Walter Manning

Walter H. "Dub" Manning Jr.

December 11, 1938 - May 9, 2021
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Walter H. “Dub” Manning, Jr. went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Born December 11, 1938 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, he was a son of the late W. Hershel Manning, Sr. and Margie Burrow Manning. He received his early education at Richwood’s School and graduated from Arkadelphia High School. On August 22, 1958 he married Zenell Forthman Manning and they moved to Pine Bluff when International Paper Company opened. He retired from there in 2000 after 42 years of service.
Dub was a member of Hardin Baptist Church where he served in many capacities throughout the years including serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, in the audio sound room and on various committees. He made many trips to Siloam Springs Baptist Assembly transporting church youth and children to church camp. He worked as the church custodian for many years and was known to be at the church often working on any needed tasks. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Charolette Allison and a sister-in-law, Beverly Manning both of Arkadelphia; and two infant grandsons.
Dub is survived by his wife of 62 years, Zenell Forthman Manning; daughters, Kathy (Kevin) Cheatham of St. Francisville, Louisiana, Tracie (Ronnie) Herring of White Hall, Dianna (David) Herring of White Hall; grandchildren, Michael (Zoey) Cheatham, Kevin Timothy (April) Cheatham, Kaitlyn (Bobby) Childers, Stephanie (Steven) Robinson, Richard (Haleigh) Herring and Madison Herring. Sixteen great-grandchildren Marcus, Ulfric, Draco, Astrid, Falynn, Riley, Elisa, Sophie, Emmarie, Jacob, Colt, Axul, Ally, Rhett, Otto and Daphne. He is also survived by a brother, Floyd “Buddy” Manning, sister, Shirley (Ronnie) McMillan, brother-in-law, Wade Allison all of Arkadelphia, AR and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:00 AM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Brother Josh Blevins officiating. Burial to follow in Hardin Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 5:00-7:00 pm, at Robinson’s. The family requests that masks be worn.
The family would like to thank the caring and kind doctors and nurses at JRMC and Trinity Village Retirement Community for their special care of our loved one.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon’s International through Hardin Baptist Church, 300 Todd Lynn Drive, White Hall, Arkansas 71602.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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    The family has requested that masks be worn during the visitiation.
  • Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:00am
    Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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    The family has requested that masks be worn at the service.
  • Interment

    Hardin Cemetery
    Hardin Reed Road
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71602
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Chotsy R. Sheppard

Posted at 02:10pm
Thinking of all of you as you say goodbye to Dub. Know that his classmates of AHS Class of '56 mourn his loss with you. We cherish the memories spent in school with him in the '50's but especially those more recent of our class luncheons from 2009-2020. He so faithfully attended each month, often being the first to arrive even though he came a long distance. What fun we had recalling old times when life was simple and carefree. Unfortunately, many of us who would normally plan to attend his services are prevented due to Covid isolation and precautions but we'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Chotsy R. Sheppard & the Arkadelphia High School Class of '56

T.L. And Mollie Jenkins

Posted at 09:36pm
Zenell, Kathy, Tracie, Dianna and other family members our hearts were sadden upon hearing that Dub had passed. However we rejoice in knowing he is made whole and has seen our Lord face to face and his loved ones gone on before. Dub was a very deacated Christian Servant of the Lord and will be missed greatly at Hardin Baptist Church. May each of you feel the warmth of God’s loving arms around you today and the difficult days to come. Cling to your precious memories and may they bring comfort and peace to your weary hearts today and the difficult days to come.
Sending prayers and our love to the Manning Families .

Darrell and Ginger Thibodeaux

Posted at 07:58pm
So sorry for your loss, Darrell Jr. Spoke highly of him. May he rest in peace
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Rebecca Gorman

Posted at 07:39pm
Mr Dub was a beloved “Mr Fix-It!” He treated me like family from the moment I met him 25 years ago. He will be known for his Christian example.

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