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Lewis H. Manning

Rev. L.H. Manning

Rev. Lewis H. Manning, D.D., District Superintendent of the Lansing District, died at the district parsonage in Lansing in the early morning of Monday, June 2. The end came quietly in his sleep.

Dr. Manning spent all his active life in the Christian ministry. He was born at Chippewa Lake, September 17, 1871, and began to preach at the age of twenty-one. After beginning his ministry he finished his education at Albion College and at Garrett Biblical Institute. Albion College later honored him with the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

He rendered his entire ministerial service within the bounds of the Michigan Conference. His first charge was at Paris, from which he went to the Third Avenue church, Big Rapids, where a big revival rewarded his efforts. He spent five years each in Decatur and Sturgis. His seven year's pastorate in Petoskey was an epoch in the life of that church for he added to his effective preaching and pastoral work the leadership of the Men's Bible class, which grew to be the biggest in the Conference.

After four years at Central church, Muskegon, he was appointed to Lansing District in 1920. A pastoral record of four churches in twenty-one years speaks for itself and in every case he was enthusiastically invited back for the next year.

Dr. Manning was always on the still hunt for those who would give themselves to life work for the Master. Among those who entered the ministry from his churches are Harry Walker, Irving Miner, D.C. Crawford, George Harris, LeRoy L. Dewey, and Arlie Krussel. Miss Eva A. Gregg, one of Methodism's outstanding medical missionaries and author of "Hints from Squints in China," was converted and called to the mission field under Dr. Manning's ministry. Other women who enlisted in life service as a result of his ministry are Miss Faith Clark, now of India, and Miss Florence Crum, a deaconess. Truly he, being dead, yet speaketh through these whom he has sent out into the Master's work.

Dr. Manning was a trusted leader in the Michigan Conference. At the time of death he was secretary of the Board of District Superintendents, a trustee of the Conference, trustee of Bronson Hospital, and trustee of the Michigan Christian Advocate. He had previously served the Conference as a member of the Board of Stewards, as a member and registrar of the Board of Examiners for years and as trustee of Clark Memorial Home. He gave without stint of time and talent to the Conference he loved.

Soon after beginning his ministry Dr. Manning married Miss Ettie Moore at Shepherd, on December 20, 1894. To this happy union four children were born, James W., now in San Francisco, Cal., Stuart of Lansing, Lois now a senior at Albion, and Faith, who is at home. All the children and the widow survive. Six brothers and sisters survive, including Rev. W.D. Manning of this Conference.

The funeral service was conducted in Central church, Lansing, on Wednesday, June 4. Rev. Frank Kingdon, pastor of the church, was in charge of the service and he was assisted by Rev. W.M. Puffer, who spoke for the district superintendents, Rev. C.J. Kruse who spoke for the men of the district, Rev. William H. Phelps who spoke for the conference, Rev. J.ะก. Floyd who read the Scripture, and Rev. J.R. Lathrop who offered prayer. Rev. Frank Kingdon emphasized Dr. Manning's genius for friendship, taking as his text, "We know we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren."

A notable indication of the esteem and love in which Dr. Manning was held was the presence at his funeral of more than a hundred ministers from all points of the Michigan Conference and some from beyond the borders of the Conference.

Interment was at Shepherd. A beautiful incident in the journey from Lansing to Shepherd occurred at St. Johns. As the funeral procession passed our church in that town the chimes in the tower pealed forth the comforting strains of "Asleep in Jesus."

Dr. Lewis H. Manning, wise in counsel, strong in mind, eloquent in speech, sterling in character, sympathetic in human relationships, now walks with his life-time Friend, Jesus.

- Michigan Annual Conference minutes of 1924, pp. 102-104