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Josephine Catherine Gill Manuel

March 17, 1922 January 18, 2021
Josephine Catherine Gill Manuel
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Obituary for Josephine Catherine Gill Manuel

Appleton, SC
Josephine Catherine Gill Manuel, age 98, was escorted into heaven by angels on January 18, 2021.

Born on March 17, 1922, in Appleton, S.C., Josephine, lovingly referred to as “Jo,” was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a doting grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid gardener, known throughout the community for her abundant collection of beautiful ferns. Josephine was the epitome of hospitable, as she opened her home often to host large family lunches on Sundays. Family gathered to eat Josephine’s delicious meals, often made with what was grown in the garden just outside the back door at home. Her pies and cakes were especially delicious and coveted by family and friends. Josephine took ownership of Manuel’s Grocery from her father, William Baker Gill. She served the communities of Appleton and Allendale at Manuel’s Grocery for her entire life, until her retirement in 2005. For over 60 years, Josephine never missed a day of opening the store to her community. She warmly welcomed local customers as well as those who were making a quick stop while traveling down Hwy. 125. No matter who walked in the door of Manuel’s Grocery, Josephine extended kindness and compassion. Josephine’s life was one of serving God and others through her demonstrated faith and caring for people. She was a life-long member of Mount Arnon Baptist Church and loved sharing her faith with others. She was a selfless giver and never missed an opportunity to offer encouragement to others.

Josephine deeply loved her family. She was married for 57 years to the late Angus Wyman “A.W.” Manuel. She is survived by her son, Tommy (Patricia) of Elgin, S.C.; grandchildren Todd Manuel (Brandi), of Columbia, S.C., Ashley Manuel Dusenbury (Jonathan), of Irmo, S.C., and three great-grandsons, Justin Caleb Dusenbury (18), William Garrett Dusenbury (14), and Wyman Baker Manuel (7).

Josephine’s family extends gratitude to the staff and management of Harter Nursing Center, who cared for her for nearly eight years.

A private service and burial for Josephine’s immediate family will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Arnon Baptist Church, 3358 Barnwell Highway, Allendale, S.C. 29810.

Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, SC 29810

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