Sept 09 2007
jule mann banner-high school photograph,  in background of school, Dunn High class of 1958

Jule passed away a little after lunch on Friday, August 31, 2007 at his Fayetteville home.

I am sad but rejoice in knowing that Jule's suffering is over.

Jule is survived by his wife, Rita and son, Jeff, of Fayetteville. He is also survived by a sister, Millie Mann Prince and brother-in-law, Dr. George Prince of Wilmington. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Lois Mann Hutaff (Mrs. Henry) of Fayetteville. Please keep the family in your prayers. M L Blalock

Julian "Jule" Turner Mann, Jr was a member of the Dunn High School Class of 1958.

wave with dunn high emblem

We affectionately called Jule Mann Jr., Mangy. I don't know where we got the name. Most all of us had nicknames or were called by our last name. Jule's mother blamed me (someone told me years later), but I don't think it was me. It could have been one of several: JW Johnson, Bobby Nordan, Larry Godwin, adinfinitum.

J. W. tells the story about going to see Jule and his Mom saying something like, "Please don't call Jule that awful name, it will ruin him for life." I don't think we were deterred.

What most of us remember is that Jule went away to school for awhile. I don't guess it was "reform" school for young first time offenders. I say this in jest, because we often joked and kidded Jule about a variety of things.

He told me on more than one occasion; that, if he ever decided to marry again, he wanted me to perform the ceremony. I promised I would and one day he called and said he was ready. Either I got the date wrong or something but we didn't connect until a week after he'd already married. However, a minor mixup didn't keep Jule, Jerry Byrd, and myself from convening and discussing issues like marriage or even heavier, like God, man, and the universe.

Jule had been in all sorts of endeavors and been successful, but had always been Jule. He had a special love and appreciation for his high school classmates. I don't think he ever missed a reunion where there were always stories to tell.

When I was stationed at Fort Bragg, he visited often. He loved to be around the military. Every time we had a big function, I would make sure he was invited and seated among the uniforms. It was during this time that my brother, Corb, experienced some physical setbacks. Jule was very faithful in visiting him.

Like so many times in life, we get busy, we chase after our careers. When the time comes for us to renew or spend time with those who have been a part of our lives, it is often almost too late and that makes me very sad.

We'll miss Jule. His undying faithfulness and continuing concern and care for his wife is an inspiration to us all. Mangy, we'll miss you. JA

Contributions in memory of Julian Turner Mann can be sent to:

1) The 1958 Class Reunion Fund: email Wilma

2)American Cancer Society, 11 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603

3) Myrover-Reese Fellowship Home, PO Box 64933, Fayetteville, NC 28306

4) The Women’s Center of Fayetteville, PO Box 2384, Fayetteville, NC 28302.

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