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January 15, 2013

Warrenton renames street for late Councilman Mann

John E. Mann Sr. retired in 2000 after 14 years on the council.
The late John E. Mann Sr.’s family gathered Sunday to celebrate the naming of a Warrenton street in his honor.

The town recently renamed King Street — from Winchester Street to Alexandria Pike — in honor of the former town council member, who built his stone-exterior home and lived there for decades.

Mr. Mann became the town’s first African-American council member. He served 14 years, until retiring from the Ward 1 seat in 2000.

He earned a reputation for common sense solutions and for bringing attention to issues that otherwise may have gone unaddressed. Mr. Mann died March 17, 2012, at age 82.

A retired federal government employee, he served in the Army during the Korean War.

Following a Sunday afternoon ceremony, including the release of 82 balloons — one for each year of the former councilman’s life — his family issued this letter:

To The Warrenton Town Council

We, the Mann Family, would like to send our sincerest “thank you” and utmost appreciation for your roles in the recent renaming of what was formerly known as King Street in the town of Warrenton to John E. Mann Street in honor of our late family patriarch John Ernest Mann Sr.

He was genuinely devoted to being a positive contributor to the local community and was very proud of any and all positive strides made by the town to become an all-around better place in any way possible. For you to recognize him in such and endearing and historical way speaks a lot of your own gratitude for the very people that you serve in the town and our family is forever thankful.

We will continue to be positive citizens within the town of Warrenton and beyond in honor of our beloved Mr. Mann, as he would certainly be humbled by your decision. The mainstay street signs that you have raised bearing his name will serve as inspiration for us personally and, hopefully, others as well.

We wish you the best in all that you do for the people of the town going forward.

On behalf of John E. Mann Sr. and the entire Mann Family, thank you.
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