Obituary for John Howard Maness

John Howard (Johnny) Maness answered the call of his Heavenly Father at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital on Monday, September 13th, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in 1951 and raised in Robbins, North Carolina, Johnny was a life-long resident of Moore county. Johnny kept busy, he had many hobbies and always had an on-going project. As a child one of the many things he learned from his elders was gardening, and as Pop he passed his knowledge along. He was a serial entrepreneur and owned many local businesses. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping – but his favorite time was spent with his adoring wife, their children, and grandchildren. Johnny met the love of his life, Hope, at a local dance in 1976. It was love at first sight and shortly thereafter they were wed. A couple of years later they expanded their family and went on to create many unforgettable memories. To Johnny family meant everything.

Johnny was preceded in death by: parents Felton and Maxine Williams Maness; beloved in-laws Everett Haywood and Joyce Frye Haywood; brother Michael Maness, sister Sarah Connell; and two grandchildren Brighton Hope and baby Coconut. Johnny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Hope Haywood Maness. He was the father of Chris Maness of Carthage, Hollie Morgan, husband Will, their children Lacey and Cash, of West End, and Brandon Maness, wife Brooke, their children Madeline and JB, of West End.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brighton Hope Cuddle Cot Fund and/or the Moore County Animal Shelter.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the medical staff at Moore Regional ICU for their devoted care; and to all of the family, friends, and community for their prayers, love and support.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes.

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