Alfred E. Manners Jr.

Alfred E. Manners Jr., 86, a lifelong rural Parsons resident and farmer, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home.

He was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Parsons to Alfred Estle Sr. and Adeline Marie (Pasley) Manners. He grew up on the family farm east of Parsons, attended country schools and graduated from Labette County Community High School at Altamont in 1950. After graduation, he and his brother, Kenny, joined their father and grandfather carrying on the multi-generational farming operation and dairy, a tradition he happily continued his entire life.

He set his sights on building a larger farming operation and Manners and Sons Farms began expanding their farming and ranching business, which also included  building and operating a new dairy barn and milking many cows twice a day. Alfred loved the freedom of harvesting crops while riding on his John Deere combine.

He married Ladema Lawrence in 1951. They later divorced. On Feb. 23, 1968, he married Virginia Phillips Blackburn. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2007. He married Nancy Carson Kenworthy on May 2, 2008. She survives.

Alfred was a devoted member of the Parsons Foursquare Church and had served on the church board and taught Sunday school classes. He served on numerous agricultural and farm-related committees and boards throughout his life. He was also a DeKalb seed dealer of 25 plus years. Although he loved the responsibility and hard work of farm life, his greatest joy was spending time with his extensive family, whether out fishing, hunting, water or snow skiing, sitting around the kitchen table playing cards, or, in his later years, camping and even more fishing and cards. He enjoyed playing with and attending the events of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved meeting and talking to people everywhere he went. But even though he traveled to distant places, he couldn’t wait to get back and enjoy the simple pleasures of home.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy, of the home; his children, Marlene Manners, Galen Manners (Sandy), both of Parsons, Janell Shaffer (Keith) of Altamont, Darren Blackburn (Pam) and Dwight Blackburn, both of Parsons; a stepson, Todd Kenworthy (Crystal) of Claremore, Oklahoma; and a stepdaughter, Tina Gatton (Brian) of Altamont; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Linda Dessenberger (Larry) of Parsons.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Alfred Manners, on April 5, 1966; his parents, Estle and Adeline Manners; a brother, Kenneth Manners; and two sisters, Marjorie Larsen and Mertie Riepe, and an infant sister.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Schulze officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Foursquare Church. They may be left or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.

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