Since becoming pastor of St. Joseph Church, I've allowed a small Lutheran Church in our area to have a large Lutheran wedding here. Several years ago, I gave permission to our assistant organist, Harold McManus to have his father's funeral here so that Harold could play the organ here for his dad's funeral. He and his dad are Southern Baptists and Harold senior, who died, was a Baptist minister.
While I was away on vacation Harold's father died and his funeral was here at St. Joseph Church this past Sunday afternoon. It was a Baptist funeral with the pastor of Vineville Baptist Church officiating.
The following is the obituary:
Dr. Harold L. McManus, Sr.
September 27, 1919 - July 24, 2012
Macon, GA- Dr. Harold L. McManus, Sr., 92, of 5300 Zebulon Road, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Services will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial will be in Marie Baptist Church Cemetery, Dublin, Georgia. The family will greet friends on Saturday from 4:00PM until 6:00PM at Hart's Mortuary, Cherry Street. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice .
Dr. McManus, son of the late Burch and Lizzie McManus, was born 27 September 1919 in Sanford, North Carolina. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Louise, in 1989, and by four brothers and two sisters.
Dr. McManus attended Wake Forest College, Wake Forest, North Carolina (AB, 1941), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (ThM, 1944) and Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut (STM, 1948; PhD, 1953).
Dr. McManus served as a chaplain in the United States Navy in World War II, subsequently joining the Naval Reserves and retiring with the rank of Captain. He held the Roberts Chair of Church History in the Christianity Department of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, where he taught from 1949 until 1985. Dr. McManus was honored twice as the dedicatee of the Cauldron, Mercer University's yearbook, in 1957 and 1962.
Dr. McManus pastored rural churches in Middle Georgia: Marie Baptist Church, near Dublin, 1953-1957; Elam Baptist Church, near Gray, 1958-1965 and encouraged both to become full-time ministries. He taught several summers at Naval Chaplains School, Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1960s, as well as other military bases.
Dr. McManus became one of the first non-Catholics to preach from the pulpit during Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, in the 1960s. He went as a volunteer with a group of fellow Baptists to teach conversational English to Chinese students in China at Guangxi University in the summers of 1998-2000.
Dr. McManus served as associate teacher of the Garland Taylor Bible Class of Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, 1993-2006. He authored several series of Adult Sunday School Lessons for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1970s and 1980s. He was pleased and proud to be a member of the Macon Palaver Club for forty years.
Dr. McManus is survived by his children, Harold Lynn McManus, Jr., Kermit Neal McManus (Paula) and Marcia Louise McManus; grandchildren, Tomme Kyle and Casey Lynn.
Hart's Mortuary and Crematory, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.