Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) Billy L. (Buddy) Manasco


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Sunday, August 29, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am at DeSoto Baptist Church, Shubuta, Mississippi


Sunday, August 29, 2021, 11:00 am at the DeSoto Baptist Church, Shubuta, Mississippi


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 27, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) Billy L. (Buddy) Manasco, age 82, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 150th Engineer Battalion and had worked full-time at the Meridian DOL Maintenance Shop, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


He was born on June 11, 1938 to Edgar and Lena (Hayes) Manasco in Desoto, MS.

Longtime Member and Deacon Emeritus at Desoto Baptist Church. He enjoyed and prided himself with his gardening and lawn care. He was also a avid outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing and hunting. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help out with anyone in need at any time.

Billy is survived by his Wife, Betty Anne Manasco, Daughter, Elizabeth Diane (George) Saxton, 2 Sons, Royce Gene (Barbara) Manasco, and Gary Donald (Cheryl Ann) Manasco, Brother, Royce David (Paula) Manasco, 5 Grandchildren, Shaun (Dara) Beasley, Brook (Candice) Adams, Chris (Jade) Manasco, Mark (Kristy) Manasco, and Abby Manasco, 12 Great Grandchildren, Step-Son, Bruce Clark, 7 Step-Grandchildren, Kristi (Dough) May, Josh (Michelle) Clark, Katherine (Chandler) Presley, Wesley (Daynes) Clark, Adam Clark, Morgan (David) Melton, and Holly (Eric) Waddell, 7 Step-Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Father, Edgar Neel Manasco, Mother, Lena Mae Manasco, 1st Wife, Anna Mae Manasco, Son, Billy Lenoel Manasco, Jr., Granddaughter, Rachel Nicole Manasco, Step-Son, Terry Marion Clark, Jr., 2 Sisters, Syble Ann Anderson, and Deanie Smith, and Brother, Eddie Ray Manasco.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 29, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am at DeSoto Baptist Church, Shubuta, Mississippi.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021, 11:00 am at the DeSoto Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Yelverton, Shaun Beasley, officiating.

Pallbearers are Brook Adams, Mark Manasco, Eric Waddell, Adam Clark, David Melton, and Doug May.

Burial will take place in the DeSoto Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to The Gideon’s International Processing Center P. O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251. Online condolences can be given at www.wrightsfuneral.com.