Citizens of Man, along with many public officials, honored James Darrell Mangrum on Fri., July 18 by dedicating the bridge over the Guyandotte River at Bridge Street between Route 10 and E. McDonald Avenue as the James Darrell Mangrum Memorial Bridge.
Mangrum, who was described as a very civic minded man for serving on the town of Man City Council, the town of Man Park Board, and the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library Board, passed away at age 47 Jan., 18, 2013 at Logan Regional Medical Center from a sudden illness.
Born March 2, 1966, at Decator, Mississippi, Mangrum was the son of Martha Christine Horne Mangrum and the late Jimmy D. Mangrum. He was a 1984 graduate of Decator High School, a 1986 graduate of East Central Community College and a 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he began his pharmacy career which spanned for 23 years, most of which was the Rite Aid of Man.
According to his obituary, Mangrum was a long-time member of the Clark Veneable Baptist Church of Decater. He was a loving husband, and an honorable, compassionate and loving person. Those left to cherish his memory, include his mother and his wife of 17 years, Chrissondria “Chrissy” Wilson Mangrum, of Man.
The Town of Man and the surrounding community was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of their council member. Although he had only served four years on the council, Mangrum left his mark on the Town of Man’s history.
Those in attendance at the bridge dedication on Friday to remember Mangrum were State Senator Art Kirkendoll, Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, Senator Joe Manchin’s Representative Michael Browning, Town of Man Mayor Jim Blevins and many of Mangrum’s friends and family. The bridge’s sign reads “James Darrell Mangrum Memorial Bridge.”