Lavern "Mac" Manchester Dies at 92

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Lavern "Mac" Manchester

Lavern "Mac" Manchester, 92, of Rector, a long-time elected official and civic leader, died Wednesday, June 29, at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

He was born June 13, 1924, in Leonard to the late H.M. and Clara (Pounds) Manchester. He was a lifelong and devoted citizen of Rector.

Manchester accumulated more than 50 years of service to the City of Rector and Clay County.

He was a long-time member of the Rector City Council and a former recorder-treasurer for the city. He was retired from the Rector Fire Dept., served as chairman of the Rector Labor Day Picnic and had been a member of the Rector Lions, Rector Area Chamber of Commerce, Rector Men's Organization and numerous other local groups.

Manchester also was a long-time member of the Clay County Quorum Court and was a past member of the Clay County Democratic Central Committee.

"Mac was involved in virtually all areas of civic life in Rector and Clay County," said former Rector mayor Ron Kemp, who served with him for 16 years on the city council. "He always had the best interest of his community and the area at heart.

"His concern for his community and the enthusiasm with which he served will never be matched."

Manchester was a graduate of Rector High School and is a member of the RHS Sports Hall of Fame. He was well-known for his support of the Rector School and all its programs.

He worked in his early years in the newspaper business in Rector and Paragould and also was an insurance salesman. He retired from Purolator Courier and then worked as a clerk at Harps Supermarket in Rector until age 80.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a supply sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater.

Burial was Sunday, July 3, at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector. Visitation and a Celebration of Life were held Tuesday, July 5, at the Fifth and Pine Church of Christ in Rector.

A complete obituary may be found elsewhere on this website.

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