Martha Hensley Manning

Friday, January 25, 1935 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A Loving Mother and Grandmother

Photo of Martha Hensley Manning  - 1935-2020

Arden- Our courageous and beloved mother, Martha Hensley Manning, lovingly known by her family as "Mama", "Mamaw", "Granny Mart" and as "Nanny", age 85, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Universal Healthcare in Fletcher, NC.

Martha was born in Asheville to her late parents,Ona Lambert Hensley and William Pritchard Hensley. Faith was an important part of Martha’s life, and she was a member of Biltmore Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Connor Roberts, III, and by her second husband, Earl Wayne Manning; her brother, Joseph Samuel Hensley; and by her precious newborn granddaughter, Ashley Kathleen Roberts.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Terry Bennett (Hilton) and Cindy Drake (Doug); her son, Robin Roberts (Lisa); six loving grandchildren, Kris Cox (Young), Lori Stoopman (Chris), Levi Bennett (Amber), Connor Roberts (Brittany), Corey Roberts (Javi) and Colby Roberts; four precious great-grandchildren, Jac Chapman, Kannon Chapman, Hank Bennett, and Leia Bennett whom she adored; and her three siblings, Deana Hensley Reynolds (Charles), Mildred Sue Pavlisko, and William Paul Hensley.

Ms. Manning had a love for life and loved her family and friends dearly. Due to Covid-19, the family will be honoring her memory with a celebration of her life “Hootenanny for Nanny” with friends and family to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Martha's memory to The American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to Four Seasons Hospice at 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Manning family.

Condolences from family and friends

She was perfect in every way. Prayers,condolences and hugs to you all. God will comfort and bring you peace today, tomorrow and always!
Kim Gilliam
We cherish our memories of Aunt Martha. She brought love and laughter to so many!!
Rosemary & Bob Pavlisko
Mrs. Drake, I am so sorry to hear about your Mama. Love you and your family so much!
Briana Branch
Your dear sweet mama, sweet sister, sweet grandma, sweet Aunt. To all who loved her, and that is all who knew her, so so sorry she left us so soon. Till we see you again, Aunt Martha, we love you so much!
Ona Hensley
Love to you all. We love our mammas.
Teresa and Tim O’Brien
Deepest sympathy. the family is in our prayers
Paula Smith
Terry, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I will be praying for you and your family. Isn’t it wonderful that you will be able to see her again in heaven!
Sandra Crawford