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 July 24, 1964, he had grown up in Jasper, FL and Pearson, before moving to Blackshear in 1986. He 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. He 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 and Lizzie Mae Leavens Mancil. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Faye Mancil and Matilda Diane Mancil.

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

Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, from the Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at http://www.pearsondial.com

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

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