James Garfield “Peach Fuzz” Manns III has received his new body. His old one was taken due to complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 1, 2021, at LewisGale Montgomery Hospital.
James was born on Feb. 15, 1952, to the late James G. “Jimbo” Manns and Eliza Lewis Charlton. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, James G. and Hattie Manns, Sr. and Ray and Regina Lewis.
He was a graduate of Dublin High School in 1971 and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army after a brief enlistment. He retired from RAAP (currently known as BAE Systems) with 30 years of service.
Before his illness, he was an avid gardener who continued to raise and breed rabbits. Upon his retirement, he became a daily fixture at the BP Express Stop in Pulaski. He especially enjoyed his morning coffee and chat time to keep up on events. It became his second home and family. Thank you to Mary and her crew for all the kindness and friendship he was shown. “Peach” truly enjoyed the time he spent with you all.
James is survived by his wife of 47 years, Juanita Crosby Manns of Pulaski; a daughter, Stacie Nelson of Radford; brothers Chester Ray (Judy) Manns and Peter Dominic Manns, both of New River; sisters Gerri Ann (James) Anderson of Queens, N.Y., Jodie (Charles) Neal of Mitchellville, Md., Tricia Manns of Pulaski and Dana (Raymond) Dowe of Christiansburg; a brother-in-law, John C. Crosby of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister-in-law, Robin Crosby (Pam) Brown of Fayetteville, N.C.
James was fondly considered to be “Big Brother” to Natalie Manns Taylor and Ava Manns Pope of Greensboro, N.C. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
With the current restrictions due to the coronavirus, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
The Manns family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.