Robert Edward "Bob" Mangum, 90, quietly passed away at his home on Monday, February 15, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church. Entombment will follow the service at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.
Mr. Mangum was born January 20, 1920 in Creedmoor, NC to Richard Merrimon Mangum, Sr. and Pearl Knight Mangum. He was the last surviving sibling of seven children.
He married Henrietta Virginia Liles on January 24, 1947 and after being discharged from the Air Force in 1952, he and Henrietta decided to make Fuquay-Varina their home. He went to work for the U. S. Postal Service in 1960 and remained there until his retirement in 1985. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and was instrumental in starting the American Legion Baseball League in 1965. Mr. Mangum was a longtime, faithful member of the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church.
Known as "Pappa" to his children, grandchildren and extended family he shared his love of bird hunting and baseball. Family was the most important aspect of his life.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Henrietta Mangum; sons, Robert Michael Mangum and wife, Annette of Wilmington, Brad Mangum and wife, Cynthia of Fuquay-Varina; grandchildren, Allison Colby Kicia and husband, Mike of Mt. Olive, Adam Michael Mangum of Wilmington, Coleman Mitchell Mangum and Bryan Robert Mangum both of Fuquay-Varina.
The Mangum family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Wake County.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home.