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James Taylor Manier

April 24, 1926 - March 16, 2014
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James Taylor Manier was born in Hartville, Missouri on April 24, 1926 to Willie Manier and Frances Lee. He had three siblings, one brother Leonard, and two sisters Willie Mae and Arlena. In his early years he attended school in the Indian Grove School District in Missouri. He served in the Army for 10-1/2 years. Stationed in Leipheim, Germany, he saw action in the Korean Conflict and received a Korean Service Medal with One Star. He was discharged from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri with two additional medals: UN Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. His most significant duty assignment during his service was at Consolidated...
James Taylor Manier was born in Hartville, Missouri on April 24, 1926 to Willie Manier and Frances Lee. He had three siblings, one brother Leonard, and two sisters Willie Mae and Arlena. In his early years he attended school in the Indian Grove School District in Missouri. He served in the Army for 10-1/2 years. Stationed in Leipheim, Germany, he saw action in the Korean Conflict and received a Korean Service Medal with One Star. He was discharged from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri with two additional medals: UN Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. His most significant duty assignment during his service was at Consolidated Truck Company where he took up the trade of diesel mechanic. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1955 and his final rank was PVT-2.

In 1955, shortly before his military service was concluded, he met, dated, and married the love of his life, Helen Jean England of Springfield, Missouri. This spectacular and long-lasting union took place at Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri on November 21, 1955.

In 1959, James relocated his family from Missouri to Altadena, California where he acquired employment at O.W. Lee Wrought Iron. Seeking better opportunities, he then switched employment and worked for the Huffy Corporation. His primary occupation was a Certified Diesel Mechanic for Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD) from where he retired after 26 years of hard work and dedicated employment.

Family was definitely a priority to James and he made it very well-known, not to mention the fact that he worked diligently and consistently to prove that to be very true. Every person that had the pleasure of meeting him will say that he was truly unforgettable… the life of the party… funny… kind-hearted… full of wisdom… helpful… dependable… knowledgeable… like a father to me… Those are just some of the adjectives used to describe him. He touched many lives to various degrees and everyone who knew him felt his warmth and love. His laugh… His smile… His sense of humor with a touch of sarcasm and wit… These are just some of the qualities that were exhibited by him and enjoyed by all.

James' favorite pastimes were: conversing with others, construction projects, traveling, current events, and politics.

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in May 2013, James underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He was finally granted eternal peace on Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 5:10 am. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Manier and Frances Lee, his brother and two sisters. He leaves behind his legacy and memories to his faithful and devoted wife of 58 years, Helen Jean Manier; his children, Rodney Taylor Manier, Sr., Ricky Lynn Manier (Bridget), Randy Eugene Manier (Thelma), Ronnie Lee Manier (Felicia), and Regina Marie Manier; grandchildren Rodney Taylor Manier, Jr., LaTasha Newsome, Aisha McCovery-Phipps, Rickisha Manier, Akilia Hightower, Sharonda Manier, Tyrand Manier, LaToya Manier, Damien Manier, Keyle Hightower, Ashley Manier, Ricky Lynn Manier, Jr., Briahnna Manier, Taelor Alexis Roby, Ryan Manier, Erik Anthony Brooks, and Taylor Joi Manier; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

"Mr. Manier, it was my pleasure meeting you and being able to spend time with you on various occasions. You have left a legacy for your children's children's..." Gregory Alexander II (Compton, CA)

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