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In Memory of

A. L. Mangham

December 17, 1922 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


The Fourth Marine Division is reassembling man by man in Heaven, and A. L. Mangham returned to active duty in the dawn of November 22, 2016. The division is nearly complete. He was blessed with a life full of meaningful days and cherished friendships. He was born in Nacogdoches County on December 17, 1922 to Alonzo Livingston Mangham, Sr. and Gladys Skeeters Mangham. He joined an older sister, Elva Skeeters, to complete their family of four.

His early years were spent in Appleby and he maintained a lifetime affection for his roots in...

The Fourth Marine Division is reassembling man by man in Heaven, and A. L. Mangham returned to active duty in the dawn of November 22, 2016. The division is nearly complete. He was blessed with a life full of meaningful days and cherished friendships. He was born in Nacogdoches County on December 17, 1922 to Alonzo Livingston Mangham, Sr. and Gladys Skeeters Mangham. He joined an older sister, Elva Skeeters, to complete their family of four.

His early years were spent in Appleby and he maintained a lifetime affection for his roots in that particular part of Nacogdoches County. A.L. is preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Greg Mangham; sister, Elva Skeeters Pearce and husband Austin. He is survived by his wife Nancy; son, Craig Mangham; daughters, Cheri Mangham McGuire and husband Joe, Christi Mangham; grandsons, Christopher Allen, Aaron Mangham; step-children, Arthur Speck, Jr. and wife Elizabeth, Virginia Speck Amason and husband Bert; step-grandchildren, Cathryn Carter Speck, Arthur Speck, III, Emily Amason, Edith Amason, Gilbert Amason IV; nephew, Charles Pearce and many cousins and other relations
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With a deep friendship of mutual respect and common understanding, A.L. asked his friend Archie McDonald to write his obituary. Archie wrote many vignettes that included his friend A. L.. Just this week I have reviewed Archie's files and thoughts. The earliest file was dated Fall of 1988 and begins with a declaration that he (Archie) was writing what was represented in his heart. The following are quotes from those files complied over a number of years including those just prior to Archie's loss of life.

Archie reminisces over the chuckles they and others shared about the language Vic Fain called Manganese.

Archie cited A.L.'s frequent reference to the Dog Pond rather than POUND. just one example of Manganese recorded in the City of Nacogdoches meetings. Archie referred to A.L. as the Alcalde and felt the Spanish term fit the character of Mayor Mangham because he was more than just a mayor, he was involved like the Alcaldes in all aspects of his jurisdiction. A.L. served in the Navy and the Marines in both enlisted and officer positions, primarily in health related positions and on the battlefields of Pacific Islands as a Corpsman.

After 24 years in the military, Mangham retired and returned to Nacogdoches and pursued civic opportunities in banking and numerous leadership positions. A.L.'s love of people and his homeland enabled him to be successful in banking and public service. McDonald observed that it was Mangham's philosophy that if one did what was good for the people without guile and pursuit of personal gain all people would be improved and our community would be filled with respect for human dignity and human concern. The Alcalde always spoke of making decisions to take action or to Not take actions based on whether it would be good for "the people." In concluding his written remarks, McDonald thanked the Alcalde for being a Great American and incidentally, for the reservoirs, the paved streets, the highways, the lake, the airport, loaning monies to young professionals for cars and homes, for examples of good government and for being the best at what he determined to do.
Thank you Archie~
Nancy & family

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be offered atwww.casonmonk-metcalf.com