Roy D. Manning

October 27, 1919July 12, 2012

One of the last remaining World War II B-26 bomber pilots passed away on July 12, 2012. Roy Davis Manning, 92, has left this earth and has joined his wife of 64 years, Beulah Rivers Manning, in heaven. Roy joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and rose to the rank of II Lieutenant. Through grueling and rapid training he became a Martin B-26 Marauder pilot and was chosen to be a B-26 flight instructor. He trained many pilots who helped defeat the Axis powers. Attacking with precision and high speed, the B-26 struck a multitude of targets prior to and in support of the D day invasion of Normandy. As bases in France became available, B-26 units crossed the Channel and continued to strike at the Germans and were instrumental in the defeat of Nazi Germany. Roy’s interest in flight continued after returning from World War II, as he later served as the volunteer head of the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Manning was a long-time resident of Jackson. He was born to James Arnold Manning and Ruby Davis Manning on October 27, 1919 in Jackson. He graduated from Central High School in 1939. Mr. Manning worked for many years with the Vestal and Vernon Insurance Agency. He also served as Executive Director of Willowood Developmental Center and International Trade Director of the MS Department of Agriculture. Beulah and Roy Manning married on June 29, 1941 at Galloway Methodist Church where they were active for many years and were members of the Ben Fatheree class. Shortly after Beulah Manning’s death on March 3, 2004, Mr. Manning became a member of Crossgates Baptist Church where he belonged to the Frank Mullins class. Mr. Manning was a loving husband and father and a devoted Pony League baseball and Galloway Church softball coach. He enjoyed attending the Bowden Bible Study for many years with Mrs. Manning. His recent interests included a love of growing pine trees on his Pocahontas farm, and he was named the Hinds County Forester of the Year in 2011.

Mr. Manning was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James A. Manning, Jr, his sister, Marjorie M. Godman, and his loving wife, Beulah Manning. Survivors are son, Dr. R. Davis Manning, Jr. and his wife DeAnn of Jackson; son, James H. Manning and his wife Dee of Madison, MS; grandsons, Robby Waldrup of Los Angeles, CA, and John Waldrup of Vaughn, MS; and granddaughter, Collette Manning of Chicago, Il. The family will receive visitors 9:30 AM -11:30 AM on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon. Funeral Services will immediately follow the visitation at Crossgates Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.

For those desiring, memorials can be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 140800,Nashville, TN 37214 or Crossgates Baptist Church Missions Fund, 8 Crosswoods Road Brandon, MS 39042. Online guestbook


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Ginger Grammar

July 17, 2012

Davis and DeAnn,
I will always cherish my frienship with you. Mr. Manning was a special person, warm, and a friend to everyone. We will all miss him. He was one of God's greatest testimonies.
Love in Christ, Ginger Grammar

Frances Gilmore

July 16, 2012

Dear Davis, DeAnn, Jimmy,Dee and Family,

We extend our sincere condolences for your loss yet we rejoice with your knowing Roy Manning stepped from this life into eternity with his Lord,and Beulah. We will miss him at Crossgates Services. It has been our pleasure and great blessing to be friends with Roy Manning and all of you, the family he loved and was so proud of. July 16, 2012 Bill & Frances Gilmore

July 16, 2012

Dee and Jimmy and family,
My good fortune was to become a neighbor of Mr. Manning ("Call me Roy") when I moved to Robin Drive in Jackson in 1990. We babyboomers all loved Mr. Manning because he stood for what our parents, also of the greatest generation, stood for.
I never saw him without a smile and a hand extended to new neighbors, "Roy Manning and you are?"
When I was a client at his daughter-in-law, Dee's hair salon, Deesigns, eventually the talk would turn to how and what Mr. Manning was doing. He told me more than once that Dee was the daughter he never had. And I KNOW that that love was returned by Dee for him.
There is only one way to sum his life and that is to say: Mr. Manning was a true Christian southern gentleman.
Sharing in your loss,
Jan Garrick

Sherry Pace

July 15, 2012

Dee and Jimmy and family,
You are in our prayers and we love you so very much. Your friendship means the world to us. It brings great comfort just knowing we will be with our saved loved ones again and that is His wonderful promise to His children. Love, Sherry & John Pace

Mike and Linda Roberts

July 15, 2012

We have such fond memories of visiting with Mr Roy at church, especially Wednesday night dinners. He will truly be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

m welch

July 15, 2012

To the Family: Thinking of you in these difficult times.
My deepest condolences for your loss.
Psalms 55:22

The Staff of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home-Parkway Memorial Cemetery

July 13, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.