EAST LIVERPOOL James Richard "Jim" Manley, 85, slipped into Heaven at 6:15 p.m. Friday evening, September 13, 2013, at his home on Grimms Bridge Road, surrounded by family members who have lovingly cared for him throughout his three-month battle with leukemia.
He was born in East Liverpool on December 28, 1927, a son of the late Otto and Mary Jolly Manley.
Jim was a 1945 graduate of East Liverpool High School. During the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne 2nd Division, and was a recipient of the prestigious Purple Heart Medal for military action and meritorious service. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
For over 30 years, Jim was associated with the U.S. Postal Service. He loved following Beaver Local wrestling, and was instrumental in building the sports complex there, receiving a special wrestling jacket for his support. Jim remained a loyal member of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association as well, and especially enjoyed his involvement in the Olde Guard. He was a longtime member of the 1st Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool, where he had served as a board member and an usher, and belonged to the Koinonia Sunday School class.
Surviving him at home is his wife, Edith S. Lane Manley, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 14 of this year.
Jim also leaves behind his children: Cindy McBride and her husband, Robert, of Negley; James H. Manley and his wife, Kim, of East Liverpool; Dan Manley and his wife, Maria, of Bethany, OK; and Doug Manley of East Liverpool.
There are seven grandchildren: Kory Manley; Casey Manley; Nathaniel Manley; Conner McBride; Jarrid Manley; Sara Hernandez and her husband, Justin; and Forrest Champion and his wife, Natalie. Two great-grandchildren also survive, Katlyn Hernandez and Abigail Champion.
Jim was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lawton and a brother, Bill Manley.
Services will be held at the Dawson Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, with Rev. Merrill Williams of the church officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
View Jim's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com