Rickey L. Manning Sr.

June 15, 1963November 15, 2020
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Rickey Lee Manning, Sr., son of Willie and Zephra Rankin Manning, was born June 15, 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of five children. He accepted Christ at an early age at Pleasant Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Rickey (aka "Slick Rick") was the father of five children. 1n 2005, he married Cheryl Lee whom he met when he was 18 at the bowling alley. He and Cheryl became grandparents of six granddaughters.

Rickey attended Arsenal Technical High School. After high school, he worked several jobs before he started his career at Pillow Express Logistics, where he remained for 30 years. Although his job title was Field Supervisor, he was known as "the main man" because he performed many tasks, whether they were in his job description or not, and was held in high regard. From time to time, he was known for putting himself "on suspension". After he felt he'd been off long enough, he would go back to work.

Rickey loved cars, clothes, hats and tennis shoes. It wasn't beyond him to go on a trip with a suitcase full of nothing but shoes. Most importantly, he LOVED to drive (which he had been doing since he was 10 years old... ask his younger sister Francene, his riding buddy, about that). That love of driving was the reason he was always ready to take a road trip, which he did often. An avid bowler since the age of 14, he has bowled at every bowling alley in the city of Indianapolis and never stopped. In his bowling career, he bowled at least 2 "300's" and several "299's"... and he has the rings to prove it. His bowling career took him across the country to bowl in many tournaments.

Rickey passed away at home on November 15, 2020 surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his father, Willie, he is survived by his mother, Zephra, his wife, Cheryl, five children, Rickey Jr (Aja), Christopher, Timothy, Clarence and Emily; his siblings, LaNita (Geoffrey) Jones, Andrea Jean Manning -Dudley, Derek Glenn Manning and Francene (Barry) Johnson; 5 granddaughters, uncle Walter “Sonny (Meme) Manning from Fort Washington, MD, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins as well as too many friends to name or count. Rickey will truly be missed by all of us who loved him.



  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Connie Manning

November 22, 2020

Greg Rankin

November 20, 2020

Ricky was my cousin, friend and the brother I never had. Words can’t express what I’m feeling in my heart. The memories of all the fun things we did together will be cherished. But I leave the family with this:

On the Wings of a Prayer

Just close your Eyes and open your heart,
And feel your worries and cares depart
Just yield yourself to the Father above,
And let him hold you secure in his love

For life on earth grows more involved,
With endless problems that can't be solved,
But God only ask us to do our best,
Then he will take over and finish the rest

So when you are tired, discouraged and blue,
There is always one door that is open to you,

And that is the door to The House of Prayer,
And you'll find God waiting to meet you there.

And The House of Prayer is no further away,
than the quiet spot where you kneel and pray, For the heart is a temple when God is there,

As we place ourselves in his loving care
And he hears every prayer -- and answers each one; When we Pray in His name - Thy will be done.;

The burdens that seemed too heavy to bear;
Are lifted away on the wings of a prayer.

Nichelle Thomas

November 20, 2020

Always fun to be around. Life of the party... My mom (Carmela Thomas) told me a story how Rick was there when my grandma (Della Thomas)died and she said that’s her favorite memory of him just being there talking to her.....

Annette C Haley

November 19, 2020

My cousin, Rickey (aka. Smokey) to me and my daughter, Lavern. What a wonderful and down to earth human being. Family, my heart is filled with sorrow, yet there is gladness; my cousin is not suffering anymore.

Rest easy....You are loved and will be missed.

Your cousin, Annette

Greg and Nancy Rankin

November 19, 2020

We have so many wonderful memories of our adventures with Rickey and Cheryl. We are heartbroken but understand he is now at peace. We will always treasure how he enriched our lives!

Patricia Baker

November 19, 2020

To the Manning family, I was deeply saddened to hear about Rickey's passing. I have so many childhood memories of my friend and Lil brother! The Park Ave family will always occupy a big space in my heart! Our closeness remains today and as our circle grows tighter we cherish each other even more! Derrick, Francine and Genie we are here for you and know your loss is ours too 💕 Rest in Heavenly peace Rickey till we meet again ❤️❤️❤️

Linda Knight

November 19, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Manning family. He will be missed.

Belinda Ingram-Akers

November 19, 2020

Sincere condolences to the Manning family. We were neighbors on Ruckle for years and I remember Rickey as a little boy. His smile was so contagious. Praying God will comfort and strengthen each of you. 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️

Leah Richmond-Jones

November 18, 2020

Cheryl and family, We were so saddened by Rickey's passing. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Leah, Kevin, David and Vanessa

Angie Kastner

November 17, 2020

Rickey will always be in your heart. He is brightening the heavens with his smile.


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