Bennie W. ‘Ben’ Manley

AFTON, Okla. — Bennie W. “Ben” Manley, 84, of Afton, Oklahoma, a former longtime Edna resident, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

Bennie William Manley was born Aug. 14, 1936, at Sedan, the son of Clarence E. “Bus” Manley and Letha Rose (Davis) Manley. Bennie grew up and attended schools in Sedan, Coffeyville and Edna, where he graduated from Edna High School in 1954. 

Bennie was united in marriage to Judy M. Triebel on May 25, 1956, in Edna. They celebrated their 64th anniversary in May 2020. Following their marriage, they moved to Peoria, Illinois, where he worked for the Caterpillar Corp. for several years. Later, he worked on pipelines in various areas around the country. After returning to Edna, Bennie purchased a gasoline filling station and operated B&J Service Station for 27 years.

Bennie and Judy attended Edna United Methodist Church for many years until moving to Afton, Oklahoma, where she continues to reside. 

He was a member and past master of Edna Masonic Lodge No. 345, A.F & A.M. He had also been a member of the Scottish Rite and Mirza Shrine. Bennie was member of the American Legion and had served in the Kansas National Guard. He was a former member of the Edna Lions Club and a former chief of the Edna Volunteer Fire Department. Bennie was especially proud of being a member of the Mayflower Society and was a direct descendant of William Brewster, a passenger on the Mayflower. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in earlier years.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Manley of the home; a son, Barry Manley (Terri Greaves) of Topeka; two daughters, Sheryl Garr and her husband, Dennis, of Springdale, Arkansas, and Joyce Helms (Jimmy Bay) of Webb City, Missouri; six grandchildren, Andrew Garr and his wife, Jessica, Dillon Garr and his wife, Amanda, Kasey Helms, Kayla Helms, Audrey Manley and Blake Manley and others, Jacob and Maddie Bay; three great-grandchildren, Kailey Garr, Riley Garr and Covin Helms; and a brother, Jimmie Manley and his wife, Juanita, of Edna.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Joe Helms; a brother, Charles Manley; and two sisters, Anna Mae Van Dyne and Connie Jean May.

The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Elm Grove Cemetery north of Edna, with Pastor Allan Banzet officiating. Masonic burial rites will be given by Edna Lodge No. 345, AF&AM. The family will received friends Monday at Edna United Methodist Church. 

Memorials are suggested to either the Edna Fire Department or the Kansas Masonic Home and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at

Recommended for you