Joseph E. Stephens Chapel
5-7 PM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022
AT: JOHN E. STEPHENS CHAPEL
2:30 PM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022, MS VETERAN’S MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Newton
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 Feb. 3, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) Edward Eugene Mann, age 73, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 367th Maintenance Company, 298th Corp Support Battalion, 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.
Obituary, visitation and service details:
Released from this earthly life on February 3, 2022, at the age of 73, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Alpha Mann, and brother Herbert Mann. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, and his daughter Christina Mann her son Garrett, his son Adam Mann and his wife April with their children Aiden and Amelia. His brother C.L. Mann, and his son Clyde Mann. His sister Barbara Blass, her husband Ronnie, her son Brian Hall, and her daughter Barbie Hall. By Herbert’s children Cindy Mann and Wendy Kuster.
Eddie grew up in Conehatta, and Newton, MS. He returned there after his Navy career. In Newton, Eddie met a California girl, Marilyn, in 1974. They married in 1975, and settled in Philadelphia, MS to start a family, and lived there for the remainder of their married life. Ed’s passion was fixing and repairing machines and electronics, and he made a career of it. He loved to repair things that were broken, especially if someone said it couldn’t be fixed. He loved sports and enjoyed listening to big games on radio broadcasts. He loved the outdoors, and hunting, and riding the back roads around the county just seeing what he could see.
Edward was a proud member of the Armed Forces. At 18, he joined and served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1972. He joined the Army National Guard in 1975 with the 367th Maintenance Company in DeKalb, MS and transferred to the 367th in Philadelphia. He is a veteran of Vietnam, Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 2004 for his work during Iraqi Freedom in Mosul, Iraq. During Hurricane Katrina, the 367th was activated and was an essential part of getting critical infrastructure back online. Specifically, he was key in repairing a hospital generator that was damaged and offline from the storm. He loved his country and was proud to serve and defend it. He retired from the National Guard in 2008 Sargent First Class. Edward was a member of Philadelphia Masonic Lodge 93.
His big smile, his laugh, his jokes, and his loyalty as a friend and father will be greatly missed by those who knew him and loved him.