Lorenzo Wydell Manley

Sunrise: September 28, 1960

Sunset: October 9, 2023

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God; in Him will I trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2

Lorenzo “Wydell” Manley, affectionately known as Daddy, PaPa, and Superhero by his children and grandchildren transitioned from his earthly tabernacle on Monday, October 9, 2023, at his home. He was the oldest of six children born to the late Otis Manley Sr. and Margie Engram of Chesapeake, VA on September 28, 1960. 

Lorenzo was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. He was a 1980 graduate of Lake Taylor High School. After high school, Lorenzo worked at Norfolk State University in the Maintenance Department for 20 years. Lorenzo, seeking new challenges, decided to move on where he worked as a Forklift operator at the Navy Exchange Command for over 20 years. Wanting to keep busy, he worked part-time as a site supervisor for Global Cleaning Services Corporation. 

Lorenzo loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of Trinity Faith Diamond for over 20 years. He served in two ministries, the Male Usher Board and Kingdom Warriors. 

Lorenzo enjoyed spending time with his family creating memories by always taking pictures to remind him of the event. A proud father and grandfather who was not shy about sharing photos informing others of how much he loved his family. He will always be remembered for his special saying, “I love you more.”  Lorenzo was an avid fisherman, a great cook who enjoyed watching all sports. His favorite teams were the Baltimore Ravens, Alabama Crimson Tides, and the Boston Celtics. He would often let you know the team he was representing that day by the attire he was wearing. 

Lorenzo was predeceased by his father, Otis Manley Sr, Maternal Grandparents, Paul and Alberto Engram, and Paternal Grandparents, Frank and Mollie Manley.

Left to cherish his fond memories is his mother Margie Engram, his children, Lorenzo Moore II (Kansas City, Kansas), Nastasia Manley (Atlanta, GA), Chantel Manley (Salisbury, Maryland), Unique Manley, Rakeem Manley, Shynik Manley and Kena Sessoms all of Norfolk, VA; 12 grandchildren;  Siblings: Loredo (John) Drew, Evelyn (Wardell) Freeman, Otis Manley Jr., Letha (Mike) Shaw, Donnetta (James) Avery; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  Lorenzo had a special friend whom he referred to as “Queen B.”

Viewing Monday, October 16, 2023 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 West Berkley Avenue Norfolk, Virginia Service Tuesday, October 17, 2023 11:00am Trinity Faith Diamond Church 1023 Deep Creek Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23323 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Ernest Davis says

    To the family of Lorenzo Elder Ernest & Marva Davis send our prayers and love to you all at this time may God give you all peace much love to you all 💞🙏.

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      Vonnie Mcclease says

      Rest in peace my friend 🙏🙏🙏

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      Michelle Hopkins says

      My sincere heartfelt condolences to Lorenzo Wydell Manley’s family friends & love ones.Sending my love thoughts & prayers of peace & comfort to you all. Wydell you fought a good fight my brother.God saw your pain.He sent his angels to give you your crown & new body & escorted you to your new heavenly kingdom.No more pain.Take your rest.A broken link is now y’all bright & shining star..You will be missed.With love Michelle Hopkins & Family Forever..🙏🙏❤️🥰✨👑😇

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    Vanessa (Gerald Head, deceased) former SDA-213 coworkers says

    Family, Condolences and prayers for comfort. Lorenzo was a respectful Distribution SDA-213 Co-Worker and gentleman. Lorenzo always had a kind greeting and when asked expressed his love for his family. Please remember that your memories are forever and a place where you can always visit when you have moments of tears and sadness because you are missing Lorenzo.

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      Sharon Wynder says

      We were friends for years, then found out that we were Cousins. ENGRAM/TILLET. You were a kind hearted Man who loved your Family! I miss you already! My deepest condolences to your family. Rest in the Arms of The Lord Cousin, God Bless your Soul!

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        LaVerne Bailey Key says

        Condolences to my cousin Marge,Big
        daddy,and Manley and Engram families.My memories of Wydell was when they lived down street from us on Collingwood.Wydell was around same age as Ira Mark.I know he grew up to be a fine,spiritual young man who loved his family.Our memories will always have him in our hearts with the love he always showed.

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          Chatay Epps says

          Condolences to the Family Rest in Heaven Lorenzo my High School Friend Lorenzo you were always so kind spoken i last saw you two years ago with that all ways gentle Heart He has truly gained an Angel

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          Chatay Epps says

          Condolences To The Family Lorenzo rest in peace He has gained an Angel 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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      Uniqua Manley says

      We love you daddy always and forever our hero our superman !!!! ❤❤❤❤

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    Coleen Norman says

    Family you have our deepest sympathy. Praying God will strengthen and comfort your hearts during this most difficult time of Wydell’s transition. May the memories of life with him bring you peace and comfort. Rest easy big brother you will be missed. 🌹♥️
    Norman/Epps family

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    Rick Boone says

    You are truly missed, it hurt me deeply when I found out about your passing.

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    Monica Joyner (HR Manager- Global/Refresh/4U) says

    On behalf of our Refresh Cleaning and Global Cleaning family, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Lorenzo W. Manley. Lorenzo was a gentle soul with a genuine heart and will truly be missed. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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    Kena Sessoms says

    We love you More!❤️ Papa’s grand babies said they will always love and miss you! You will be forever dancing to your old school in our hearts. I love you dad!❤️

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    Mr. Ira Mark Morring says

    To the Family, my sincere condolences on the transition of my cousin Wydell. Fond memories of our childhood days in the Park. Rest in Power King. A’se🙏🏾

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    Elaine Edmonds says

    My prayers and condolences to the family. I always felt welcome when I attended the family gatherings that you all had, and I enjoyed talking to Lorenzo at those gatherings. I’m so sorry for your loss and you all will continue to be in my prayers. Lorenzo you will truly be missed!

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    Roxanne Potts says

    To Lorenzo’s family my prayers and thoughts with you. Lorenzo was a quiet, kind and compassionate man and I am truly glad our paths crossed in this life. I know he left his family with lots of happy memories to get you thru this difficult time.

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    Regina Askew says

    Sorry for the loss of your brother Evelyn and my condolences to your family 🙏 Regina White/Askew,may God bless you all.

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    Letha Shaw says


    We love & Miss you so much Bro.,words can not explain. We know God had better plans for you. May you continue to rest in the arms of our Lord & Savior.

    Love you,
    Your little Big Sister Letha

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    your first ever grand daughter love you says

    I miss you so much I just wanna be able to smell ur cologne and feel your touch again

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