Bert Ellis Mann
Bert Ellis Mann
  • June 23, 1925 - August 13, 2016
  • Plano, Texas

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Bert Ellis Mann, 91, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016. His family will be receiving friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the Discovery Room of the First Baptist Church Odessa. The funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August, 20, 2016 in the sanctuary with Pastor Byron McWilliams officiating. The graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Bert was born at home June 23, 1925 in rural Decatur, TX. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he entered college at Hardin-Simmons University graduating with a BBA in 1949 and Master of Education in 1954. He married his college sweetheart, Dorothy Blanche Crabtree, on August 19, 1950 in Abilene, TX and moved to Odessa in August 1953.

Early on, Bert taught business subjects at Odessa High School and evening classes at Odessa College. He became an elementary school teacher and then a principal. The highlight of his 40-year career in education was opening Blanton Elementary School as its principal in 1981.

Bert was very active in his church at First Baptist Odessa. He was in the Chancel Choir from 1954 to 2015 serving in leadership roles including President throughout this time. He became a deacon in 1957. Bert taught the youth in Sunday School for 32 years. He served on many church committees including Youth, Library, Nominating, Hospitality, Mission Action, Widow Ministry, Christian Action and the Committee on Committees. Filling temporary vacancies, he served as the Church Financial Secretary two summers and as the Church Secretary one summer to Pastor Rasco.

And, Bert served the larger community as a member of the Jaycees in Orange, TX and as a member of the Lions Club in Odessa. He volunteered with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alliance Hospital, Odessa Regional Medical Center, and the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. He has been involved with the Permian Play-house theater and was an original patron of the Globe Theatre of the Great Southwest. He held life members in the Texas State Teachers Association, the Parent Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Texas Elementary Principals Association, and the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Alvin Mann (1955) and Mary Margaret Carlton Mann (1976); siblings, Fidella Gage (1998), Christelle Martin (2012), and Carlton Mann (2012); children, Richard Keith Mann (1953) and David Randall Mann (1962). He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Crabtree Mann; siblings, Frankie Miliara of Lewisville, TX and L.W. Mann of Alvord, TX; sons, Chuck Mann and wife Shirley of Plano, TX, Craig Mann of Cypress, TX; grandchildren, Melissa Mann Raptis and husband George of Cortland, OH, Chelsea Mann Suggs and husband Brady of Lewisville, TX, Jake Mann of Denton, TX, Kyndall Mann Daniel and husband Preston of Bedford, TX, and Luke Mann and wife Laurie of Houston, TX; and great grandchildren, Elias Raptis, Abby Raptis, and Corbin Raptis of Cortland, OH and Caden Suggs of Lewisville, TX.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bert's memory to the First Baptist Church Odessa Music Ministry where he served for 62 years. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.