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Rev. Vernon  Manor, Sr.

Memorial for Rev. Vernon Manor, Sr.

Born in Austin, Texas on Aug. 17, 1924
Departed on Aug. 27, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012
1:30 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery
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On August 17, 1924, the Lord sent a messenger to earth, through the union of Arthur and Beauty Manor. He was named Vernon Manor. Vernon was born and raised in Austin, Texas, the oldest of two children.

Vernon received his formal education in the Austin Independent School District and later attended tailoring and mechanic schools. He received his Doctorate of Divinity from Guadalupe Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of the Austin Baptist Ministers Alliance.

At an early age, Vernon dedicated his life to Christ. He was baptized and became a member of Friendly Will Baptist Church (Austin). At the age of 16, being inspired by God to spread the Gospel through song, Vernon answered his call to the ministry of gospel music. He became a member of the Paramount Juniors with Royce Medlock, Victor Medearis, Garland, Medearis, John Mays, Jimmy Miles and Bruce Tarrell.

In 1941 Vernon was called to serve his country. He was a Sergeant in the U. S. Army and was later part of the Army Reserve. While in the service he sang with the Soul Stirrers (Richard Richardson, Grant Sanders, and Henry Pierce).

After returning from duty in 1946, Vernon was united in Holy Matrimony to Juanita Medearis and to this union seven children were born. He remained happily married to Juanita until her death in 1985. He was truly a Christian family man.

In 1947, Vernon joined the Starlights (Buford Johnson, Eddie Watson, A. D. Watson and Booker Hicks who was later replaced by Wilmer Reed). As a recording group in the Peacock Label, the Starlights name was changed to the Bells of Joy (A. C. Littlefield, A. D. Watson, Esther Littlefield and Edward Denman). Vernon became the group spokesman and co-lead singer for the Bells of Joy. A. D. Watson recalls Vernon's signature song as "I'll Tell of A Savior."

In 1963, Vernon was inspired by God to enhance his ministry from singing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to preaching and teaching the Gospel. Rev. Dr. Vernon Manor was given the charge to watch over and feed the flocks of the following congregations: Friendly Will Baptist Church (9 years) – Georgetown, TX; Cleggs Chapel (6 years) – Trinity, TX; First Baptist Church Heflin Lane (23 years) – Austin, TX; and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (9 years) – Austin, TX. In 2006, Pastor Manor founded and organized the Glory Land Missionary Baptist Church and continued to pastor until his health began to decline.

Vernon Manor was preceded in death by his parents, Beauty Sorrells Manor and Arthur Manor, Jimmy Melvin (son), Jené Carter (granddaughter), Lucious Manor (brother) and Michael Kellough (step-son).

He leaves with many precious memories his wife, Almella and his children, Vernon Manor, Jr. (Marcia), Seretha Manor-Carter, Victor Manor (the late Patsy Hunt Manor), Alfred Manor, Virgil Manor (Letty) and Ronnie Manor (Linda), James Kellough (Stephanie), David Kellough (Gisselle); his sisters, Juanita Brooks (Doyle) of Nashville, TN, Bernetta manor and Ronnie Manor of St. Petersburg, VA. He also leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and relatives. Rev. Dr. Victor Medearis, Mozelle Lee, Mildred Sue Medearis, Maxine Sutton Manor, the brothers and sisters of Almella Davis Manor and his sons in the ministry: Rev. Precious Gibson, Rev. Harold Taylor, Rev. James Limuel and Rev. Lawrence Perry (deceased).

Rev. Dr. Vernon Manor may have chosen as his farewell statement, life has been life a mountain railway. I have fought a good fight. I ran the race set before me. God has called me to be with Him as His good and faithful servant for a job well done. So, I say to my family and friends, not goodbye or farewell, but I hope to see you later.

Rev. Dr. Vernon Manor had often said that the only promise he made when he accepted his calling was "I'll Tell It Wherever I Go." You should have heard him sing it!

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