I didn’t know Deputy Sheriff David Lee Sean Manning but after Sunday March 11, 2018 when I drove up on the scene of the accident it is like I have been knowing him all of my life.
I knew Deputy Manning’s dad Kevin D. Johnson and I was there supporting the family when he became deceased. I also know Kevin’s mother Barbara Jean Moore.
I knew of Deputy Manning’s mother Dashina Manning as I ran into her from time to time.
I know Deputy Manning’s grandparents David and Ann Manning and we were good friends. Ann asked me one time did I video her mother’s funeral and I said no I don’t go around videoing funerals without getting permission. She said anytime someone dies in her family that she wanted me to video the funeral. I said okay.
I knew of Deputy Manning’s stepdad William Heath but didn’t know him, know him. After calling a friend and a close friend of William he told me you know him he used to be sitting with us at the football games because he had a son playing and he like myself would be videoing the games.
On Tuesday I got a call from someone about videoing a funeral in Rocky Mount and I told them I had some funerals in Pinetops and I had to see when they would be. I had one on Saturday and Sunday.
I sent a message to Dashina on IM and told her to tell her mother to call me. Dashina responded back and she asked did I want to talk to her or her mother. I said I can talk to you. She called me and I told her what her mother had told me and I told her I was trying to reach her mother to let her know that this was her grandson and that if they wanted me to video I would have to hear it from Dashina. Dashina said we are working the details and that my name had come up and they were going to contact me after they had gone down to the funeral home the following day Wednesday and she would let me know the details. I said all I need to know is which day the funeral would be and I will be there.
I want to thank the Manning family for allowing me to video the visitation on Saturday and then the Fa bu lous ta stic Homegoing Celebration on Sunday. I also want to thank Sheriff Clee Atkinson Edgecombe County Sheriff Office for allowing me to be a part of the 2 day celebration and especially on Sunday.
This week I learned a lot about Deputy Manning. A co-worker Joan Stevens told me she knew him because he was their waiter at Buffalo Wild Wings. I didn’t know he had worked there. She talked about how nice a young man he was.
I heard different folk talking about Deputy Manning love for music and that he was good at it. His grandmother Ann told me he used to work at Texas Steakhouse in Rocky Mount also. She also told me he had worked at the Family Dollar in Tarboro. This young man had work around his heart something so many young folk have a problem with because they will don’t want to work.
I have felt so helpless on Sunday March 11, 2018 when I watched Deputy David Lee Sean Manning lying there. I say helpless but it was God’s Plan and you can’t beat God giving. God has given him a new home and I can’t touch that.
I feel good on today to know that as I told the Manning Family on Wednesday when I went to see them, I thank them for allowing me to video and take photos because they will be allowing me to give them something that they can cherish all the days of their lives. I said during the time as a family are going through the services they will not remember the numerous folk that are present. I said they will not remember all that the Eulogist said. I said you will be able to go back and look at the video and the photos and it will help bring some closure to the remembrance of your love one.
My heart goes out the Manning family, the Heath Family and The Joyner Family.
My heart goes out to Sheriff Clee Atkinson and the entire Edgecombe County Sheriff Office and all Law Enforcement Officers that were present and those who wanted to be a part of this Great Homegoing Celebration.
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Deputy Sheriff David Lee Sean Manning Visitation
Deputy Sheriff David Lee Sean Manning Homegoing Celebration Preparation For Traveling To Edgecombe Community College Keihin Auditorium
Deputy Sheriff David Lee Sean Manning Homegoing
Deputy Sheriff David Lee Sean Manning The Road To The Final Resting Place Public Pine View Cemetery Pinetops North Carolina
Sheriff Clee Atkinson Edgecombe County Sheriff Office Remarks
Apostle Emma Speaker Dickens Eulogist