June 17, 1934 ~ July 28, 2006

Born in: Erwin, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lester Odene Maness, 72, of 19 Le-An-Hurst Road, Asheville, died Friday, July 28, 2006, at his home. Mr. Maness was born in Erwin, NC, and was a son of the late Marvin L. Maness and Eva May Daniels Norris. He was an Army veteran and a former auto mechanic. Mr. Maness retired from the Brooks-Howell Home and he was a member of WNC Classic Cruisers. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Mobley of Chicago; a brother, William C. Maness of Roxboro; and two half-brothers, Marvin Manness and Mike Manness, both of Barstow, CA. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Penly officiating. Burial will follow at Acton United Methodist Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Les’ was like a brother to many of us. He was a leader in the singles club in the 80’s. I know the people at Brooks-Howell loved him and he was a good friend to all. Eevie was a co-worker, club member, friend and is sorry she can not be here. He will be greatly missed.

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  2. Les and I worked together several years at Brooks-Howell Home. Les was a ‘great guy’ loved and appreciated by all. With a cheerful smile and pleasant attitude, he was willing to go beyond the call of duty in small as well as greater responsibilities.
    I’m grateful for the opportunity to have known this special man!
    Thelma McGraw
    Former Director of Brooks-Howell Home

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  3. It’s with deep sadness I learned Of Lester’s passing only moments ago. I have many fond memories of many conversations with ‘ole Blacksnake’ and ‘D.R.’ through the years and cherish these memories. I hold All my ‘adopted’ family so close to my heart;’more than words can tell’ and wish you all my best and deepest sympathy. I remain ‘Kon Tikki’ Mark McDonald Mcdonald958@aol.com

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