Effingham Daily News
---- — Opal Louisa Manning, 103, of Westfield, formerly of Miami, and Calhoun Falls, S.C., passed away at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Charleston Rehab and Health Care Center.
At her request, there will be no local services. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Calhoun Falls, S.C., with inurnment in Latimer Cemetery, Calhoun Falls, S.C., during the Thanksgiving holiday. Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born on Dec. 27, 1909, in Swanwick, the daughter of Albert Higgen Cole and Bertie Agnes O’Dell Cole. She married Benjamin C. Manning in Miami in 1932. He passed away on May 4, 1970.
Mrs. Manning worked as a commercial loan officer at the First National Bank of Miami. Opal attended the Westfield Baptist Church. She was an organist and soloist for various churches that she attended in Florida and South Carolina. Opal was a generous Christian woman; she enjoyed helping her family and friends. She had a strong faith in the Lord.
Survivors include her sons, Ronald E. Manning (wife Sylvia) of Mio, Mich., Randall Carlton “R.C.” Manning (wife Pam) of Springfield; nephew, Gerald T. Wetherington (wife Lee) of Miami; 11 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Thelma, Audrey and Margarite; and one grandson, Marcus.
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