James Harry Mann(1916 - 2012)


Wilmington - He was born September 11, 1916 in Greensboro, the son of the late William Arthur Mann and Annie Kennette Strader Mann.

He completed Greensboro High School in 1933, after which he worked for Sedgefield Inn and Pilot Life Insurance. He joined Southern Bell Telephone Co. (now Bell South) in 1940. In 1941 he was drafted into the Army. He served in England and Germany in the Signal Corps until discharged in December 1945.

In 1946 he re-joined Southern Bell and was District Manager in Gastonia, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte. In those cities, he was active in the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. In 1974 he was transferred from Charlotte to Wilmington as District Manager and retired in 1982. He was a member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club for 28 years. He received the William H. Montgomery Youth Service Award in 1986, the Lamar W. McIver Sr. award in 1997. He served on the board of the Cape Fear Hospital for 15 years and the Community Foundation of Southeastern NC. He was an elder in St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church where he and his wife were members since 1974. He was a long time golfer and member of the Cape Fear Country Club.

His is survived by 4 sons and 9 grandchildren: James Harry Mann, Jr. and wife Beth, and his children Caroline and Brent; Arthur Davidson Mann and wife Jackie and sons Kevin, Jeffery, and Eric; David Williamson Mann and wife Margie and sons Justin and Brendan from Asheville; Charles Strader Mann and wife Manuela and daughters Olivia and Gloria, from Frankfurt, Germany; and his sister-in-law, Mrs. George Mann of Winston-Salem.

He was preceded in death by his wife Addie Williamson Mann, formerly of Asheville, his brother Clarence Strader Mann of Winston-Salem, and a sister Mrs. Earl Warren of Greensboro and Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held in the William Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates in Asheville on November 24, 2012 at 2:00pm. A ceremony for scattering of ashes in the Memorial Garden at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington is to be determined later. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the .

James Harry Mann, formerly of Wilmington, NC died in Asheville on November 16, 2012.


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 18, 2012