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Rev. Chauncey E. Mann Jr.

Rev. Chauncey E. Mann Jr.

On March 19, 2019 Rev. Chauncey E. Mann Jr. slipped quietly away ending a life well lived. A void was created in the hearts and minds of so many, as he touched a multitude of people during his lifetime. 

Rev. Mann was born on April 28, 1933 to the late Chauncey E. Mann Sr. and the late Celestine Beach Mann in Elizabeth City County (Phoebus). He was the oldest of six children born to this couple. He received his early education at George P. Phenix School, from which he subsequently graduated with honor. He was raised in a home where going to Sunday school and church each Sunday were mandatory, and it planted some early seeds that led to who he became later in life.

After high school, Rev. Mann attended Radioman School in New London, Conn. In 1953, he was admitted as the first African-American to Aviation Electronic School in Elizabeth City, N.C. Through the years, he continued to further his education. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.; Moody Bible School, Chicago, Ill.; Cross Roads Bible School Montreal, Canada, where he finished with distinguished honor. He received his Doctorate in Biblical Studies and Metaphysics from the University of South Pacific, Pasadena, Calif. He later attended the University of Richmond and Ferrum College. From 1950 to 1954, during the Korean Conflict, he served in the United States Coast Guard as the first African-American in aviation electronics. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Ribbon. Following his military life, he worked for the United States Post Office as clerk, carrier, and acting station superintendent for the city of Hampton.

In 1972 Rev. Mann answered the call God had placed on him, and preached his trial sermon at his home church, Zion Baptist. He was ordained under Rev. Dr. Fred J. Boddie II at First Church of Newport News (Baptist). He served the Lord in a variety of positions and capacities at various churches. In 1975, Rev. Mann was called to be the Shepherd for Grafton Baptist Church in Hartfield. He served his congregation and the Grafton Community faithfully for 37 years before he retired. He served on community boards, taught at Rappahannock Community College, served on several boards and committees at the college; served in various volunteer capacities in Middlesex Public Schools.

Predeceased by his parents and a brother, Thomas Mann, he leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Iris Mann; an extraordinary ex-wife, Frances Mann; two sisters, Mabel Wheatle and Vivian Walker, three brothers, Ira Mann, Robert Mann and Kenneth Mann, a sister-in-love, Dr. Kathleen Mann; a special adopted brother, Steven C. James; three godchildren, Sonya Tyson Mills, Shari James and Bryan Charity; the Grafton Baptist Church family and the Greater Middlesex County community. 

The family acknowledges all the devoted people who gave Rev. Mann such good care during his illness, Delores Talley, Mary Ivey, Natalia Bucker, Alicia Caldwell and Melissa Bryant. The devotion of care from Rev. Mann’s brother Robert made Rev. Mann’s last days some of his best ones.

posted 03.27.2019

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