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April 25, 2024


Arnold Manning

September 24, 1939 - April 19, 2024

God promised us that we will be compensated with beauty for all our troubles (ashes).

“Provide for those who grieve in to, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord to display his splendor,” Isaiah 61:3.

(Beauty for ashes, brings us hope & joy)

Arnold Manning, age 84, transitioned to his eternal home on April 19, 2024. Arnold grew up in a loving home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was known for his witty personality. Life as lived by Arnold was “copasetic” At an early age, Arnold enjoyed playing sports and excelled in basketball. He also had a love for music, and he played various musical instruments, He enjoyed caring for animals. His favorite dog was named Rusty. (part of the family)

Arnold loved his family and would make a point to tell them that he loved and appreciated them as often as possible. He was given the nickname Jiggy because he loved to dance. His well-known phrases: “I’m just being frank with you.” “Don’t you talk about my mama.” “I am happy everyday” and “Have a blessed day.”

After graduating from Central Memorial High School in 1958 at the age of sixteen, he moved to New Orleans to work in the French Quarter at Brennan’s exclusive restaurant as a Garon & pianist. He really enjoyed the position he had there. He returned to Bogalusa at his mother’s request in 1968. During this time, he played the organ for various churches and performed with the Rhythm Aces (prof. band) along with his cousin Willie Lester Manning.

The glorious homecoming of Arnold was the evening of April 19. Just as he wanted, his journey was attended by his beloved sister and supported with love, and prayer.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kelly Manning & Neolia Watson Manning; grandparents, Thomas Manning & Mary Magee Manning, Dennis Watson & Martena Thompson Watson; seven brothers, Charles, Robert, Melvin, Kelly Jr., Clyde, Ralph, and Harold; three sisters, Helen, Rose, and Diane.

He is survived by one brother, Raymond and one sister, Tressie (John) Williams; two sisters-in-law, Terry & Shirly; nephews, great-nephews, nieces/great nieces, and cousins.

The 84 years of Arnold Manning can be summarized as follows:

“There are some who bring a light —so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver, I have tested you in the furnace of affliction”     Isaiah 48:10

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00AM at Crain and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Lionel Burkhalter - Officiating. Interment - Sweet Home Cemetery. 

Crain and Sons Funeral Home - Bogalusa are in charge of arrangements.

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