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Hendersonville, NC-- Manuel Emilio Vega died at Elizabeth House on October 28, 2015.
I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 That was Manuel-a person who fought for what he believed in through his journey upon this earth.
He was born February 25, 1935 in the Dominican Republic. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1941. He grew up in New York City, graduated from Manhattan High School of Aviation and entered the United States Air Force in 1953 and retired from the Air Force in 1974 as a Senior Master Sergeant.
While in the Air Force, he was stationed in Panama, where he taught throughout South America with The Inter-American Air Force Academy. He was also stationed in Puerto Rico and Japan. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service for duty during 1967-1968. He completed 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. His last duty station was Nellis Air Force Base, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service to his country.
Manuel then enrolled in school at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He completed his Bachelor of Education degree in 1975 and earned a Master of Education degree in 1977. He began a new career as a teacher in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1975.
He taught English, was a Dean of Students, and then principal at Lewis E. Rowe and Richard Rundle Elementary School. He was also a member of the Las Vegas School Administrator's Association. He retired in 1995, with 20 years of service. He was given the honor of having a street named after him (Manny Vega Drive) upon his retirement.
As a young man, he followed his father's example and became a member of the Freemasons, having achieved XXXIII Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States (July 19, 1994). He was also a member of the Shriners and worked with the Shriners' Hospitals for Children in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While living in Las Vegas, Manuel was active with the Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada teaching bible study classes, working with Walk to Emmaus and Christ Care.
When he retired to Hendersonville, NC and while attending Grace Lutheran Church,, he assisted with teaching the Disciple classes and was involved in Stephen Ministry. While at First United Methodist, he also assisted with teaching at Sunday bible study.
One of his special loves was playing golf, which he pursued until he left Las Vegas. He and his wife did become members of the Hendersonville Country Club, not to play golf, but to enjoy the lovely views of the mountains while savoring great meals.
He married Patricia Colombo in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to Maryland, and then to Hendersonville, NC. They enjoyed travel throughout Europe, and the Southern United States. Their time together was short; but, they enjoyed their days spending time with one another and sharing the beauty of this lovely place.
Manuel was a life long student, especially enjoying teaching and studying the bible. The passage from Isaiah 60:19 was a favorite: The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. May Manny be warmed by that everlasting light in the glory of God.
I would like to thank all the staff at Elizabeth House for their caring and compassionate care of Manny. This organization is to be commended for the help they extend to those who are making the transition from life to death and to the care they give to those who are grieving loved ones.
No services are planned at this time.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2015
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