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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Friday April 17th, 2020

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Steven Ray Manning

Steven Ray Manning, 63, of 44 Fieldstone Dr., Reidsville, NC, passed away unexpectedly at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC, on Sunday, April 12, 2020. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Martinsville, VA, on August 20, 1956, and was a lifelong resident of Caswell County. He was the son of the late Earl Randolph Lewis and Elizabeth Boswell Manning Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Manning. After completing 30 years of service as an area manager, Steve retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In addition, he was a truck driver for J Rayl Transport with 10 years of service and a former member of the Providence Fire and Rescue with 25 years of service. Steve was a third degree Mason with Caswell Brotherhood #11. Helping others is an essential quality of being a Mason, and Steve lived up to that by always lending a hand to assist others. Over the years, he attended Providence Baptist Church, and he had many fond memories of growing up in the church. As an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt deer and turkey. Horses played an integral part in Steve’s youth and adulthood. His passion for being a cowboy was present in his iconic cowboy hat and boots. Trail riding on weekends with his family and friends was one of his particular joys. Sports were also a source of happiness for Steve as he enjoyed coaching little league baseball and football. Lastly, Steve frequented the West where he enjoyed sightseeing and hunting. Steve is survived by his wife Lili Norton Manning of the home; a daughter, Laura Manning Walker and husband Eric of Danville, VA; one son, Joshua Manning and wife Rachel of Blanch, NC; two stepsons, Todd Norton and his wife Bridget of Benson, NC; Brad Norton and his girlfriend Jenny Walker of Pelham, NC; one sister, Gail Manning of Kernersville, NC; a stepmother, Dorothy Lewis of Danville, VA; mother-in-law Patsy Layne of Pelham, NC; eight grandchildren, Maddy Walker, Cate Walker, Rhett Manning, Riley Manning, Alexandria Norton, Landon Norton, Grace Norton, and Taylor Norton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren, was very important to Steve. He will be greatly missed. Due to COVID-19, a private memorial service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020, at Wilkerson Funeral Service Chapel by Reverend Larry Durham. There will be a live broadcast stream of the memorial service at 2:00p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020. A celebration of Steve’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Providence Fire and Rescue located at 6655 Old NC Hwy 86, Providence, NC. Wilkerson Funeral Service of Reidsville, NC, is privileged to be serving the Manning family.

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A candle was lit in memory of Steven Manning

Gordon Bartholomew Dec 9 2021 6:39 PM

To the Manning family, I am so sorry I am just learning today that your father passed. I will keep you all in my prayers and I'm very sad and heartbroken all at the same time. The last time I talked to him we talked at the 86 fast mart and I was asking him about Bull riding because I had been
Told him and Josh were doing that and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. This news is such a shock to me . Praying for you all . God Bless Rip Steve

Gordon Bartholomew Dec 9 2021 6:38 PM

So sorry for your loss, Lili. I pray God's promise and comfort will be with you in the coming days and weeks. With sympathy and prayers from Alabama, Karen Burch Taylor

Karen L Taylor Apr 18 2020 4:48 PM

Im so sorry for your sadness. He will always be with you all in your dreams and beautiful memories. :pray::skin-tone-3:s for you ALL:heart: Love, Brad and Cynthia A. Webster

Cynthia Andrews-Webster Apr 17 2020 8:12 PM

Dad, grizz, biggon, so many names and so many memories . Big smile, big laugh I do not know where to start with you. This man taught me everything, from being a hard worker,never giving up on your dreams and the best lesson of all was how to be a great father. Everybody that knew us knows from when I could walk, I followed my dad everywhere and I was his shadow. We had so much fun together and worked hard together. We have ridden horses all over, hunted elk and deer across this country, and fished every hole around here. There isnt much we havent done together and that shaped me into the man and father I am today. I will really miss his stories with his friends and family. He loved his family more than anything, and would do anything for anybody. Growing up I was always surrounded by all his friends on horse rides or at the barn. He adored all of his friends which there are so many. He made close friendships along the way and was a living legend bigger than life itself.There are not enough words to describe this man and the love we all had for him but I hope I become half the man he was and live life to the fullest as he did everyday. But Im not going to try and wrestle a grizzly bear like he did~ True story I could write a book on this man, this short post does not justify the person he was. Men are not made like him anymore, my dad worked shift work for 30 years, a firefighter, a Third Degree Mason, raised horses, farmed, Boy Scout instructor, the list goes on and he never missed a baseball or football game. If he wasnt coaching football he was working the chains to be as involved as possible yelling on the sidelines to the top of his lungs. He was a devoted family man, he loved our big family as much as anyone can. He touched so many lives all across this country and even over seas, his legacy will live on forever. I love you so much dad and I always will, a day will not go by when Im not thinking of you or trying to live up to the Manning name you and Wayne created. We will ride again one day old man.

Josh Manning Apr 17 2020 6:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Steven Manning

Sybil Williams Apr 17 2020 5:12 PM

My prayers are with you & the family, Lili. I love you. Barb

Barbara Baugher Apr 17 2020 2:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Steven Manning

Barbara Baugher Apr 17 2020 2:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Steven Manning

Linda &Clint Daniel Apr 17 2020 1:27 PM

Steve and I worked at Goodyear many years together and became good friends. We enjoyed striper fishing on the Dan river. He new the river as well as he did horses. He truly will be missed,God Bless to you all

Lester Payne Apr 17 2020 11:54 AM

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