Pershing Leon Mann, 100, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Carteret County, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Brookdale at Rose Hill in Shawnee, Kan.
His service was today at First Baptist Church of Turner in Kansas City, Kan. He will be buried beside his wife in Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kan.
He was born to the late John T. Mann and Bertha Estelle Garner Mann on a small family farm near Newport March 26, 1918. He was the oldest of five siblings.
Having been brought up on a family farm in early 1918, he was taught the value and the ability to work and self reliance. Also, in a primitive Baptist culture, his upbringing was pretty structured. He began his formal schooling at Newport Consolidated School in 1924 and graduated from that school in May 1936. With there being no resources for college, he worked for his uncle and in the first year made $300 net.
Along the way, he learned about Christ, and in June 1934 he professed him as savior at age 16 in a little country Free Will Baptist Church called Holly Spring Church.
The war came along in December 1941. He was drafted in February 1942 and sent to Fort Knox, Ky., for basic training. He remained two years there, assigned to the Special Services Program. In March 1944, he was transferred to Fort Benjamin in Harrison, Ind., just outside of Indianapolis, again to Special Services as a motion picture operator.
While there, in the spring of 1945, he met a Women’s Army Corp Sergeant. They were married Aug. 21, 1946, at the Post Chapel there at Fort Ben. In January 1947, they moved near Chicago, Ill., where he enrolled in Coyne Electrical School. Upon completing school, he and his wife moved back to Kansas City, Kan., where she grew up. He gained employment with General Electric Company, Apprentices Service Business Division in the Kansas City area. He grew as the business grew and ended up as a supervisor of Power Transformer Service Department. He retired in April 1983 after 35 years of service.
He moved his church membership to First Baptist Church of Turner in June 1958 and became active and privileged one time or another to serve as chairman of all boards or committees except American Baptist Women and church moderator. He taught Sunday school there for more than 50 years. He and his wife liked to travel. They made five trips to Europe, one to Hawaii, one to Alaska and most of the lower 48 states. He was an avid gardener and a member of the Wyandotte County Master Gardeners Club until the infirmity of age took him from that activity. His wife, Mary B. Mann, passed away Sept. 5, 2011, after 65 years of a happy marriage and several year’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He is survived by his brother, Robert “Bobby” Mann of Fort Myers, Fla., and family and friends in the Newport area. There are no children. May he rest in peace.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bernice Mann, of Newport and Billy Mann of Muncie, Ind.; sister, Margaret Mann Nichols of Pipestem, W.Va.; his mother and father; and his wife.
Remembrances can be given to the memorial fund of the First Baptist Church of Turner or the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Maple Hill Funeral Home of Kansas City, Kan. Online condolences may be made at www.MapleHillFuneralHome.com.