SURGOINSVILLE — Bill R. Manis, born Aug. 12, 1933, left his earthly body on July 4, 2019, following an extended illness surrounded by his loving family.

A faithful member of Surgoinsville First United Methodist Church for many years, Bill was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran having served in Korea.

He retired from AFG Greenland after 28 years of service.

Through all of his travels, there was never a stranger he met or a friend he didn’t make. He will always be remembered for his sly smile and his uncanny wit. He was very proud of his family and talked often of them all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Hattie Manis; brothers, Conner Manis, K.D. Manis, Kenneth Manis and Richard Manis; sisters, Azelee Jones, Lorraine Horne, Rhea Waye and Virginia Ward; son-in-law, Donnie Harrell; great-grandsons, Graison Winstead and Cameron Winstead.

Those left to cherish his memory include, his bride of 63 years, Helen Manis; daughters, Deb Harrell, Vickie “Sis” Byington (Dale), and Lisa Winstead (York); son, Sam Manis (Joyce). He leaves behind eight grandchildren; Jason Byington, Loren Winstead, Daniel Byington, Amy Manis, Matthew Winstead, Heather Grizzle, Kelli Manis and Whitney Manis; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Giles Manis (Virginia); sister, Edna Caldwell and Eula Brown (Junior); numerous nieces and nephews, as well as very special friends, including Tom and Doris Williams and Debbie Allen.

The family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to Amedysis Hospice of Kingsport for the love, care, and support they provided during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to ask that you make a charitable donation to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choosing in honor of Bill.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., with Rev. Paul Seay, Rev. Jimmy Manis and Rev. Junior Brown officiating. A graveside service with military honors will immediately follow at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens with U.S. Air Force and Hawkins County Color Guards.

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