Death – Obituary for Frances Lee Wicker Maness of Robbins

Death – Obituary

Frances Lee Wicker Maness, age 83 of Robbins died Saturday January 8th, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Flint Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. William J. Hancock and Pastor Brian Maness. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Kennedy Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday, January 10, 2022 and other times at the home.

A native of Moore County she was a daughter of the late Charles Furman Wicker and Clara Taylor Wicker. She was valedictorian of the last graduating class of Farm Life High School in Carthage NC.  During her senior year she married the love of her life, James Paul Maness of Robbins.  Shortly thereafter he joined the army and left for Germany.  After graduation she moved to Washington DC where she worked for over a year as a secretary for the FBI.  Upon James Paul’s return she settled down as a homemaker and raised a family of five.  In the mid 1980’s she returned to work as a legal secretary for the law office of Frank Thigpen and attended Sandhills Community College at night where she earned her degree in Business Administration.  She worked for over 20 years for Frank and his staff before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Paul Maness, a daughter Michelle Moore, a grandson Christopher Maness, a brother Mack Wicker and a sister Jean Brown.

She is survived by sons James Michael Maness and Rhonda of Robbins, Randal Keith Maness of Clayton, Anthony Paul Maness of Robbins; daughter Bethany Lambert and husband Chris of Robbins; son-in-law Tony Moore of Robbins; sisters Carolyn Brown of Newport NC and Ann McCrary of Lexington NC; brother Robert Wicker of Carthage NC; grandchildren Mandy McNeill, Meagan Oyster, Daniel Moore, Taylor Moore, Rachel Maness, Chloe Maness, Kirby Lambert, Trevor Lambert, Nicholas Lambert; great-grandchildren Mattie McNeill, Eli McNeill, Kayla Oyster, Isabella Oyster and Levi Oyster.

The family would like to acknowledge her very special care giver, Leslie Brewer LePlume of Robbins, who provided in-home care and so much love for the past few months.

They would also like to extend their gratitude for the care and home visits their mother received from the staff of FirstHealth Hospice.

Memorials may be made FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or to The Alzheimer’s Association at

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Maness family.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.