STEPHENVILLE Ė Memorial services for Morris Leon Manley, 76, educator, coach and principal, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Stephenville with Rev. Howard Martin officiating. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home.
Leon Manley was born in Lubbock County to George Walter and Mary Ruth (Slater) Manley. He married Shirley Watson on Aug. 4, 1957 in Hale County.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Stephenville Lion's Club, Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and a Texas State Teachers Association lifetime member.
Upon graduation from West Texas A&M University, Leon signed a contract with the newly organized Dallas Cowboys to play football. However, he chose coaching instead. He began his coaching career in 1960 in Lamesa. He continued his career at Gainesville and Denison and in 1970, he was hired as the head football coach and athletic director in Olney. He accepted the Stephenville head football coach and athletic director job in 1973. He retired from SISD in 1993, moved to Breckenridge for 13 years and returned to Stephenville in 2008. During his career, he taught math and driverís education, operated the concession stand and helped organize the Stephenville Lionís Club Cross Timbers Basketball Tournament and the Breckenridge Lionís Club annual peanut and candy sales. He started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Stephenville High School, and as principal, he started the Renaissance Program.
Leonís legacy as a leader was demonstrated through his roles as Head Football Coach, Administrator, Principal, Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association, TRTA President for Stephenville and Breckenridge, District TRTA President, United Way President, and Stephenville Lionís Club President. He was also a member of the Academic Hall of Fame and the West Texas A&M Hall of Fame. He also served as an administrator and committee leader for the First United Methodist Church in both Stephenville and Breckenridge, and led Sunday School and church endeavors. Leon was a servant at heart, demonstrated through his interest in kids as a coach, mentoring disadvantaged elementary school children, serving as a member of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and fixing all things for neighbors, friends, and strangers alike. Leon was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Manley of Stephenville; daughter, Judy Carter and husband, Rick, of Bluff Dale; three sons, Mark Manley and wife, Anita, of Wichita Falls, Scott Manley and wife, Lura, of Stephenville, and Charles Peek and wife, Kathy, of Springdale, AR; sister, Lenora Teaff and husband, Marshall, of Youngsville, NC; brother, Wilton Manley of Amarillo, TX; sisters-in-law, Dorthy Manley of Breckenridge, TX, Margie Manley of Pharr, TX, Nancy Monk of Tahoka, and Barbara Watson of Amarillo; grandchildren, Brandon Huckabee, Matthew Manley and wife, Ashleigh, Denise Manley, Christa Manley, Amy Manley, Bryan Manley, Justin Peek and fiance, Sarah Barnett, Philip Peek and wife, Stephanie, and Kimberly Peek; two great-grandchildren, Miles and McCall Manley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joel and Marvin Manley; one granddaughter, Michelle Manley; two brothers in-law, Larry Monk and Gerald Watson.
Memorials may be made to The James L. West Alzheimer's Center, 1111 Summit Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.