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Deaconess Vera Mae Thomas Price Manley, daughter of the late Deacon Coach Thomas II and Deaconess Annie Lois Patterson Thomas, was born March 22, 1944, in Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia. She was the third child of fourteen; seven siblings–Verdell Thomas, Elnora Tolbert, Shirley Ann Thomas, Mildred Black, Larry Thomas, Coach Thomas III, and Eloise Tisdale–preceded her in death.
She joined Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Perry Simmons Sr. There she worked untiringly until her health failed. She was a member of the Deaconess Board, Missionary Board and Senior Choir.
Deaconess Manley received her primary and secondary education from Bethel High School in Miller County, Georgia. She was a member of the graduating class of 1963.
Deaconess Manley was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. James Price. Their union was blessed with two children, Jennifer and Thomas. Later, she met and married Mr. Frank W. Manley. In addition to his three children Carolyn, Lawaratta and Pamela, their union together was blessed with one son Frank W. Manley II.
Deaconess Manley loved fishing and reading novels. She spent many years working in education. She was employed by the Seminole County Board of Education, working as a Paraprofessional and School Bus Driver.
Deaconess Manley departed this earthly life on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Georgia. She will surely be missed.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories six children: Carolyn J. Speight (Morris I) of Jakin, Georgia, Lawaratta D. Bryant (Wayne Sr.), Jennifer J. Price, both of Donalsonville, Georgia, Pamela Manley of Dothan, Alabama, Thomas D. Price (Andrea) of Geislingen an der Steige, Germany, and Frank W. Manley II (Mirasol) of Hilo, Hawaii; ten grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; three sisters: Cathelene Register of Donalsonville, Georgia, Evelyn Thomas, and Marie Reynolds of High Point, North Carolina; three brothers: Carlton Thomas of High Point, North Carolina, Luredell Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tony Thomas of Orange Park, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Regina Thomas of Falls Church, Virginia, and Deaconess Bobbie Blue of Donalsonville, Georgia; three brothers-in-law: Charles Tolbert Sr. of Jakin, Georgia, Richard Tisdale of Tom Rivers, New Jersey, and Deacon John Blue of Donalsonville, Georgia; one aunt, Emma Montgomery of South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.