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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Wilmington  Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403   910-791-9099.


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  • July 11, 2017
    Kellie Ford says:
    Todd & Kara.... So sorry to hear about your loss. We are all thinking about your during this difficult time. Sending love, thoughts and prayers.

  • July 11, 2017
    Greg Bunn says:
    Todd & Family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your father sounded like an amazing man rooted in the word of God. No doubt he is walking at His side now! -Greg

  • July 11, 2017
    Gayle Greene says:
    Todd, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at Wake Tech. I know you were hoping to have more time with your father. I'm sure he will remain with you in spirit.

  • July 12, 2017
    Doug and Sophie Jordan says:
    We have very happy memories of our times with your Dad. One particularly stands out and that is the time that you and Christie brought him to our home for Thanksgiving dinner. Another time you brought him for a visit. We are blessed that we had those special times with him and they will be cherished. Besides being close to our Lord, he made everyone feel close to him. Although our time with him was short, we will think of him often. He fought a long and hard battle but has left a legacy among everyone he knew.