In Loving Memory of Rev. James Junior Manuel
James Junior Manuel was born on Aug. 13, 1945, to James and Florence Manuel in Stillwater. He attended elementary school at Washington school and graduated from C.E. Donart High School in 1963. He immediately joined the United States Army and began his commitment to his country the summer of 1963. After three years of active duty, he joined the United States National Guard. In 1966, he received an honorable discharge.
In May 1966, he was united in marriage to Connie Vick (Manuel), in this beloved union four children were born. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., were he graduated Phoenix School of Welding, they moved to Denver, Colo., where he worked at Arrow Manufacturing Co., as a machinist, They later moved to Wichita, Kan., and he worked for Cessna Aircraft. In 1974, he moved his family back to Stillwater. After returning, he worked for Mercury Marine as a supervisor, then he worked for the city of Stillwater.
In 1984, He received his calling from God under the leadership of Rev. Willard Dallas and Rev. Willie Dean both of Mount Zion Baptist church of Stillwater. In November1988, he was called to pastor his first and most beloved church, First Baptist Church North, Cushing, where he was the pastor for 17 years. He then took the leadership reigns in Nicodemus, Kan., at First Missionary Baptist Church for six years, then to Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Humbolt, Kan., for one year until his health dictated he stay close to home and off the road driving. His commitment to the Lord is unquestionable. His dedication to driving to minister to God’s people in Kansas shows a true commitment and dedication to God’s word.
Preceding him in death was his mother, Florence Manuel; father, James Manuel Sr.; son, Johnathon Manuel; five sisters, Nettie McKnight, Bessie Westbrook, Maudie Halstead, Carrie Shinault, Mattie White; and one brother, W.C. Manuel.
He is survived by his three children, Ryan Manuel and wife, Sherita Manuel of Edmond; James Manuel Jr., of Ripley; and Cherron Ukpaka and husband Eric Ukpaka of Stillwater; one brother, James David (J.D.) Halstead and his wife, Teresa Halstead of Commerce City, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Shae Manuel, Kingston Manuel, Elijah Rice, Jamie Manuel, Kelsey Manuel, Brittany Manuel, Chidozie Ukpaka, E. Eric Ukpaka, Chisara Ukpaka and Emeka Ukpaka; three great-grand children; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
James Junior Manuel NEVER remarried. He is the son of the first black police officer in Stillwater.