James Challis Mancil

July 24, 1964 ~ May 16, 2019 (age 54)


Mr. James Challis Mancil, 54 of Blackshear, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 16, 2019, at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Born in Live Oak, FL on July 24, 1964, he had grown up in Jasper, FL and Pearson, GA before moving to Blackshear in 1986. Mr. Mancil had worked in construction as a pipefitter for L & D Construction before becoming disabled. He loved his family - especially his grandbabies, his adopted family and numerous friends. He was a big fan of NASCAR, Dr. Pepper, and the Florida Gators. Mr. Mancil also loved to cook - fried chicken and cracklin' cornbread were two of his specialties. He was a member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.

He was a son of the late Jessie Coleman & Lizzie Mae Leavens Mancil. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Bonnie Faye Mancil and Matilda Diane Mancil.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Diane Groover Mancil of Blackshear; two daughters and a son-in-law, Heather & Dustin Gay and Mary Katlynn Mancil all of Blackshear; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wesley & Jenifer Mancil and Brandon Mancil all of Blackshear; two sisters, Mary Tanner and Susan Tanner both of Pearson; two brothers, Jessie Mancil of Pearson and John Henry Mancil of Tallahassee, FL; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Christina & Doug Odle of Jonesville, VA, and Debbie & William Peacock, Gina & Robin Crawford, Wendy Hunter (Michelle Howell), and Ricky & Angela Sheffield all of Blackshear; 10 grandchildren, Breydon Gay, Kalyn Carter, Rhett Gay, Kallye Gay, McKinlyn Carter, Lauren Gay, Benzleigh Fogle, Braxtynn Fogle, Dylan Gay, and Baxley Mancil; special nephews, Jonathan Sears, Payton Hunter, Donald Sears, and Josh Carter; and several nieces, and other nephews and relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Mancil will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 11:00 o'clock from the Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:00 PM 5/21/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/21/2019 8:00:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home

PO Box 375
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
PO Box 375 Blackshear 31516 GA
United States
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
11:00 AM 5/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Youmans Chapel Baptist Church

Youmans Chapel Road
Blackshear, GA 31516

Youmans Chapel Baptist Church
Youmans Chapel Road Blackshear 31516 GA
United States

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