Mr. Alan McLeod Manning

July 6, 1958 – March 29, 2022

Alan McLeod Manning was born July 6, 1958, in Valley Head, Alabama. He was the fourth of six children born to Fred and Rachel Manning. He spent his childhood on the family farm getting into lots of good trouble with his siblings while exploring the area and working the farm. These adventures would later be some of his children’s favorite bedtime stories, which Alan would take pride in embellishing when necessary.

Alan married his high-school sweetheart, Susan (Jones) Manning, on May 9, 1981. Alan and Susan have a son, Dallas, and a daughter, Elizabeth.

Though his battle with Parkinson’s has been long and difficult, his family chooses to remember the beloved man he was and not his illness. Alan had a quick wit and a good heart. His children were his pride and joy. He was quick to delight in their successes – and tell anyone who would listen – and never hesitated to offer his aid in the midst of a challenge.

He loved to build things, and his list of ongoing projects was never-ending. His artistic talent is evident in many of his works – from furniture he built by hand to his many beautiful paintings to the cartoons he would draw for his children. He loved to make his wife laugh and he was the master of an impromptu, acapella performance whenever the moment was right. He never met a tool, toy or tractor he didn’t like. He also never missed the chance to explain how something worked or share an obsolete fact concerning the topic at any given time. Suffice to say – he was loved dearly and will be missed incomprehensibly.

Alan spent his final days on that same family farm, and his final moments surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his two children, Dallas and Elizabeth; his siblings Richard (Paulette), Steve (Jeanne), Paula, Angela, and Jeff (Kim); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Rachel, and his brother-in-law, John.

The family would like to thank his caregiver, Kara Elkins, the team at Encompass Health – Hospice, and the team at the Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations are made to the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama ( or Encompass Health – Hospice ( The family invites you to join them in a celebration of Alan’s life at a graveside service at Whitehall Cemetery on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM. Darrell Haney, a longtime friend of Alan’s will officiate the service. Honorary pallbearers include Alan’s nephews on both sides of the Manning and Jones families.


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Date of Funeral: Celebration of Life Graveside Service on Friday, April 1, 2022

Funeral Location: White Hall Cemetery

Funeral Time: 1:00 PM

Officiating: Rev. Darrell Haney


Date of Burial: Friday, April 1, 2022
Burial Location: White Hall Cemetery

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35 entries.
Paige kellogg from Arlington, VA wrote on April 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm
So sad to hear this news. We had a fun childhood together - loving families - blessed
Paige kellogg from Arlington, VA wrote on April 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm
So sad to hear this news. We had a fun childhood together - loving families - blessed
David and Cindy Meadows from Fort Payne wrote on April 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm
To the entire Manning family. We are so sorry about Alan, I have many found memories with the Jones and Manning families from my childhood. They were both amazing families to know, our sincere condolences, love and prayers are with all of you.
PATRICIA PLANK from Rossville wrote on April 1, 2022 at 4:28 pm
Billy Manning from Chester, SC wrote on April 1, 2022 at 9:51 am
I knew Alan growing up on the family farm. He was the sweetest boy I've ever known.
Aaron and Meredith Carr from Athens, GA wrote on April 1, 2022 at 7:59 am
Our deepest condolences and prayers to you all during this time.
Alan was one of my favorite Uncles!! I will always remember the great adventures, stories, and fun we shared, from my visits in Atlanta to the adventures on the family farm. His smile, creativity, enthusiasm, and time we spent will never be forgotten. He had such a great since of humor, I think he would love having his service on April fools day!!
Chloe Griffith from Medford OR wrote on March 31, 2022 at 4:37 pm
I will always cherish the time I spent in the Manning household. Alan was incredibly creative and quick with a joke. Iā€™m lucky he allowed a moody teen to roam around the farm and learn from him. Iā€™m thinking of you Manning family
Steve & Connie Harper from Valley Head wrote on March 31, 2022 at 4:19 pm
Our condolences to all of the Manning family and our prayers and thoughts for the days ahead.
Linda Miller from Mentone wrote on March 31, 2022 at 3:53 pm
May the Lord give you His peace, comfort, and strength during this difficult time! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Love your family!
Annie Wells from Rome wrote on March 31, 2022 at 3:40 pm
Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Praying God will shower you all with His love, comfort and peace. With love, Annie
Hannah Neel from Valley Head wrote on March 31, 2022 at 2:31 pm
My heart goes out to you all in this time of celebration life, never loose the sight of the goodness every day gives. It is never easy letting go, but Elizabeth-may you carry on your dads great humor, laughter and joy as you already do!
Please do write his stories for all to know, you're so gifted in having the words that gift the world of creatives beautifully.
Brian & Jennifer Manning from Valley Head wrote on March 31, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Our loved ones never truly leave us, as they live on forever in our memories and hearts! Wishing you peace and comfort during this time. We love you! Brian and Jennifer Manning
Kyle Conkle from Rome, GA wrote on March 31, 2022 at 10:31 am
Praying for your family during this incredibly difficult time. What you endured alongside him was beyond challenging, but the memories and internal strength gained will remain and his positive legacy live on. Sending specific comfort to my sweet friend Elizabeth and asking that God would provide a special peace as she moves forward.
Bill Berry from Mentone wrote on March 31, 2022 at 9:59 am
I send my heartfelt love and prayerful support to all the Mannings ā€¦ as do countless others who knew and loved Alan.
Sandra Haney from Valley Head wrote on March 31, 2022 at 3:28 am
Prayers going up for you, Susan and your family. You and Alan were such an awesome couple. Love you
Ray & Sandra Padgett from Mentone, Alabama wrote on March 31, 2022 at 2:13 am
May his memory be a blessing
Rhonda Wood Childress from Fyffe wrote on March 31, 2022 at 1:55 am
Our Prayers are with each of you. Alan was precious and left his mark on our world. Love you
Bruce and Kathy Burt from Fort Payne, Al. wrote on March 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for Susan and family for God to wrap you in his loving arms and give you strength and comfort in the coming days. šŸ™šŸ™šŸ™
Felicia Wilburn from Fort Payne wrote on March 30, 2022 at 6:17 pm
My deepest condolences for the entire family.. I went to school with Alan.. I have childhood memories of the family farm myself.. Alan was a great guy.. I love his parents dearly.. prayers for you and your family in the days ahead
ROSA CURRIE from Fort Payne wrote on March 30, 2022 at 5:32 pm
So sorry
Susan.Praying for comfort in the coming days.

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