Dr. John Mangram
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Mangram, Dr. John D. John Dee Mangram was the first of six children born to Ruther and Viola Reed Mangram. The family worshiped at the Springhill Baptist Church in the Faker Community located outside Pittsburg, TX. At the age of twelve, John Dee was the teacher of the adult Sunday school class. He attended Garfield Elementary School and Fredrick Douglass High School in Pittsburg, TX, graduating valedictorian of the eighth grade and senior high school. He was awarded a football scholarship to Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX in 1941. Following graduation from Jarvis Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he received the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity; the Master of Sacred Theology degree, Yale University and the Doctor of Theology degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Around 1950 John Dee married Bobbye Durham. When they moved to Dallas in 1968, they united with the Munger Avenue Baptist Church. John faithfully served in the pulpit and taught the Joshua-Garth Church School class until his death. Dr. Mangram served as the Assistant Director of the Labor Education and Cooperative Extension Service, Pendle Hill School in Wallingford, PA; University Minister and Instructor of Religion, Lincoln University, Oxford, PA; Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS; Minister First Congressional Christian Church, Meridian, MS; Minister, The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco, CA. In 1967, he was appointed Chairman of the Division of Religion and Philosophy and Professor of Religion, Bishop College, Dallas, TX, as well as a five-year term as Dean of the Chapel and Director of the Lacy Kirk Williams Ministers' Institute. In 1988, Dr. Mangram began serving as Coordinator of the Area of Religion in the Division of Arts and Science, Jarvis Christian College. In 2007, he became Professor Emeritus and designated writer of the history of Jarvis. He has contributed to publications in the areas of religion and education and participated in a Festchrift celebrating the seventy-fifth birthday of the late Howard Thurman. Dr. Mangram was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award from Jarvis Christian College and Howard University, "Man of the Year" Award from Tougaloo College, and the Minnie Stevens Piper Prize for Outstanding College Teaching in 1992. He was also a Fulbright Fellow, studying and traveling in Korea in 1994. In 1995, he was inducted into the Jarvis Christian College Pioneer Hall of Fame. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown College in Kentucky in 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Ruther Jr., James and Bennie West; sister Noretta; nephew Michael Ray Mangram and nieces Koleta W. Manning and Sandra S. Woods. John Dee is survived by a loving sister, Marlene Mangram Woods of Pittsburg, TX; sisters-in-law Audrey Mangram of Lancaster, TX, Evangeline Mangram of Pittsburg, TX and Gloria Mangram of Dallas, TX. He will be fondly remembered by special niece, Patricia Woods. Others left to cherish his memory are nieces, Cynthia W. Smith, Rosalyn W. Smith, Gwen W. Criss, Martha Woods, Janice M. Kemp and Carolyn M. McCray; nephews, Mickey Woods, Kenneth Earl Mangram, Steven Mangram and Randy Woods and other loving relatives and friends. Devoted friend, Patsy C. Smith and the members of Munger Avenue Baptist Church will treasure and fondly recall the life of John Dee Mangram. The wake service is Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6-8 pm at Munger Avenue Baptist Church, 3919 Munger Ave., Dallas, TX. Funeral service is Friday, March 14, 2014, 11am at Friendship West Baptist Church, Wheatland Road, Dallas, TX. In lieu of flowers, by request of the family, please send donations to: Dr. John D. Mangram Scholarship Jarvis Christian College P. O. Box 1470 Hawkins, TX 75765




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Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014.
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March 9, 2015
Well, it is nearing the JCC Homecoming 2015. Dr. Mangram you will be truly missed. Your handsome smile campus round a bouts and greetings I share forever in my heart. RIP
Vickie Warren
April 19, 2014
John Dee will forever be missed. I first met him as Dr. Mangram on the campus off JCC. He would give me rides home to Dallas, and tell me that he had a brother who lived near me. As life would have it I ended up dating Bennie West for a while. I lost touch for a while when I began my family & career. However, when I stopped by for a visit some 15 years later John Dee knew exactly who I was. We enjoyed a great visit catching up. I recently began looking for him again at his home church only to learn that the Lord had called my teacher, mentor, & friend home. Dr. Mangram your memory will live on in my heart. PS: You will forever be Bennie West's pastor
Angie Brown (formerly Walker)
April 1, 2014
May the God of love welcome Dr. Mangram home and hear the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant." My prayers are with the family.
Nelda Hobbs
March 17, 2014
Our prayers are with all of the family.
Abb Rene Mangram
March 15, 2014
Celebrating a life well lived. He made a difference in so many lives.
Monique Wyatt
March 14, 2014
May God bless and strengthen the family during their bereavement.
Velma Hashaway
March 14, 2014
Our sincere condolences to the family. May God continue to strengthen you during this trying time. Lafayette and Carolyn Turner Pittsburg Texas
March 14, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barbara Burns & Stephanie Farmer
March 14, 2014
My prayers and thoughts are with you. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Pamela Baker
March 14, 2014
Oh God how we Thank you; for the Life of Dr. Mangram, what a man of our time; so humble so wise- so loving, so kind. Lord thank you....Peace be unto this family.
L Clark
March 14, 2014
Thankful to God to have known Dr. John Mangram, a true man who walked this earth with a gentle smile and always a kind greeting. Be blessed Family. Dr. Mangram will truly be missed.
Vickie Warren
March 14, 2014
Dr. Mangram will be missed by the former students of Jarvis Christian College. Class of 2000
Shaniqua Thomas
March 14, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Glory be to God.
Dwight & Gale Burns
March 14, 2014
To the Mangram, so sorry for your loss. you are in my prayers. May God bless and keep you all in His loving care!
Mrs. Ann Hughes Grant
March 14, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with the Mangrum family. May you treasure the memories of your loved one. He has touched some many lives in so many different ways. He will truly be missed.
Toni Creech-Norman
March 14, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Melvin Porter
March 13, 2014
Dr. Mangram (John D.) will forever be very special to me and my husband. He married us thirty-three years ago and with his spiritual counseling launched our marriage properly. He was also my parent's neighbor growing up. He was an inspiration to us as children and remained so throughout our lives. Through his great love of learning and the gospel, he touched so many. He is a true giant of the faith with a common touch. Over the years as we listened to him preach, we learned a great deal that has shaped and informed our lives. We were always happy to see him and will miss him dearly.
Ruth Burton
March 13, 2014
My family and I have so many fond memories of our beloved Uncle. I must say he was my favorite as well as a very fun and funny person. I remember when I had my son and named him Christian and he commented "Well we finally got a Christian in the family even if we had to name him. It is ok!" I thought that strange since of course I naturally assumed he considered himself to be a Christian BUT I think he really knew that we all strive every day to become true Christians! He was responsible for me visiting Bishop College and attending because he really had always been my mentor in many ways and I knew I had to be like him and succeed in order to get out of our hometown. I never wanted to be a minister and that is where we were different. I was Math and Science and thought I wanted to be a doctor but changed my mind early on. And yes I did graduate from Bishop in Computer Science! He traveled and lived in so many places and I was proud he was my uncle when he came home. He was never about you are going to hell but he asked why did you decide to do this or that and it always kept me on my toes. Sometimes I wanted to say none of your business but I knew better. I was always open to travel and left Texas for several years only to return, but not to Pittsburg. He talked to my boys and would question them about decisions or say good one, I think you could do worse. He was so philosophical sometimes like giving me Jonathan Livingston Seagull for a 1972 high school graduation gift long before many were using it. Strange gift I thought but I enjoyed. During my four years at Bishop, he and I would talk and a couple of times he was my sub religion teacher. He really was different. A little like my Dad but not as smart in some ways and a lot smarter in other ways. They helped keep me balanced. They were two of the favorite men in my life for a long time growing up and in my boys. Yes we will remember you my uncle and cherish your legacy.
Carolyn Mangram-McCray
March 13, 2014
Prayers and condolences to family.
Anna Hill
March 13, 2014
I will long remember the wisdom and commitment of the Biblical Giant who walked the grounds of Jarvis Christian College. He touched the lives of generations and generations of scholars and ministers...May the family find comfort in the precious memories of Dr. Mangram
Sebetha Jenkins
March 13, 2014
May God bring great comfort to the family, many lives were made richer having known Dr. John Dee including mine.
Jennie Gladney
March 13, 2014
We will all miss Dr. Mangram, he touched so many lives. I wish you peace and healing.

Arnold Family
MABC
Arnold Family
March 13, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
G Arnold
March 13, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
God Bless,
Charles & Virginia McMillan
MABC
March 13, 2014
God bless and strengthen you and your family.
Rev. Myrtis dillon,jr.
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