Joe Robert "Bobby" Maners Jr.

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Joe Robert (Bobby) Maners Jr., 77, passed away at Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab in Columbus, Miss. on June 5, 2017. He was born on September 29, 1940 in Gold Dust, Tenn. to Charline Waters Huston from Pontotoc, Miss. and Joe Robert Maners Sr. from Memphis, Tenn. He grew up in Anniston with his dad and step-mom, Ara Thomas Maners. Joe met his bride of 58 years, Linda Oliver (Columbus) while stationed at Columbus Air Force base. They were married in 1959 and had two daughters, Terry Watkins (Michael), of Philadelphia, Miss. and Tammy Gavin (Bill), of Columbus, Miss. Mr. Maners was a Cost Accountant for Mitchell Engineering (CECO) and Gulf States Metal Buildings, retiring in the 1995. His hobbies included going to the firing range, working in his wood shop doing carpentry and building furniture for family and friends. He loved going hunting with family. Most of all, Joe loved reading and all the adventures a book could take you on. He is survived by his wife and two daughters; a sister, Ann Dukes (Chicago); grandchildren Cori Gavin and Nicholas Watkins (Nicole), and great-grandson, Logan Watkins, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with visitation to be held one hour prior to service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batson Children's Hospital, 2500 N. State Street Jackson MS 39216; Huntington's Disease of America, 505 Eighth Ave Suite 902, New York NY 10018; Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society P.O. Box 85, Columbus MS 39703. Honorary pallbearers are his childhood friend, Bill (Sonny) Bice, and the staff of Windsor Place, and his caregivers.
Published in The Anniston Star on June 7, 2017