Eleanor Boone Manning, age 96, passed away on April 1, 2021, at Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C. after a brief illness.
She was born on May 27, 1924, in Kinston, N.C., to James Stacey and Nina Gooding Boone. On September 11, 1943, she married Oscar Raymond Manning and together they had 3 children - Ray, Stacey (deceased), and Carol. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Carrie, James, Frederick, and Alton.
Eleanor was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was kind and strong. She worked constantly and tirelessly to better her community. Her generosity was experienced by many. As a young woman she worked as a civil servant at the Veterans Administration Hospital. She and Raymond founded Southeastern Hospital Supply along with his sister and her husband, Mary Alice and Jimmy Higginbotham. Eleanor and Raymond were founding members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayetteville where she served faithfully through the years as an elder of the church. She chaired many committees and was Chairperson of the General Board. She was serving a term as elder at her death and was scheduled to serve communion on Easter Sunday. She also was awarded the Methodist University Medallion. The Methodist Medallion is given to honor her legacy of character, faith, and service to the community. Eleanor was a forceful and excellent leader who was never afraid to share her opinions. She loved her family and could often be found at family events crawling on the floor playing with the children or sitting in a chair with a baby on her lap.
She had a wonderful and quick sense of humor and gave the most amazing hugs often exclaiming "l could just squeeze you." She was a beam of light and left a legacy of love. She was a strong-willed fighter and was seen as being bigger than life. Eleanor was also the best gift giver and she found unique ways to present her family Christmas gifts each year. There was always an air of excitement to see how she would present them.
She will be remembered with love by her brother Tommy, her children Ray (Daphne) and Carol (Sammy) and her sister-in-law Bonnie as well as her grandchildren: Alan (Debbie), Kim (Kevin), Matt (Debbe), Melissa (Bowman), Brian (Valerie) and Patrick (Katie). Her eleven great grandchildren Cole, Taylor, Erin, Morgan, Rachel, Owen, Alex, Jordan, Emilia, Ethan, and Eleanor (Ebbie). She was also loved by her many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Raymond and Eleanor Manning Children's Garden at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, First Christian Church in Fayetteville, P.O. Box 53265 Fayetteville, N.C. 28305 or Fayetteville Urban Ministry.
Funeral Services are Private.
A public memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28301.
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Cape Fear Botanical Garden
536 North Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville NC 28301
First Christian Church
P.O. Box 53265, Fayetteville NC 28305
Fayetteville Urban Ministry
701 Whitfield St., Fayetteville NC 28306