Mary E. Mann

Published 10:45 am Monday, April 14, 2014

PENDLETON, N.C.—Mary Elizabeth Mann, 101, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Va.



She was born on Oct. 18, 1912, the child of the late Cola Edgar and Essie Parker Mann, in the “Mann Town” community of Northampton County.

She was predeceased by her brothers, John Edgar and Ralph Parker Mann, as well as by her niece-in-law, Sylvia Mann, nephew-in-law, Fletcher Bryant, and great-nephew, Ralph Bryant.

Fondly known as “Bibber” by family and friends, Elizabeth is survived by her nephew, Melvin Mann of Boykins, Va., and niece, Jean Bryant Futrell (Billy), who shared her Pendleton home of 98 years.

Her extended family consists of Diane Mann Francis of Capron, Va.; Melvin Mann Jr. of Richmond, Va.; Michael Mann (Betty) of Boykins; Deborah Bryant Vinson (Thomas) of Pendleton; and Heath Bryant (Deborah) of Suffolk, Va. Great-great-nieces/nephews are: Angie Francis Floyd (Chip) (Children: Sydney, Shelby, Wyatt); Vernieie Francis III (Holly) (Children: Bryn, Berkley); Maggie Mann Puckette (Rob); Molly Mann; Cole Mann; Zachary Vinson (Beth) (Child: Craven); Joshua Vinson (Nicole); and Cola Vinson (Janna).

Elizabeth was very appreciative of her church family at Murfreesboro United Methodist Church. She faithfully attended church until Jan. 12. On that Sunday she was honored with the naming of the Elizabeth Mann Sunday School Class. Her church involvement was one of the most meaningful parts of her life.

Elizabeth will long be remembered for her dedication to her family and friends. She cared for her aging parents until their deaths and helped to rear her niece, Jean. She was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, and visiting. She was a kind, gentle, and loving person who loved to joke with others. Her long life was a blessing to her family.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Southampton Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit for its compassionate and professional care of “Bibber” in her last months of life.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway, NC. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at Murfreesboro United Methodist Church with the Pastor Monica Yungeberg officiating. Burial will follow in the Severn Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 392, Murfreesboro, NC 27855.

Online condolences may be directed to Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.