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Ernest J. Manley

November 3, 2019

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Ernest Johnson Manley, of Big Island, died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at home. He was the loving husband of Dana Manley. Ernest was born November 25, 1939 to the late Sidney Manley and Evelyn Palmer Manley in Big Island, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

In addition to his wife, Ernest is survived by his children, Bridget Riley and husband, Carlton, Stacey Wilson and husband, Rodney, Jon Manley and wife, Cynthia; grandchildren, Phillip Riley, Jamie Riley, Amanda Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Kayleigh Manley, and Keri Manley; seven great grandchildren; siblings, Lester Manley and wife, Betsy, Nancy Ragland and husband, David.

Ernest worked diligently as a shift maintenance mechanic. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish. His other hobbies included gardening and farming He was known by many for his generous nature.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Centra Hospice for their help through this difficult time.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions please make them to the charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 5 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford and at other times at Ernest and Dana`s residence. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, November 6 at Hunting Creek Cemetery with Pastor Ken Bledsoe and Rev. Mike Jones officiating.

To send condolences online please visit Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

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