I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Bro. Manuel Washington was born February 28, 1924, to the late David and Jane Johnson Washington in Garland, Louisiana. He was married to the late Lessie Mae Randall Washington. Bro. Manuel Washington at ninety-seven years old made his way to his heavenly home with thirty-eight minutes to his ninety-eighth birthday to forever be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 27, 2022, with family at Southwest Veteran's Home in Jennings, LA
He was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church where he served on the usher board. He served with honors in World War II as part of the United States Army. He was a member of the Legionary Post 551, executive officer of Local 207, and belonged to the Mason Lodge #26. Bro. Manuel was the last of seven siblings. Bro. Manuel enjoyed working in his yard, listening, and dancing to music, and of course, sitting on his porch listening to them jokers telling them lies. He also enjoyed carpentry work; he loved wearing his sheriff uniform and carrying his badge. He had no shame in pulling out his badge to let you know he is the police. That was his way of keeping things in order. He took immense pride in taking care of his children.
Bro Manuel loved the Lord, even as he was going through challenging times, he kept his faith and continued to sing songs of Zion like “Yes Lord,” “Somebody Prayed for Me,” “Glory, Glory Hallelujah since I laid my burdens down,” “Jesus Keep Me near the Cross,” “Guide Me O Thy Great Jehovah,” and many other hymns. He encouraged his children to stay with the Lord. He may have forgotten the conversations. Maybe he did not remember he had eaten, but we are ever so grateful he remembered his children’s names. Most important of all, he remembered God and never forgot who God is. Gone but not forgotten.
Those left to cherish his precious memory are eight daughters, Jerodean Chaney, Port Arthur, TX, Lois Ann Brannigan, Los Angeles, CA, Ruth Duhon, Brenda (Freddie) Harrison, Nola Gardner, Etta (Mark) Perron, Wilma Washington, Vidalia August all of Lake Charles, LA; four sons, Samuel Batiste Sr., Dallas, GA, David (Pamela) Washington Sr., Emanuel (Karen) Washington, and Daniel (Kathleen) Washington Sr. all of Lake Charles, LA. Thirty-seven grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and an adopted friend he called son, Mack Golden.
Bro. Manuel Washington was preceded in death by his wife, Lessie Mae Randle Washington; parents, David and Jane Washington; sons, James Breaux and Phillip Washington; daughters, Gaynell Washington and Joy Clark; three brothers, Jessie, Leonard, and George Washington Sr.; three sisters, Ethel Lee, Dorothy Joyner, and Helen White; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.