By: JERRY FEKETECorrespondentand Martha SparksSociety Editor
January 20, 2013
MAN — The Town of Man and the surrounding community was shocked and sadden to learn of the passing of a councilmember Friday evening.
James Darrell Mangrum passed away Friday evening at Logan Regional Medical Center from a sudden illness. Mangrum, who lived in South Man, was also a pharmacist with Rite-Aid at Man.
“He was half the town… he was a great person and councilman,” said Man Mayor Jim Blevins. “I don’t know how I’m going to replace him. It is just terrible; it’s a big loss to the town and community.
Blevins said Mangrum would bend over backwards to help anybody and would do anything Blevins asked him to do.
“He did all our grant work, in fact I gave him two grant forms to work on Friday afternoon,” said Blevins. “He has spent countless hours working on grants for the town. He worked one day from 10 in morning to 11 at night helping get grants for sidewalks and other things. He was a very intelligent man and a great help to the town.”
Although only having served four years on the council, Mangrum has left his mark on the Town of Man’s history.
“He’s going to be missed. I just can’t describe what he meant to the Town of Man,” said Blevins. “I’m going to be lost with out him. He would go over to the Governor’s mansion and the Capital with me. He was just an all-round guy.
Mangrum also served on the Town of Man Park Board and the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library Board.
A native of Mississippi, Mangrum’s services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at the Doty Springs Baptist Church in Attala County, Miss., with Rev. Gary D. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Doty Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Attala County.
Local residents can pay their respects to the family from 6-9 p.m. Monday at Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home in Man.