Reverend Harold Manning

August 17, 1927 - July 8, 2017
Reverend Harold Manning


Reverend Harold Manning 89, formerly of Wilmington passed away Saturday July 8, 2017 at The Villages Florida where he has made his home for the past 3 years.

Harold was born in Fulton County, PA on August 17, 1927 the son of the late Elwood and Estella Holt Manning. He was preceded in death by his wife E. Regina (Jean) McCusker Manning in 2007.

Harold graduated from Hampton-Sidney College in 1967 and Union Seminary in Richmond, and before his calling to ministry he was the owner and operator of a plumbing & heating business with Johnson Control in Hagerstown, MD.

After his calling into the ministry in 1968 he was lead to Presbyterian churches in Winchester, Va., Richmond, VA., Castle Hayne, NC.,  Chase City, Va., and Wylliesburg, VA.,. Harold and his wife Jean retired to Wilmington in 1994 and at the time was lead to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, where he pastored until 2014.

Surviving are a son Todd Manning and wife Kara of Fort Lauderdale, FL., daughter Rebecca M. Gibson and husband Maxie of The Villages, FL., sister Effie M. Ward of Hancock, MD. Two grandsons Michael and Brian Gibson and three great-children Grace, Ella and Rory Gibson.

Graveside funeral service will be conducted 11:00 AM Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Reverend Robert C. Bankhead officiating the service.

The family will see friends from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM Tuesday evening at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

The family would like memorials be directed to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church 3736 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412.

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  • July 10, 2017
    Rita Jerman says:
    Dear Todd and Kara, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers and loving thoughts your way.

  • July 10, 2017
    Mary-Ann Baldwin says:
    Dear Todd and Kara, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. May wonderful memories sustain you during this time of sadness. All your friends in Raleigh are missing you and thinking of you. Mary-Ann

  • July 10, 2017
    Wendell Goodwin says:
    Todd, very sorry for your loss, want you to know we are thinking of you and family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • July 11, 2017
    Jimmy and Brenda Walker says:
    Our sympathy goes out to the family during this difficult time. May God be with you. We would attend his Church in Wilmington when visiting from Chase City.

  • July 11, 2017
    Tim Mull says:
    Dear Todd, Becky, and family, I will forever cherish the conversations, laughter, and guidance Harold provided. He and Jean were deeply loved by my family....they became our family. May God's peace surround you during this time and the days ahead. In sympathy, Tim Mull