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2013-06-27 / Obituaries


Katie Gullette Manzie, 95, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at her residence. She was born Oct. 6, 1917. She was a native of Camden and a long time resident of Thomasville. She was the tenth child and last daughter of Richard Jr. (Louise) Gullette.

Manzie graduated from Camden Academy High School in 1939 and Alabama State College for Negroes in 1950, now known as Alabama State University. She was a retired elementary school teacher from the Thomasville Public School System with 33 years of service.

She was a member of the NEA, AEA, The Retired Teachers Association of Alabama, Alabama State University Alumni and Camden Academy Alumni Association, where she was a member of the Nonagenarians (90+ Club). Until her health failed, she was a very active member of The New Greater First Baptist Church of Thomasville.

She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, greatgrandmother and the last aunt of the family.

She is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Barbara (John) Drumgole of Flint, Mich.; grandson DeWayne (Margaret) Drumgole of Waidrof, Md.; great-grandchildren, Ayandi, Jadon and Azekel Drumgole; brother, Richard Gullette, III of New Orleans, La.; two stepdaughters, Bruties (Ralph) Lindsey of Pensacola, Fla., Geneva (Ronald) Padgett of Tallahassee, Fla.; two stepsons, Larry (Tina) Manzie of Saginaw, Mich. and Rev. Charles (Jeanette) Manzie of Mobile; sister-in-law, Emma Manzie Kennedy of Pittsfield, Mass., many nieces and nephews and devoted caregiver, Lula Skinner of Mobile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Louise Gullette, husband, Rev. C. H. Manzie, five sisters, four brothers, granddaughter, Nicole Drumgole and stepdaughter, Ethel Matthews.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 29 at the New Greater First Baptist Church of Thomasville with Rev. Carlton L. Hogue officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Reese Funeral Home directing.

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