Manley Sr. and Deaconess Thelma A. Manley, was born September 1, 1944, in Donalsonville, Georgia. He was the youngest of six children; four
siblings–Albert L. Manley Jr., Claudette M. Salter, Theodric Manley Sr. and Billie J. Dempsey–preceded him in death.
He joined Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist church at an early age. There, he worked untiringly until his health prevented him from performing his duties. He was a member of the Deacons Staff, Senior Choir, Finance Committee and the Laymen Organization. In addition, Deacon Manley was a member of the Executive Board of the First Flint
River Missionary Baptist Association.
Deacon Manley received his elementary and high school education from the Seminole County Training School. He
was a graduating member of the Class of 1962.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Ella Mae Register, who preceded him in death, and to their union were born three daughters: Carolyn, Lawaratta and Pamela. Later he met and married Vera Mae Thomas. This union, in addition
to her two children Jennifer and Darrell, was blessed with one son, Frank II.
Deacon Manley loved farming, and he was an avid fisherman. He spent many years working in Law Enforcement, becoming the first African-American Police Chief of the City of Donalsonville in the late 1970s and 1980s. He worked for the Seminole County Board of Education as a School Resource Officer and School Bus Driver. Later,
he worked at the Donalsonville Hospital as a Security Guard. His failing health forced him into early retirement.
Deacon Manley departed this earthly life on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at his residence. He will surely be missed.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories his wife of 46 years, Deaconess Vera M. Manley; six children: Carolyn J. Speight (Morris L. I) of Jakin, GA, Lawaratta D. Bryant (Wayne Sr.), Jennifer J. Price, both of Donalsonville, GA, Pamela Manley (R. L. Vickers) of Dothan, AL, Thomas D. Price (Andrea) of Germany, and Frank W. Manley II (Mirasol) of Hilo, HI ; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Willie James Haynes of Miami, FL; one sister, Bobbie J. Blue (John) of Donalsonville, GA; seven brothers-in-law: Charlie Tolbert of Jakin, GA, Coach Thomas Jr. (Regina) of Falls Church, VA, Carlton Thomas of High Point, NC, Luredell Thomas of Haslet, TX, Tony Thomas of Jacksonville, FL, Clem Copeland, and Douglas Register (Gwen), both of Donalsonville, GA; eleven sisters-in-law: Cathelene Register, Annie Ruth Barber, both of Donalsonville, GA, Evelyn Thomas, Marie Reynolds (Roger), both of High Point, NC, Eloise Tisdale (Richard) of Jackson, NJ, Rosetta Brown (R. D.), Relois Williams (Jay Lindsey), Carrie Woodard, Jennifer Jennings of Lake Worth, FL, Winnie Copeland of Macon, GA, and Vira D. Chunn (Robert) of Dania, FL; two uncles, Kenneth Z. King (Lois) of Lauderhill, FL and Charles King of Tampa, FL; one aunt, Elmer Ree King, New Orleans, LA; a host of nieces and nephews whom he cherished and who loved their "Uncle Sonny"; and many cousins and sorrowing friends.
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