Henry Manson Flynn, 82, transitioned peacefully to heaven, at home surrounded by his loved ones, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, following a long battle with vascular dementia.
Manson grew up in College Park and worked with many different trades using his hands and skills. In the early 60’s, Manson served in the United States Army. After completing his draft service to his country, he worked as a grader, builder, and later came to operate and manage his own paving contracting company, Metro Asphalt Paving Company.
In the early 1970’s, Manson had a vision of a “family compound” with Marian, his beloved, and the Sagon families living around a lake, that he graded out and built. Manson and Marian have lived in Fayette County for over 45 years. Manson had a passion for building which resulted in the designing and building of a gazebo for Dukeanna and Roger to be married on; beautiful Christmas decorations (toy soldiers, Santa’s workshop, reindeer, angels) to display on their property for all to enjoy during the holiday season, and he built a variety of children’s rocking horses for family and friends to enjoy and have as an heirloom. Manson was a talented pianist (this is how he caught Marian’s eye years ago!) and organist, which he passionately played and served at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church in early 1980’s. He is remembered for playing in the evenings at home after supper (not dinner!) many of his favorite hymns, such as: Up from the grave He arose!, It is well, with my soul; Higher ground; Jesus paid it all; Old Rugged Cross; Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Amazing Grace; and many, many more. He truly made that time a worship experience as he bounced around the organ with deep passion, stroking keys and pedals – a sight to see! Manson loved his family and friends – and enjoyed playing pranks, vacationing, and large family meals filled with laughter and memories.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville with Reverend Dennis Watson officiating. Burial will follow the service at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Joseph Sams School, www.josephsamsschool.org or S.W. Christian Care, www.swchristiancare.org.
Manson is preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie and Inez Flynn and brothers Hubert Flynn and W.T. Flynn.
Manson is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marian (Sharpton) Flynn; his daughters Dukeanna (Roger) Wessels, Michelle (J.P.) Ward; 7 grandchildren: Jackson (Kaelynne) Wessels, Michael Wessels, Lindsey Wessels, Josef Wessels, Victoria Ward, Josh Ward, and Grace Ward – who were ALL the heartbeat and joy! Sister-in-laws Joyce Sagon and Gwen Flynn and many nieces and nephews.
He leaves his family with many wonderful memories of times he spent with us all, challenging us all to do our best in EVERYTHING we do (“If you are going to do something, do it right the first time”) and to cherish the time we have together. Make plenty of memories, and IF someone can’t remember one day, REMEMBER for them.
We love you, Dad-Husband-Papa-friend, you will be missed, but we rest in the hope and assurance that the BEST is Yet to come! See you again. Rest easy.
Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fayetteville • www.mowells.com