Nolan Howell Manning, 84, of Dallas, Texas, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, of natural causes. He is survived by his daughters, Teri Manning and Pamela Manning Silva; his grandson, Luke Padgett; his son-in-law, Michael Silva; 12 nieces and nephews; and a multitude of great-nieces and nephews.
He was born on the family farm outside Blair, Okla., on Nov. 11, 1933, the seventh child of John William and Ida Mae Young Manning. The most seminal event of his young life was when, at age nine, his father temporarily relocated the family to Fort Hood, Ore., to work the orchards of the Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II.
After the war, the family returned to eastern Oklahoma. Mr. Manning graduated from Grant High School in 1951, then followed his older sisters to Washington, D.C., where he briefly worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1952 he followed his brother and joined the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War as a boilerman petty officer 3rd class.
After his military service, Mr. Manning moved to Dallas and met his first wife, Ruth Ellen Beasley, at the Peak and East Side Church of Christ, where they were married in September of 1958, before moving to western Texas, where he attended Abilene Christian College.
After college, Mr. Manning returned to Dallas where he worked for the United States Postal Service and as a boiler inspector for several area insurance companies. He and Ruth raised their two daughters in Oak Cliff and were members of the Cockrell Hill Church of Christ.
In August of 1987, Mr. Manning married Marjorie Catterton, in Grand Prairie, Texas, where they lived for ten years before retiring to a small farmstead outside Ardmore. There they grew a huge garden and raised Araucana chickens for their own personal enjoyment. They were members of the Mary Niblack Baptist Church, where Mr. Manning taught Sunday school.
He was preceded in death by Marjorie, his loving wife of 27 years; his parents; his brothers, Travis Warren Manning, Elvin Dwain Manning and Raymond Edward Manning; his sisters, Johnnie Berniece Manning, Joy Frieda Manning and Wanda June Manning Tabor; his sister-in-law, Bobby Jean Manning; and his brother-in-law, Roy Lee Tabor.
A memorial service for Mr. Manning will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Jeter & Son Funeral Home, 4830 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas, Texas 75211.  
He will be interred at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. for military escort.