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First Baptist Church
Wednesday March 3rd, 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Manly Lucas

Manly Walker Lucas, 82, of Sanford, passed away Saturday February 27, 2021. A Public drive-through visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd at First Baptist Church from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.  A private family memorial service will be held. Mr. Lucas was born in Sanford, the youngest child son of the late R. Paul Lucas, Sr. and May Snipes Lucas. He was preceded in death by siblings, Mary Ann Lucas and R. Paul Lucas, Jr. Manly was a graduate of Sanford Central High School in 1956 where he played football and participated in the school band. He continued his music and arts education at Campbell University, Richmond Professional Institute (now known as Virginia Commonwealth University), the Boston Conservatory of Music, and the Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Mr. Lucas spent several years playing in jazz clubs in and around Boston. He also worked at the Harvard Club in Boston, performed at The Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, and in the Catskills in New York. Manly was a life long active member of First Baptist Church, a Choir member, and also has been a member of the Hand Bells Choir. Mr. Lucas began teaching in 1972 at Jonesboro Middle School where he was first introduced to Emily Foster, who he would marry in 1975. In thirty years of teaching with the Lee County School System, Mr. Lucas taught  Humanities courses, Vocal Methods, Art, and Creative Writing. He spent decades  involved in the production of the East Lee yearbook. He volunteered in the community with the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and as a cellist with the Lee County Community Orchestra. He would occasionally arrange pieces for the Orchestra as well. Mr. Lucas is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Emily Foster Lucas; sons Joseph Benjamin Lucas (Martha), and Manly Andrew Lucas (Anna); daughter, Mary Catherine Lucas Crook (Andrew); five grandchildren, Brinkley Catherine Lucas, Chesley Walker Lucas, Joseph Michael Lucas, Maggie May Lucas, and Foster Grace Lucas. Memorial contributions can be made to Lee County Community Orchestra Association, PO BOX 3174, Sanford, NC 27331, In Memory of Manly Lucas.

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Such a sweet person and teacher.

PENNY HONAKER Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Manly Lucas

Elizabeth Roberts Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

I remember he was my art teacher at East Lee. I loved taking his art class. I still draw the house with the creek every now and then. Rest easy Mr. Lucas. I know you are drawing angels in heaven.

Elizabeth Roberts Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

Emily and family,So sorry to hear of Manlys death. I know the emptiness is enormous and for that my heart aches for you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Jennifer Tatum Mar 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Emily and family, So sorry to hear of Manly's death. Know that I'm thinking of you at this sad time.

Julianne McCracken Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM

Emily (Mrs. Lucas) and family: I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Lucas' passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless,
Scott Pace

Scott Pace Feb 28 2021 12:00 AM

To all the Lucas family--We are so sorry to hear of Manlys passage. He was a great and good friend-a wonderful musician and someone we will miss with all our hearts.

LARRY AND PAM LAZARUS Feb 28 2021 12:00 AM