Howard Manning

We are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of our beloved Executive Director, Howard Manning on Saturday, April 2nd.   We ask your prayers for Pam, his children, grandchildren and family.  Service Information can be found HERE.


Howard Lewis Manning, aged 69, of Willow Spring, NC, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh following a brief illness.  Howard was born on October 3, 1952 in Laurinburg, NC to Lenwood and Lou Bertha (McQueen) Manning.  He graduated as class valedictorian from Maxton High School in 1970 and then attended St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1981.

Howard served in management at Almay and Revlon Cosmetic Companies and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  After retiring from GSK, Howard began to volunteer at Dorcas Ministries and was eventually appointed as its Executive Director in 2005. He served in that position until his death.

Howard never met a stranger.  His remarkable memory allowed him to recall the names of people he met years ago.  Compassion and his Christian faith guided his principles, especially when it came to serving his family, church, Rotary Club, community service, and the scores of  people who turned to Dorcas Ministries when they needed help. To know Howard was to love him.

Howard’s board and committee assignments included service on the Board of Directors of the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Cary Rotary Club, Inaugural Chair of the Western Regional Community Advocacy Committee, Board Chair of the Centre for Homeownership and Economic Development, and a member of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.  In 2017, Howard received Cary Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award.

Howard leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Pamela Giles Manning, who he married on May 22, 2015. Pam dutifully cared for Howard, staying at his bedside around the clock during his entire stay at WakeMed Hospital. Howard also leaves to cherish his memory a son, Lamont Jacob, and two daughters, Alta Manning and Dr. Stephanie Rankin (Darren) along with grandchildren LeeQuan McLarin, Howard, Jr., Bryant, and Sarah Jacobs; Kaylee and Saryana Gamble; and Myles, Lana and Savannah Rankin. Howard also leaves two sisters, Rena Manning-Commedo (Larry) and Mary Terry (Billy), along with two brothers, Lenwood Manning, Jr. (Anna), and Willie Gibson (Leah).  In addition, Howard leaves behind a host of uncles and aunts:  James McQueen (Henrietta), Thomas Manning (Dorothy), Johnnie Manning (Janie), Herman McIntyre, Leo McIntyre, John David (Viola), Douglass Davis (Darlene), Eugene Patterson, Jessie Miles, Doris Green (Willie), Louise Huggins (Danny), Sarah McCormick (Joseph), Lucindy Briggs, Rosetta Barnes, Katie Moore, Josephine Manning, Earlie McIntyre and Maxine McIntyre, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Three special children were also in his life – Kyleigh Hayes, Aniyah London Carey, and Amelia Faber.

In lieu of flowers, designate your gifts to the Howard Manning Memorial Fund, and mail to Dorcas Ministries, 187 High House Road, Cary, NC 27511 or online at  If you would like to send cards or words of comfort you can email them to or mail them to Dorcas Ministries at 187 High House Road, Cary, NC 27511.