Celebration of Life services for Cecil Elmer Manning, Sr. will be held at 11:00AM at his church home, First Baptist Church, Lake Providence with Dr. Neal Raborn officiating. Interment with full military rites will follow at Kilbourne Cemetery, Kilbourne, Louisiana.
Mr. Manning was born June 20, 1920 in Eudora, Arkansas and passed away November 23, 2006 after a brief illness. He graduated from Eudora High School where he was President of the senior class and Captain of the football team. He worked for Standard Oil prior to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in July of 1941. After receiving his wings, he was posted in England and attached to the Royal Air Force. In March of 1943 he transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corp where he was attached to the Fourth Fighter Group. First Lieutenant Manning flew the Hurricane, Spitfire, P-47 and P-51 on 87 combat missions over enemy territory. On March 6, 1944, on the first daylight bombing mission over Berlin, he went down and was a POW for fourteen months. Medals awarded included the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, POW Medal, and Campaign Citations.
After separating from the Air Force he attended Louisiana Tech. Mr. Manning then went into the grocery business in Lake Providence, where he continued to live and raise his family. In 1959 he was appointed Registrar of Voters of East Carroll Parish, and served until his retirement in 1982. While Registrar, he served as Director and President of the Louisiana State Registrars' Association, and as Director of the Registrars' Retirement System.
Preceding Mr. Manning in death were his parents John Dee and Ossie Gregory Manning, brother John Dee Manning, Jr., sister Hazel Manning Skinner, and grandson Matthew Tyler Manning.
Left to cherish Mr. Manning's memory are his wife of 64 years, Mary Kathryn Lee Manning; sons Dr. Charles Manning, wife Meagie and their sons Carter and Dr. Bradley Manning; Cecil Manning, Jr., wife Sheila Gill Manning, and their children Cecil Manning III, Cacey M. Narez, Erin Fincher, and Amy Roark; Randy Manning, wife Kathy Barnett Manning, and their children, Colt, Lee Randall and Andrew Manning, and Daniel and Sam Keeton. Daughters are Cecile Richard and her sons Marc, Michael, and Todd Richard; Judge Toni Higginbotham, spouse Judge Leo Higginbotham, and their children, Whitney H. Greene, Prentist, Beau, and Lee Higginbotham; Kathy Hattaway and her children, Houston and Patrick Hattaway, and Lynn Kate H. Johnson. Eighteen great grandchildren survive Mr. Manning. Waddell Manning is his surviving brother, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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