Melvin P. “Jim” Mankins, 82, of Lake Lynn, Pa., died Friday, February 15, 2019, at his home, following a lengthy illness. Born in Lake Lynn on Dec. 4, 1936, he was a son of the late Catherine Mankins Graham.
He was retired from West Virginia University, where he worked for more than 20 years in the housing department. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Jim honorably served for over 12 years in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 747, and the American Legion, Post 499, all of Point Marion, and faithfully participated in the military funeral detail for area veterans for many years.
Surviving are five children, Charles “Cork” Mankins and wife Sheryl, of Point Marion, Michael Mankins, of South Carolina, Jerry Mankins, of Texas, Michelle Chipps-Flowers, of Morgantown, and Kim Greathouse, of Point Marion; a step-daughter, Diana Darnell, of Cheat Lake; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; a brother, Thomas Mankins of Dilliner; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia “Peach” Mankins; a former wife, Maddie Marie Weeks; three step–children, Albert Greathouse, Jr., Pam Cogar and Peg Burnette; two grandchildren, Stephanie Mankins, J.R. Darnell; a great-grandson, Kyler Catlett; two brothers, Charles “Gene” Mankins and Albert “Jack” Mankins; and three sisters, Betty Lewis, Joan “Nan” Burnette and Pearl Rose.
The family will receive friends in the Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, from 2 -4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, and from 10 a.m. Monday, until 11 a.m., the hour of service, with his nephew, the Rev. French Jenkins, officiating. Military honors, accorded by his friends from the Point Marion Veterans Posts, will follow the funeral service.