Eugene Alexander Maness Jr.

Published 11:43 am Monday, February 2, 2015

Mr. Eugene Alexander Maness Jr., 91, of Flomaton, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his home.

Gene was born June 7, 1923, to the late Eugene A. Maness Sr. and Nettie Harger Maness. He was a native of Zama, Miss.

In 1943, he served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, in Italy and Africa.

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In 1946, he went to work for Alger Sullivan as a timber cruiser and later was promoted to general superintendent of the company. In 1967, Alger Sullivan Company was sold to Jim Walter Doors. He served on as general superintendent, with a total of 29 years service in the company.

He married Margie Simpson on Sept. 3, 1948. They were members of the Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and deacon for many years. He was an accomplished artist and enjoyed woodworking and making swings was a specialty of his. He also made small crosses that he passed out to friends and people as a testimony. Each cross was different in some way.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mrs. Margie Maness of Flomaton; his daughter, Judy Maness (Charles J.) Strait of Flomaton; his brother, Jimmy L. (Jackie) Maness of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Ruby M. Jackson of Mobile.

Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 30, at Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Leon Stewart and the Rev. Al Bethea officiating. Interment followed in Rock Cemetery in Flomaton.

Pallbearers were Johnny Allen, Gary Holt, Paul Knowles, Rabon Knowles, Wayne Johnson and John Sansom. Honorary pallbearers were Sammy White, Robert Holt and Gerry Thompson.

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