Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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James Robert Manley

Born: 3/3/1934

Died: 11/23/2006

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

James Robert Manley, 72, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006, in Alhambra, California. He was born March 3, 1934, the son of Curtis V. Manley and Olive Sweetie F. Pugh Manley.

His parents preceded him in death.

James’ maternal grandmother, Ada Wilson Pugh, was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. She was the midwife in the Big Cedar community at the time of James’ premature birth. His palm-size body was placed in a makeshift incubator by using a shoebox on the open door of the oven. He was said to be the size of a robin, thus his nickname of Robin which stuck all the rest of his life.

James had a servant’s heart. All his life he spent his days thinking of other people. His last years were spent serving Alhambra Calvary Chapel in many areas but was especially pleased to lead the homeless ministry. Each week he collected groceries, assembled sandwiches and then distributed sack lunches to the homeless.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sylvia Gomez Manley; two children, James Robert Manley Jr. and Marilee Michelle Manley; four grandchildren; a brother, Curtis V. Manley of Wilburton; and numerous extended family members.

James Robert Manley