Manley Siler

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Reuben Manley Siler, Jr. went to be with God on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Manley was born in Mercer, Tenn. to Opal Irene and Reuben M. Siler, Sr. and was a talented athlete throughout his school years, playing varsity basketball and baseball. He earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and went on to work on the Saturn booster that made it possible for our manned moon landing which earned his designation as a "rocket scientist" with NASA in Huntsville, Ala.

He later joined the Hewlett Packard Co. and worked in sales, marketing and management in Huntsville, Atlanta, Ga. and Ft. Collins, Colo.

Upon retirement in 1997, Manley moved to St. George Island and became a fulltime resident. Retirement became as busy as his fulltime job had been. His love of golf led to his help in creating the St. George Island Men's Golf Association and playing at least three times a week; he chaired the Civic Club's Seafood Festival booth for many years; he was a board member of the St. George Plantation and served on and chaired many committees there; and he was a docent for the lighthouse museum and served on the finance committee at Trinity Church.

He and his wife shared a love of travel, and he had visited every continent on our planet as well as most of its countries.

He was a loving husband to his wife, Glen, and devoted father to his daughter, Magan (husband William Flynn) and son, Gregory (wife Caitlin Foxley). His grandchildren were the joy of his life and included Andrew Gregory Flynn (Baylor, Waco, Texas); Christopher Manley Flynn (San Francisco, Calif.); Molly Flynn (Ann Arbor, Mich. - also a "rocket scientist"); Nathaniel Manley Siler and Benjamin Siler, of Memphis, Tenn.; Molli Foxley (UT, Martin, Tenn.) and Betsy Foxley (Omaha, Neb.). Manley also leaves his brother William (Bill) Siler (wife Bonnie) of Memphis, Tenn.

To all who knew and loved Manley, he was the embodiment of wit, love and wisdom - a man of integrity. A celebration of his life (a life well lived) will be announced for May.



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