Gene and Barbara Odom Manasco of North Augusta, S.C., both died Sunday from injuries they suffered in the automobile accident in Lincoln.
The Manascos were on their way home to South Carolina after visiting with family in Walker County when the accident occurred.
Family members said Gene Manasco reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving and the couple’s vehicle left the roadway.
Originally from Jasper, Manasco was a graduate of Walker High School and worked at the Daily Mountain Eagle as a photographer and studio manager from mid-1949 to 1956.
He also worked for Fairchild Corporation in sales, installation and operator training of the largest and most modern printing press of its time until he retired.
He then went to work as the director of research for a newspaper company in Fairfax, Va., and Washington D.C., where his research, according to his brother, Bobby Manasco, led to the discovery of a form of biodegradable ink still used today in the newspaper industry.
He was also a U.S. Army veteran having served stateside during the Korean Conflict.
Barbara Manasco was originally from Cordova and was a graduate of Cordova High School. She was crowned Miss Cordova High in 1947 and was escorted on the field during the homecoming ceremonies by her future husband.
The couple was married for 63 years and their passions were gardening and taking care of their two dogs, Shasha and Lucy, relatives said.