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Celebration of life
John 11:19-26, NKJV
AND MANY OF THE JEWS HAD JOINED THE WOMEN AROUND MARTHA AND MARY, TO COMFORT THEM CONCERING THEIR BROTHER. THEN MARTHA, AS SOON AS SHE HEARD THAT JESUS WAS COMING, WENT AND MET HIM, BUT MARY WAS SITTIN IN THE HOUSE> NOW MARTHA SAID TO JESUS, "LORD IF YOU HAD BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED. "BUT EVEN NOW I KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK OF GOD, GOD WILL GIVE YOU." "JESUS SAID TO HER, "YOUR BROTHER WILL RISE AGAIN." MARTHA SIDE TO HIM, I KNOW THAT HE WILL RIS AGAIN IN THE RESURRECTION AT THE LASD DAY. JESUS SAID TO HER, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE MAY DIE, HE SHALL LIVE. "AND WHOEVER LIVES AND BELIVES IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?"
Robert Leroy McManus, Jr., affectionally known as ToeJoe, Rob, Finn, and Roscoe. The son of the late Robert Leroy McManus, Sr. and the late Jane Natalie Jones, was born on August 11,1963 in Cheverly, Maryland. He was the youngest of 7 children, two brothers (William and Nathaniel, Sr.) and four sisters (Carolyn, Cheryl, Myra, and Daphne).
At the age of 60, during the early morning hours on Thursday, October 12, 2023, Robert quietly transitioned to his heavenly home surround by his loved ones, at his residence.
Robert spent his early years in the home of his ancestors, in Muirkirk, Maryland. He later relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. Robert was reared and nurtured in a Christian home. He attended Queen’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was christened by the late Reverend John L. Winters. He served on the Children’s Choir under the direction of the late Lucille Gilbert. He also served as an Acolyte and attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
Robert was educated in the Prince George’s County Public School System. While attending High School he took up a carpentry trade. He received his High School diploma from Laurel Senior High School in 1982.
Robert’s first car was a blue Ford Escort, you could always find him cleaning and shining that car and blasting Frankie Beverly and Maze. One of his favorite songs by that group was “When You Love Someone”. It also brought joy to his heart whenever him and his sister Daphne would cruise around the neighborhood.
Robert was a committed and dedicated worker, he started his first job at The Hechinger Company which was located in Landover, Maryland. Then from there he was employed with Toys R’ Us in Beltsville, Maryland.
He was employed with Capital Mailing in Muirkirk, Maryland for 15 years, Calico Industries in Annapolis Junction, Maryland for 3 years and Bayview Biometric Company in Baltimore, Maryland for 11 years. He worked part-time at Amazon for a brief period of time. Robert was employed with M.B. Klein Inc. aka Model Train Stuff in Cockeysville, Maryland until his untimely death.
Robert was an avid Washington Redskins Fan (currently known as the Washington Commanders). His other love of sports was baseball, his favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles. His wife would often find him watching other sports as well. He had a love for sports!!!
Robert had a special relationship with his late uncle Virtus McManus, he lived with him for a short period of time in Washington, DC. Gaining the nickname Uncle Virtus gave him, which was “June Bug” and “June”.
Robert was very fond of his nieces and nephews. He and his oldest nephew Cordell had a very special bond. His youngest niece Chante’ would affectionally call him “Uncle Robbie.” He also shared a special bond with his cousins, Michael Smith whom he called “Herb”, Paul Dodson whom he called “Smitty”, Dale Hebron whom he called “Jake” and the late Troy Smith whom he called “Rockie”. His childhood friends were Roger Jones, William “Billy” Hughes, Devro Hebron, and the late Jerod Hebron, Sr.
He met and married Lisa Renee McCullum and from this union two beautiful daughters were born, Alisha and Aaliyah. From a previous relationship with the late Juandolyn Mapson, three beautiful daughters were born Brittani, Rayshawn, and Nakeia. Robert loved his family, especially his wife and his girls. He also adored his only grandchild, Gabriel. Robert cherished every moment he got to spend with him.
There were often times when Robert and his family would go shopping together, their favorite store was Walmart. Sometimes he would tell Lisa “Okay Babe we’re not going to Walmart today” LOL (Laugh Out Loud).
Until his untimely death, Robert attended virtual worship service which was held at Salem Baptist Church located in Baltimore, Maryland under the leadership of Pastors John and Jimmie Robinson III. They often visited and had prayer with Robert and his family.
Left to celebrate his life and cherish his memories, his devoted wife: Lisa McManus; 5 daughters: Brittani Mapson, Rayshawn Mapson, Nakeia McManus, Alisha McManus, and Aaliyah McManus; one grandson: Gabriel McManus; mother-in-law: Lottie McCallum; father-in-law: David Whiting
4 sisters: Carolyn David, Cheryl Campbell (William), Myra Snowden (Michael - Deceased), and Daphne McManus; 2 brothers: William Jones (Diane - Deceased) and Nathaniel Jones, Sr. (Shirley); 3 brothers-in-law: Joseph McCallum, Jerry McCallum (Gleniece), Damon Brooks (Corinthia); one aunt: Sally McManus-Baxter of North Carolina; one uncle: Fred McManus of New York; 5 nieces: Dawn Brown, Danielle Deloatch, Latasha Ball, Turkessa Norwood and Chante’ Campbell; 6 nephews: Cordell Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Jr., Tyrone Cooper (Deceased) and Marcus Campbell (Deceased), Jerry McCallum, Jr., Damon Brooks, Jr.; Godmother: Sandra Smith; God sister: Jere’ Fegans and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lovingly and Sorrowfully Submitted,