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James Timothy McManus, age 67 of Scaggs Lane, Hillsboro, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington.

Born May 9, 1949, in Morehead, he was a son of the late Joseph Henry McManus and Pauline "Polly" Messer McManus.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Lois Sewell McManus, whom he wed June 24, 1972; four children, James Michael McManus of Hillsboro, Krista Finch (Daniel) of Georgetown, Starley McManus of Mt. Sterling, and Polly Sanning (Joe) of Lexington; and three grandchildren, Ethan and Aidyn Sanning and Lillian Finch.

Other survivors include five brothers and sisters, Faye McManus of Mt. Vernon, Rita Porter (Roger) of Morehead, Sally Trent (Gary) of Morehead, Pat McManus of Irvine, and Kathy Neal (Chuck) of Richmond, as well as nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by beloved nephews, Jeff Porter and Shawn McManus.

Tim was born and raised in Rowan County. After graduating from Rowan County High School, he continued working at Allen's IGA. Uncle Sam called and he completed his training at Fort Knox and at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, where he worked as a radio teletype operator and developed a love for German food and beer. He received the M-14 Sharp Shooter Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Upon returning home, he worked at Cave Run for the Corp of Engineers. He then completed college at Morehead State University. In 1975 he began teaching 5th grade at Tilden Hogge Elementary. He absolutely loved teaching, retired in 2000 after 25 years, and was placed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He loved running into former students and listening to their praise for him and their accomplishments.
Tim loved Friday night poker with his family and friends and his Pabst Blue Ribbon. He never met a stranger and never was at a loss for words. Going to Mass at Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church was such a gift to his spirit. He always felt loved and uplifted after the service. To Carl's Barber Shop, the Huddle House, Don Señor's, and China Café, he enjoyed you so much. To our 4 children, 2 sons-in-law, and 3 grandchildren, what blessings they were to him and what joy they brought.

"He said to me that I was the reason he had a good life, but the opposite was true. He was that fast moving wind beneath MY wings." - Lois McManus

A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul Prabell and the Rev. Arturo Molina officiating. Full military honors will be presented at the church by Morehead American Legion Post 126.

Pallbearers: Daniel Finch, Joe Sanning, Kevin Trent, Bruce Cecil, Roger Porter, and Gary Thomas.

Honorary Pallbearers: Mike McManus, Pat McManus, Gary Trent, Fred Ellington, Curt Cundiff, Tim Ramsey, Dale Faye, Delmas Ferguson, Dandell Caudill, Sean Mulcahy, Mike Sewell, Jimmy Watson, and the Class of 1967.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Tilden-Hogge School, 5955 Cranston Road, Morehead, KY 40351 or Corbie Ellington American Legion Post 126, P. O. Box 58, Morehead, KY 40351.

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