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J.R. Manning

J.R. Manning

J.R. Manning was born in Beeville, Texas, October 4, 1933.
He passed from this life January 21, 2020, at the age of 88.
J.R. and his family moved to Pampa when he was two years of age.
He began working at the grocery store where his mother was employed when he was eight years old. J.R. had a strong work ethic, which served him well.
J.R. graduated from Pampa High School in 1952. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University and went on to receive a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He did more graduate study at West Texas State University.
J.R. was a pastor for 32 years. He pastored churches in Adrian and Borger where he was also an instructor at Frank Phillips College night classes.
He was an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church of Pampa. He then pastored churches in Sudan and Kermit.
One of the strongest aspects of his pastoral ministry was his administrative side. He found that everywhere he served there was a need for some type of building program.
With God’s help, no church that he pastored got into financial problems. Yet, each of the churches built buildings and carried on aggressive programs.
J.R. joined Edward Jones in 1987. He opened an office in Midland in 1988. In 1991, he was asked to move to Levelland to take over the Edward Jones office.
J.R. served on many boards and was very active in civic clubs. He was also a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Levelland.
J.R. had a deep and abiding love for the Lord and he loved his family. He was a very caring father and was cognizant of how difficult it was to be a preacher’s kid. He did his best to give his sons every opportunity to live their best lives. He had many skills and tried to pass those on to his sons.
J.R. married Gwen Loerwald in 2005. They had 16 wonderful years together. They had known each other for 40 years.
They were blessed to have some great friends, amazing travels and commonalties that made their lives together very compatible.
Although Gwen wished there could have been more years together, she didn’t want J.R. to suffer with the destruction of Alzheimer disease. It is not goodbye, but I will see you later.
J.R. is survived by his wife, Gwen, of Levelland; two sons: Rory Manning of San Diego, California and Jeff Manning and wife, Lisa, of South Lake, Texas.
Also his grandchildren: Madison Manning of Chicago, Cameron Manning of Dallas and Cade Manning of San Marcos: and a niece, Patricia Walker and husband, Randy, of Wichita Falls.
J.R. will be committed to the columbarium at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Pampa, at a later date.

1 Comment

  1. Mike Oldham on February 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    JR was my pastor when I was in high school.

    I remember a few stories about him. For me, however, I am thankful that he gave me a chance to preach when I was in college. He asked First Baptist to license me to ministry.

    Now, forty years later. I am still trying to get the preaching right.

    Thanks JR.

    Mike Oldham

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