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Rev. Dr. Orion Wendell Manuel

October 3, 2011

The Reverend Wendell Manuel, 71 died Sept. 24, 2011, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Wendell grew up in Madison, N.C. where his family worshipped at the Madison Presbyterian Church. He attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in psychology in 1963. While in college, Wendell was very active with the Westminster Fellowship. One of his passions at that time was Camp New Hope, where he loved serving as a camp counselor. Wendell often said that his camp experiences were what made him realize that he was being called to the ministry.
Wendell enrolled in Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. after college. His time there saw him participate in the civil rights struggle and wed Mary Scott Blackwell. Upon graduation, he was called to be an assistant minister in the Parish of Kilmallie in the Highlands of Scotland where he served for a year. He returned home and took a position as an assistant minister in Danville, Va., where his two sons, Will and Patrick, were born.
In 1970, Wendell moved to Radford, Va. where he took the ministry of the United Campus Chapel. While in Radford, Wendell received his Doctor in Ministry for McCormick Seminary and expanded the Chapel's role in the town and University. The time in Radford also saw the death of Mary Scott and his later marriage to Quinn Wilson with immediate expansion of the family with sons Erich and Phil Ogle.
In 1979, Wendell accepted a call to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville, where he preached for over 17 years. The church grew during this time and Wendell was very active in the community. He helped built the National Issues Forum both in Starkville and on a national level. He also served on numerous local committees and hosted a TV show on one of the area stations. He also relished his role as a storyteller to groups of surrounding children.
In 1996, Wendell moved back to Virginia and took the pulpit of the Presbyterian Church of Radford. He and Quinn remained there until retiring to Starkville in 2005. Upon returning to Starkville, Wendell took on several projects such an interim minister position at Fondren Presbyterian Church in Jackson; the building of a French drain in the back yard; catching up with old friends via the internet; and loving and entertaining his grandchildren.
Wendell will be always remembered for his inherent sense of justice; his love of all people; and his unique and creative approach to the preaching of God's Word.
Wendell is survived by his wife, Quinn; sons, Will Manuel (wife, Lisa), Patrick Manuel (wife, Karen), Erich Ogle and Phil Ogle (wife, Jeannette); two sisters, Brenda and JoBeth; and five grandchildren, Mary Helen, Jimmy, William, Christian and Ericha; and his mother-in-law Peggy D. Wilson.
Memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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