Kenneth Dearl Mangum, 94, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021, in his home in North Hollywood, California.
Kenneth was born on January 5, 1927, in Carter, Oklahoma to George Mangum, Sr. and Floye Hill.
He is survived by his son, Richard Tommy Eckert of Twin Falls, Idaho.
He is preceded in death by his father George Mangum, Sr., mother Floye Hill, wife Esther Mangum, son Milton Dale Grant, three brothers, four sisters and several loved ones and friends.
Kenneth resided in Poteet in his youth and went all the way to 11th grade. He was on the Poteet Aggie football team as a running back. He got the nickname “Poteet Flash” because he was the fastest runner on the team. When he was 17, he joined the U.S. Navy, enlisting twice. He served in both the Korean War and World War II.
Kenneth married Esther on September 1, 1957, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on her birthday, so he would not forget both important events. His greatest joy was being a grandpa and was a wonderful father figure to so many.
Kenneth is famous for telling stories and his jokes. His favorite pastimes were fishing and camping, and when he was younger, he loved to cut a rug and dance. His oldest granddaughters loved watching their grandparents dance together; they were quite good. Family and friends were everything to him. Kenneth had six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren.
A funeral service will be officiated by Sam Wilder, Minister, on May 12, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn- Cypress, 4471 Lincoln Ave. in Cypress, California. Interment will be at Forest Lawn-Cypress.