Mr. Marion William Manning, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas.
He was born July 14, 1935 in Black Springs, Arkansas to the late Henry Arthur Manning and Jessie Lorene Hughes. Bill, always Mickey to his wife, graduated in May, 1954 from Hico High School in Ruston, Louisiana. Bill was united in marriage to Roberta in California on January 18, 1958. We lived and traveled all over Europe – what fun and an education for all of us. He retired after 20 years in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Lady of the Lake University and earned his CPA. Bill loved to fish, hunt and play golf. He was an avid sports NBA fan. The 10 years before retiring, he became President of a corporation owned by a Japanese family who owned multiple golf courses and country clubs in San Antonio. They spoke no English and Bill’s southern tongue couldn’t quite handle Japanese, but it was fun and he loved them all and the job. Then it was time to retire to the green mountains of Arkansas and his “white cows”. Bill enjoyed coaching little league baseball, playing basketball, hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a member of the U. S. Air Force and he and his family traveled all over Europe, stationed in Spain and later in the mountains of Germany. He was always a Christian, a gentleman and a wonderful man, husband, father, grandpa (Pawkey) and always had time for us. We will miss him until we meet again in God’s Heaven.
Survivors are wife Roberta Ann Manning. Daughter Michelle Rae Brown; Son Gary Lee Manning and wife Stephanie. Sisters Dollie Stratton, Doris Osbon and husband Ray, Margie Cooper, Rosa Lee Gilligan. Brothers Joe Henry Manning and wife Shirley, Frank Manning and wife Jean. Grandson Timothy Coffman; Granddaughters Casey Liane Gonzalez, Kara Nichole Garrett, Devyn Jordan Helms and Rebekah Suzanne Brown. Great Grandsons Jason and Christian Gonzalez. Nephews Edward Napper, Jimmy Manning, Ricky and Bill Stephenson, Lane and John Osbon, Tom Ford and Timothy Cooper and Kip Gilligan. Nieces Deannie Conner, Cheryl Osbon, Barbara Sherrill, Mandy Napper. Special daughter Annabelle Eckert of Frankfurt, Germany.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Calvin Manning, sister Hazel Irene Napper and infant son Michael Alan Manning.
Bill was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating.