On Thursday, May 1, 2014, Jean Tripp Morgan Manning took a peaceful journey to Heaven to reunite with Our Lord, departed family members and old friends.
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A celebration of life will be held Sunday at 3 pm in the mausoleum at Pinewood Memorial Park.
With the loss of Jean comes a loss of her undaunting strength, courage and love which created a refuge for her children and grandchildren throughout the years. As the cornerstone of our family, her encouragement, guidance and quick wit will forever be missed.
Jean was born Jean Clark Tripp to the late Jarvis and Nina Tripp on May 18, 1928, on the family farm in the Red Oak Community. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1946, she married her high school sweetheart and first love, William "Spooky" Morgan, who preceded her in death in 1963. For a short period of time they lived in Richmond, VA, before returning to the Red Oak Community where Jean would build and live a full and rich life. In 1965, Jean married Waddell Manning, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Jean is best remembered as the family cut up, the life of the party, always ready with a joke to tell and a most remarkable way of making everyone she came in contact with smile. Her positive outlook and zest for living has served as an inspiration for many. Her great love of children suited her professional life, as she was the Nursery School teacher at Mimi's Kindergarten and then a teacher assistant at Third Street School. While Jean had jobs throughout her life, the one that mattered to her the most was that of mother, grandmother, and aunt. While Jean's love for cooking may not have been as great as her love and desire to keep her family close, her family could always depend on dinner at noon as long as your name was "in the pot" by mid-morning. She was proud of the relationships and closeness among her family that came out of all those meals; memories to last a lifetime. She also held dear to her heart Red Oak Christian Church and its members. Her own membership there lasted 77 years. Jean raised her four children while living next door to her two sisters. With the close proximity of family, Jean more than cherished those years of being a part of nieces' and nephews' childhoods.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Morgan Garris; brothers in law Willie Pate and Edgar Denton and a niece, Nancy Pate Cochran. She is survived by her son, William Morgan; two daughters, Brenda Morgan Jarman and husband, Grant; and Amanda Manning Garris and husband Richard, all of Greenville; a granddaughter, Charlotte Jarman Cutler and husband Harold of Bath; three grandsons, Eric Jarman and wife Kristen, Parker Garris and Spencer Garris; three great-grandchildren, Grant Charles, Wade, and Maggie Jarman; two sisters, Grace Tripp Pate and Mimi Tripp Denton; and a brother, Jarvis Tripp and wife Hazel all of Greenville along with a host of nieces and nephews whose love and support have been most special to us.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 2 to 3 pm and immediately following the service at the mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Red Oak Christian Church, 1827 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834.
Online condolences at http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Published in The Daily Reflector on May 3, 2014