Lois Manning Brown

December 12, 1914June 28, 2019

Funeral Services for Lois Manning Brown, age 104, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Young's Funeral Home, El Dorado, AR, with Rev. Carley Davis of First Baptist Church, Smackover, AR officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time. There will be a private burial in the Smackover Cemetery. Although Mrs. Brown lived in Smackover most of her adult life, she had been a resident of Grace Point Nursing Home in El Dorado for the last several years.

Mrs. Brown was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on December 12, 1914 to George Ross and Ruth Gwaltney Ross, and moved to Haynesville, LA as a child. In 1930, she moved to Smackover, AR where she married John Manning in 1933. After her husband’s death in 1934, she owned and operated Manning Beauty Shop in Smackover for over fifty years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Smackover.

She was preceded by her husband, Walter Brown, and all of her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Johnie Echols, and her husband, Glenn of Ruston, LA; step-son, James Brown and his wife, Lura of El Dorado, AR; step-daughter, Charlene Yarbrough of Little Rock, AR; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren and a very special nephew, Wayne Weathersby of El Dorado, AR.

The family request memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 404 Broadway St., Smackover, AR 71762 or to the donor’s choice.

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  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 30, 2019


  • Private Interment


Lois Manning Brown

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Margie Orr

July 2, 2019

Dear sweet Lois,
How I remember you from my childhood. Going with my sister-in-law Lorene, who was your sister, to get my hair cut and get a permanent.
You’ll always be a special part of my childhood memories.
Our wonderful nephew Wayne took such good care of you.
I remember one time when I called him that he was taking you fishing for your birthday.
Hug all those we love who are now with you in heaven.

Cecil Kellum

June 30, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of growing up across the street from you and your mother. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Cecil Kellum

Betty Dodson ( patrick}

June 30, 2019

Jonnie, I am so sorry . I just saw your mothers obituary . I didn't have your address so I am hoping you receive my condolence . we have many happy memories .Betty Dodson

Vaughn and Shirley Blue

June 29, 2019

It was a joy to serve as Ms. Lois' pastor for 12 years at First Baptist Church, Smackover. We both remember her always starting the day out by bending over and touching her toes which was a feat most of us couldn't do (haha). Such a long life! Our prayers are with you Johnie & Wayne.

Daphne Coleman

June 29, 2019

Aunt Lois, was my mother Pearl Manning Coleman's best friend and sister-in-law. She was first married to my mother's brother John Manning who passed in tragic circumstances . Aunt Lois was a wonderful woman and was much loved. I remember over the years when she would come to visit Mama with her daughter, Johnie Lois, she would always bring her incredible pound cake. Mama would call me and asked me if I wanted some pound cake. I would say, " is it Aunt Lois's ?" she would say "yes" and I would say "I'll be right over." She is in a good place now. God bless her and her family and her very special nephew whom she adored who is an angel on earth, dear Wayne.