JSU candlelight vigil set to honor Devon Mannery


From staff reports


Family and friends as well as the Jackson State University community continue to mourn the passing of Devon Mannery, who was killed in a car accident along I-55 in Madison the morning of Oct. 17. Mannery, 20, of Jackson was a part of JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band and on the drumline.

A candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, at Amphitheater B in front of Jacob L. Reddix Hall on campus.

In addressing band members about Mannery’s passing, JSU Band Director Roderick Little said, “Mr. Mannery played in the percussion section in which he was a major asset and a young man with a very promising future. Although he did not participate in band this year, he is still, very much so, a part of our Sonic Boom family. I can imagine that the percussion section will feel this the most, so support them even more.

“If I had all of the answers of the way of the world I’d share, but I do not. Some things are not meant for us to understand to maintain the natural order of things. I am planning to pay tribute to him, and also those we’ve lost along the way, in the future.”

A public visitation is set for 1-6 p.m. Oct. 21, at Jackson Memorial Funeral Service, 1000 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave. in Jackson. Family hour is from 6-7 p.m. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at Word & Worship Church, 77 Jeff Stallworth Way, I-220 in Jackson. Interment will take place at Garden Memorial Park, 8001 U.S. Hwy 49 in Jackson.

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