|Deeply Rooted - Growing Strong
|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
|Red Oak Softball Team 2012
Mrs. Rena Lowery Manning, 88, died Friday, June 10, 2016. She was the 15th child of John Raymond and Sarah
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pinewood
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
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 www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com