Joseph Rudolph Manning

June 6, 1930 - August 2, 2012
Joseph Rudolph Manning


Captain Joseph Rudolph “Rudy” Manning, USMC Retired, passed away Thursday August 2, 2012 at his home.

He was born in Chenaultt, Kentucky on June 6, 1930.

Joe served in the US Marine Corps with tours in Korea and Vietnam, retired as a Captain in 1969, and again retired from Sears in 1990. He was an avid and generous fisherman who loved taking family and friends out on his boats. He was an active and founding member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice Kerr Manning, seven children, Rebecca (Ronald) Stauffer, Robert Manning, Brenda (Tony) Croom, John Manning, Rosemary (Charles) Britt, Jeffrey Manning (William Spruill), Thomas (Shawn) Manning; grandchildren, Joseph, Zackery (Lauren), Adam, Jennifer (Jonny), Amanda, Jessica (Tanner), Hannah, Kai, Fisher, and Tony, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Lily, Summer, and Slater. Brothers, Jennings, George, and Marion; and sisters, Amelia and Janie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Letitia Manning, and brothers, Earl, David, and John.

The family will see friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday August 3, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Mass of Resurrection will be held 11 am Saturday, August 4, 2012 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. A reception will follow at St. Mark Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church Building Fund or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 09, 2012
    Bill Collins says:
    So sorry for your loss. We felt privileged to know Mr. Manning and the whole Manning family. You truly made us feel like a part of it when we visited. I'll never forget trolling for Spanish for the first time with him. He was a kind and generous man. He will be missed. Love, Bill and Mary-Anne

  • August 07, 2012
    Estelle Bradshaw says:
    Bob, Brenda and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Estelle Bradshaw Jeb & Stephanie Bradshaw Jennifer Dauphinais

  • August 02, 2012
    Eric and Kristen Stovall says:
    We are sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Joseph at the Stauffer get togethers, but we know his presence will still be there in the personalities of his family. May you be comforted knowing that he is at peace. A little quote from Kristen and I: Death of a loved one leaves a feeling no one can heal, however you are left with a memory no one can take away. We are thinking of your family and keeping you in our prayers. Love Eric and Kristen

  • August 03, 2012
    Lori Manning Taylor says:
    Uncle Rudy you will be greatly missed, I know we didn't get to visit very often but when we did you and Mary made us feel right at home. I will never forget as a child going to memaw and pops excited to see your truck pull up from North Carolina with all your kids jumping out of the back of it. Your legacy will live on forever, love you!!!

  • August 03, 2012
    Donna Malpass Mullen says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, Mr.Manning was a wonderful caring man and I feel honored that I had the chance to know him. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.