Mr. James A Mann, Sr. and Mrs. Lillian Mann gave birth to James A. Mann, Jr. on May 13, 1942, in Tunica, Mississippi. James Jr., graduated from Manassas High School, in Memphis, Tennessee, where his father relocated after World War II. In High School James became skilled as a percussionist for his high school band and attended the Memphis Academy of Arts. While at Manassas High School, James also joined ROTC. It was in the ROTC program where he was inspired to become a Soldier. He later enlisted in the United States Army where he completed basic training at Ft. Polk Army Base in Louisiana. To his credit and determination, James served two tours in Vietnam.
James was a proud member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Although James served as an aircraft crewman, the opportunity arose for him to re-enlist as a Nurse for Trauma Care. James was awarded A BRONZE STAR, a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Metal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device 1960, and The Expert Badge with Rifle Bar.
James’ post Military Career was spent as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. In 1971, James studied Nursing Practice at St. Phillips College. His services in that profession include working at Morning Side Manor, and San Antonio Convalescent Center where he retired. After retirement James settled in New Braunsfels, Texas. James also became a valued member of the McQueeney Gun Club of New Braunfels.
James, having been accomplished in his career goals, met and married Malinda Mann, in 1982 to that union was born their beloved Jonathan Avery Mann. After the culmination of that union, James met and married Thelma Mann in 1995. Both wives preceded him in death.
James loved simplicity and solitude. His life included being a historian, musician, and an artist. He was a proud Father and Grandfather and A Loyal Friend to those who knew him. He reconnected with his childhood friend Billie Moore. His proudest accomplishments are his child and grandchildren and the time served in his Military Career in the United States Army. When recalling his time during the Vietnam War, James said: “Besides the rain, there was the night and the eerie sound of silence, but I had an Almighty Friend that I talked to in the darkness, so I never walked alone.
On December 19, 2021, James ALMIGHTY FRIEND called and James A. Mann, Jr., answered. The Sun set on the life of James A. Mann. His Almighty Friend did not allow him to walk alone into the Marvelous Light. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” Psalm 23:4
He leaves to mourn his son Jonathan Avery Mann, (Savanna Mann), Granddaughter, Nikayla Godley, Grandsons, Jonathan Izaiah Mann, and Adonis Avery Mann, and his furry forever companion Chloe, his beloved dog, and many family and friends.
James A. Mann, Jr., We who are left behind, to join you In God’s own time: SALUTE YOU.