Manning Jr., Oliver Wendell

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Oliver Wendell Manning Jr. 69, of Vinton, Va., and formerly of Copper Hill, Va., left us for his heavenly home on Sunday, July 5, 2009, at the Veterans Care Center in Salem, Va. He retired as a yard brakeman at NS Railway and served his country in the United States Army.

Oliver was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver W. and Nellie Manning; his brothers, Bobby H. Manning, Benny Manning, Terry Manning, David Manning, Herbert Manning, Melvin Manning, Cleveland Manning, and Calvin C. (Jim) Manning; and two sisters, Cammie Manning and Bondeen Barger. Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara Manning, of Vinton, Va.; son, Jason Oliver Manning and Donetta Redd, of Roanoke, Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Manning, Larry and Rhonda Manning, of Copper Hill, Va., Rocky and Celeste Manning, of Greensboro, N.C., Henry Manning, of Floyd, Va., and Michael Manning, of Radford, Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Katherine and Junior Sowers, of Floyd, Va., and Linda and Tom Iddings, of Riner, Va.; sisters-in-law, Carmen S. Manning, of Copper Hill, Va., Julia Manning, of Salem, Va., and Karen Manning Nicholson, of Blacksburg, Va.; granddaughter, Olivia Manning, of Roanoke, Va.; stepson, Danny Brickey, of Vinton, Va.; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

The family gives special thanks to the staff of Virginia Veterans Care Center, Salem, for their loving care of Oliver during his courageous battle of Alzheimer. He loved all of you.

A service to celebrate his life will be held 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Copper Hill Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Roy Turpin officiating. A dinner will follow the service. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Copper Hill Church of the Brethren Building Fund, Copper Hill, Va.