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William Robert “Bob” Manuel, age 59, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Manuel was a Unicoi County native and a son of the late Eldridge and Georgia McKinney Manuel.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City.
Mr. Manuel was licensed by the Tennessee and Florida Bar associations and a practicing attorney for 34 years in his own law firm, the Law Office of Robert Manuel. He was a member of the Unicoi County and Federal Bar associations, as well as MENSA.
He served as city attorney for the town of Erwin from 1989 until 2007.
Mr. Manuel enjoyed international travel and started Volunteer Travel in 1993. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed recreational flying. He especially loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sports activities.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 36 years, June Grooms Manuel; one daughter, April Manuel Hawkins and husband Shane, Erwin; three sons, Robert Mitchell Manuel and wife Stana Donnelly, Erwin, Michael Manuel and wife Kimberly, Warner Robins, Ga., and Kevin Brett Manuel of the home; one granddaughter, Halie Hawkins; one grandson, Colton Hawkins; one brother, Frederick “Fred” Manuel and wife Sonja, Granite Bay, Calif.; two nieces, Adrienne and Calista Manuel; and his mother-in-law, Agnes Grooms of the home.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Bruce Shawver officiated. Soloist was Allan Foster.
Active pallbearers were Paul Berry, Judge Thomas Seeley Jr., Jerry Ray, Harold Phillips, Danny Duncan Jr. and Danny Miller.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Unicoi, Washington, Carter and Greene County bar associations. Additionally, Bobby Love and Danny Duncan Sr. also served as honorary pallbearers.
Committal services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charge.