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 service the Maness family.

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  1. Frances Maness was like a Mother to me . I was blessed to be able to work with her for 20 years . I loved her . Got bless you all family . Love and prayers . Mickey

  2. We love you all. Your Mom and Dad opened their home and hearts to many of us kids growing up together. They were both very loved by us.I pray that God gives you his peace that passes all understanding. All praise to God for the Christian life she lived and the example she was before us all.

  3. Frances was such a good Christian woman. Melvin and I loved her so much. She sat in front of us at church for over 50 years. She raised a good family and was loved by many. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her and James Paul (Nut) are together again.

  4. Francis was my first cousin, always a good person, we had many good times visiting when we were growing up, she will be missed!

  5. Francis always treated me like an extra grandchild when I came over to her house with Meagan. I have many great memories of her hugs and hospitality. She will be missed.

  6. The world lost a precious soul but heaven gained a precious angel. Prayers and hugs to all of you. Your family is so loved💕

  7. Mrs. Frances was a precious lady!! I only knew her for a short time but you could feel and see the love she had for y’all. She may not of knew you but she knew she loved you!! I will forever be grateful that I got the honor and privilege to help care for her these last few months! Love and prayers for each of you in the days ahead

  8. Mrs Francis was a very special sweet lady to all that knew her. She always welcomed me and my family into her home and made us feel like part of the family . Wonderful memories of a true Christian woman. Love and prayers to the family ❤️❤️

  9. Mike, Randy, Paul, Bethany,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Mrs. Maness. A guiet, peaceful, loving lady. She was always so kind to us when we met at Thigpen’s or in other settings. She will be missed. We love you all. May God cradle you in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come.

  10. Miss Frances was a sweet lady. I worked with her for a few years and she and James Paul would surprise me with chew bread. She was a very special person.

    My prayers and condolences to the family.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. I didn’t know her but I do know some of her children. May God Bless you and give you peace during this trying time

  12. Thinking of your family, especially during this sad time!
    Hold on to the special memories of your mama and know you are loved by us!
    Your friendship is special to us …
    Keith & Gala LeGrand

  13. To a family that I love so very much, I am so sorry for your loss. I know each of you will miss her but she is free of pain and heaven has gained an angel. The love that each of you have given to her is a love that so many elderly people never get. My prayers are with you in the difficult days ahead. May God give you strength knowing she has gone home and you will see her again.

  14. My Sincere Sympathy for all of Frances family! I know you will miss her but just imagine that reunion in heaven! She will always live on in your hearts!

  15. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and our church family at Flint Hill. Frances and her family will forever be a part of our family. Prayers and much love!!♡♡

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