Deeply Rooted    -    Growing Strong
A History of Red Oak Christian Church
Red Oak Christian Church 100th. Anniversary celebration
Red Oak Founders Day Celebration - April 4, 1996
Children's Program - Dec. 6, 2009
CWF/CMF Christmas Dinner - Dec. 6, 2009
CMF Annual Valentine's Dinner - Feb. 14, 2010
Eastmen Quartet Performance - Mar. 7, 2010
Hot Dog Cookout  March 21, 2010
Easter Musical "It All Happened in the City"  
Easter Egg Hunt  April 3, 2010
Sunrise Service - April 4, 2010
Rev. Dean & Liz Luther Wedding - May 29, 2010
June 13, 2010 Fellowship Luncheon (burgers on the grill)
Dean Luther's Re-Dedication July 11, 2010
Some of the activities in our church in 2009 and 2010

CMF's Annual BBQ Chicken Plate Sale
CWF's Annual Chicken Salad Plate and Bazaar - Nov. 7, 2009
VBS 2010- A Prayer Safari
ROCC Annual BBQ Chicken Plate Sale Oct. 23, 2010
Hookerton District Union Meeting hosted by Red Oak Chirstian Church; Oct. 28,
CWF Annual Chicken Salad Plate & Bazaar 2010
CWF Annual Christmas Dinner - Dec. 5, 2010
Chili Challenge - Jan. 23, 2011
Jan. 2011 CWF Meeting (A house warming for Charlene)
CMF's  Annual Valentine's Party - Feb. 13, 2011
Relay for Life Yard Sale - March 5, 2011
Message by Lisa Allen and Friends - March 27, 2011
Easter Cantata - "Behold the Lamb"  April 17, 2011
ROCC 140th Anniversary Luncheon -  April 17, 2011
Maundy Thursday Service - April 21, 2011
Easter Service - April 24, 2011
Father's Day - June 19, 2011
July 10, 2011 Church Service
VBS Begins - July 24, 2011
VBS - Day Three - July 26, 2011
VBS - Day  Four - July 27, 2011
VBS - Feeding the Homeless - July 27, 2011
VBS - Day Five - July 28, 2011
VBS - Day Six - July 29, 2011
CMF BBQ Chicken Plate Sale 2011
CWF Annual Chicken Salad Plate and Bazaar 2011
Christmas Eve Service 2011
Christmas Cantata 12 18 11
Jadon Main Baptism
Christmas Day Breakfast & Church Service 12 25 11
CMF's Annual Valentine Party 12 2 12
Anthony Sanchez's Baptism Feb 12, 2012
Christina Singleton's Baptism - Feb. 26, 2012
Maundy Thursday Service 4 5 12
Easter 2012
Red Oak Softball Team 2012
VBS - 2012
Homecoming 2012
CWF Fall Bazaar 2012
Hanging of the Greens
Annual CWF/CMF Christmas Party 2012
12 23 12 - 4th Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve Service 2012
CMF Annual Valentine's Party 2-17-13
Easter Sunday 2013
Mrs. Rena Lowery Manning, 88, died Friday, June 10, 2016. She was the 15th child of John Raymond and Sarah
Catherine Lowery.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pinewood
Memorial Park.
A native of Trenton, N.C., Rena graduated from Trenton High School and received her bachelor's degree in
Business Education and Mathematics from East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University). While
there, she served as the president of the Mathematics Club and organized the Mariah D. Graham Mathematics
Award. Rena briefly taught business subjects at Goldsboro High School. After marriage in 1949 to J.T. Manning
Jr., she served as assistant to the Registrar at East Carolina Teachers College and later taught nursery school at
Mimi's Kindergarten for a few years.
A member of Red Oak Christian Church, Rena was active in all aspects of the Church including Sunday School
teacher for more than 50 years and Youth Leader. She served on the North Carolina State Board of Christian
Churches (Disciples of Christ) for a term. Rena was a member and past president of the Shrinettes of Pitt County,
past president of the Red Oak Extension Homemakers Club and the Pitt County Council of Extension
Homemakers Clubs. After organizing the Red Oak 4-H Club, Rena served as its leader for 14 years. Her
volunteer service also included two terms on Governor Bob Scott's Beautification Committee for the State of North
She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, J.T. Manning Jr., in 2008.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Manning McNeal of Hendersonville, Faye Manning Armstrong and
husband, Stan, of Greenville and Dianne Manning Roper and husband, Tom, of Wake Forest; son, Lt Col. (Ret)
James Thomas "Tommy" Manning III and wife, Anne, of Wilmington; seven grandchildren, Rachel Corbeil of
Hendersonville, Daniel McNeal of Chapel Hill, Stephen McNeal of Gardiner, Mont., Thomas Manning of San
Antonio, Texas, Greta Traxler of Sophia, Crystal Josleyn of Wilmington and Shelley Roper of Wake Forest; and
four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Red Oak Christian Church, 1827 S.W. Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville. Online condolences at