Remembering former City Councilman Mann

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Longtime Sanford City Councilman Linwood Mann Sr., died Thursday. 

Mann, 85, who served on the council from 1995 to 2011, worked in the hardware industry for nearly 50 years and was known for his hardware expertise,

He ran several times unopposed during his elections, according to Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive.

"He spoke his mind and you knew where he stood on things," Olive said. "He raised a fine son and daughter. They are quite a reflection on the kind of person he was."

Councilman James "J.D." Williams served on the board with Mann.   

"Linwood was a mentor to me," Williams said. "He was there when I got there. I grew up in the Jonesboro area, so I got to know Linwood from a very young age."

Williams bought his first guitar at Mann's hardware store and said Mann served on the Sanford-Lee County Planning Board for nearly two decades before joining the council.

"Linwood was a dedicated council member to the City of Sanford and to the Jonesboro area," Williams said. "People used to call him 'Mr. Jonesboro.'"

Mann possessed a treasure trove of knowledge, Williams said, often passing on his wisdom to new council members.

"I am sorry that he has gone," he said. "I send my condolences to the family. Raised in the Jonesboro area, I feel like Linwood was a part of our family as well as a member of his family."

Several individuals expressed their condolences on The Sanford Herald Facebook page, calling Mann an angel, great friend, Jonesboro icon and a true Southern gentleman.

The funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.