As condolences and memories continue to be shared, the final arrangements have been made for the service honoring the life of the late former First Baptist Church of Chapel Hill Pastor Dr. JR Manley, who passed away on Sunday.
Manley was the pastor at First Baptist Church of Chapel Hill for more than 65 years, before retiring in 2011. Manley was also the first African-American elected to the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger released a statement on Wednesday calling Manley a “pillar of our community and an inspiration for the people of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro area.”
Manley was also awarded the Irene Briggaman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in 2014.
The service remembering Manley will be held at one o’clock Friday afternoon at First Baptist Church. In anticipation of a large crowd, additional parking has been made available at St. Paul AME, St. Joseph CME, Jones Funeral Home, Second Baptist and the Hargraves Community Center, according to the church. The service will follow a public visitation from 10 until noon.