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Forrest Rayfos Mann Sr.

  • "Daddy this your son Forrest jr. You did so much for me. We..."
    - forrest r. mann jr.
  • "Leomae, Just received an email from Girlene informing me of..."
    - Bertha Hawkins-Solomon
    - Claudie Mann
  • "Love you daddy...Thanks for all the sacrifices you made. ..."
    - Lisa Wheeler
    - Brenda Wright

Bishop Forrest Rayfos Mann Sr. LUBBOCK-Bishop Forrest Rayfos Mann Sr., 82, of Lorenzo, Texas, passed away on April 10, 2014. He was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Henderson, Texas, to Jemmie Sammons and Joel Mann Jr. His mother passed away when he was ten years old. In 1948 he moved to Lorenzo, Texas, with his father. In 1949, when Forrest was seventeen, his father passed. He moved to Lubbock, Texas, in 1954 and was reared by his siblings. He received his education in Rusk County. He also attended Merriman's Business College of Lubbock, Texas, where he studied business and business law. Bishop Mann joined Friendship Baptist in 1951 under the leadership of Reverend Oscar Gentry. In 1953 he joined Friendship Holy Baptist Church under the leadership of his oldest brother, Bishop Joel Mann Jr. Bishop Forrest Rayfos Mann Sr. accepted his call to the ministry in 1960 under the tutelage of his oldest brother, Joel Mann Jr., and was ordained and licensed as a minister Oct. 18, 1960. He later pastored Friendship Temple. Bishop Mann was installed as the Bishop of Friendship Holy Baptist Church #1, Feb. 5, 1989, and served faithfully until his death on April 10, 2014. One of his memorable messages was When nothing else could help LOVE lifted me. He was a self-taught, anointed guitar player. Bishop Mann met the love of his life in 1957, and they were later married May 10, 1959. To this union, seven children were born. Bishop Mann was preceded in death by his mother, Jemmie Sammons Mann; his father, Joel Mann Sr.; four brothers, Joel Mann Jr., Henry Mann, Roy Mann Sr., and Claudie Mann; five sisters, Jemmie Zelner Lewis, Mattie Bean, Unice Mann, Vera Jackson, and Azelene Hendrix; one son, Victor Marle Mann; and one daughter, Diane Jackson. He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Leomae Marshall Mann; three sons, Forrest R. Mann Jr., Claudie R. Mann (Shawn), Orlander R. Mann (Sharon); three daughters, Vera L. Mann, Lisa L. Wheeler (Tony), Cassandra A. Smith (Roderick); 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Agape Temple Church of God in Christ. Interment will follow at Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held today, from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by wake service from 6 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church #1.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 18, 2014
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