Robert “Bob” Manning

Robert “Bob” Manning
Robert “Bob” Manning

Robert “Bob” Manning, 70, of Amarillo, TX passed away on December 16, 2020, in Amarillo, Texas.

A memorial celebration of life service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Trinity Fellowship Church, 5000 Hollywood Rd. Pastor Larry Miles, Bob’s best friend, and Pastor Dr. Howard K. Batson of First Baptist Church will officiate.

Bob was born August 25, 1950, in Fairview, Oklahoma to Robert Manning and Jean (Collins) Manning. He was raised in Great Bend, Kansas. Bob attended Oklahoma University before migrating to Texas. He bought Royal Glass in 1985 which provided Bob with many challenges and great friends. Bob loved a challenge and never saw a job that couldn’t be done, he not only found a way but did each job with excellence.

Bob lived by three main passions—his faith, his family, and his friends. Bob walked and talked about his faith. He ministered to many through his business, the prison ministries, and living his life BIG with and in Jesus Christ. He had three children, two daughters, Schonna and Macey, and one son Collin.

Bob was proud of his daughter Schonna’s many academic accomplishments including obtaining her doctorate in plant biology and becoming a professor at the University of Texas. Macey lives in Amarillo and owns Luxe Modern Realty and Luxe Modern Design, she is a reflection of her dad—-not a job or task that can’t be accomplished. She had a unique and close relationship with her father. Collin is working at Royal Glass and enjoying his adventure there. Bob and Collin enjoyed their many travels together, target shooting, eating good food, and playing pool. They always found time to talk and help each other. His grandkids, Karsten and Emerson provided sporting entertainment in soccer and volleyball and always provided laughter. Bob enjoyed watching Emerson’s college volleyball career. Bob and his family had many fun trips making memories to last a lifetime.

Bob also had a passion for riding Harley’s. He and his friends, 8 Deuce Motorcycle Club, traveled to all four corners of the United States. They enjoyed good rides, many interesting stories, good food, good cigars, and great fellowship. They have ridden over 100,000 miles and accumulated volumes of stories. The riding style of Bob earned him his club name of “Gypsy Bob”.

Bob enjoyed donating his time and talent for raising money to many organizations such as: prison ministries, Faith City Mission, Make a Wish Foundation, and Legion Project. Bob was instrumental in raising the funds and building two chapels–one for the Neal Unit Prison and one for the Clements Prison. These are only a few of the ways and organizations in which he has given his time, talent, and his generosity.

Bob was a man of honesty and integrity. He was a man of God. Bob loved the motto “Life is Good” and lived that life to its fullest. He never said a harsh word about anyone and helped many men whom he never knew. He walked with a proud step and reached out to others with a humbled heart.

Bob is survived by his children, Dr. Schonna Manning and husband Chris Moore of Austin, Macey Manning Solano of Amarillo, and Collin Manning of Amarillo; grandchildren, Karsten Solano and Emerson Solano of Amarillo; sister Sandy Manning Scherlacker and husband Emil Scherlacker of Wichita, Kansas; and sister, Cindy Manning of Edmond, Oklahoma. Bob also leaves behind his sweetheart, Debbie Davis. He is also survived by longtime friends Larry and Becky Miles and their family.

Schonna, Macey, Collin, Karsten, and Emerson would love for you to follow in Bob’s way—make memorials and donations to a charity or church of your choice. Help others and live the motto “Life is Good” because “God is good—all the time”.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18—“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”.

28 Replies to “Robert “Bob” Manning”

  1. I was blessed to know Bob and his loving family and friends. They touched my heart more than they could ever know. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with your beautiful family.

  2. Bob Manning was a gentle, fun loving man. I met him when we opened Sneakers, and we quickly became friends. I could trust him to do anything that was asked of him. RIP Bob. You will be missed by so many.

  3. I was blessed to meet Bob at the Dalhart Unit as he was delivering and sharing a truck load of things for our men in white for their Christmas Bags. What a blessing he was to our unit and so many others. He will be greatly missed by us all here.
    Out prayers and thoughts are with you all

  4. I met Bob in the 80s. He was always such a nice man with a big smile that was infectious! We later went to the same church where we became friends. Bob helped me through some really hard times in my life. He has been invaluable to me & my family. Bob will be greatly missed! His ministry reached much further than could ever be listed. We will miss our dear friend Bob. I can only imagine the great celebration in heaven Bob is having with his Lord Jesus Christ🙌🏼

  5. So very sorry…I loved waiting on him at Scott’s he sure did love his food! I would get a kick out of him when he would order and always so gracious and polite!

  6. Bob was a great guy. We played in the pool league together many moons ago. I just saw him a couple of months ago. He was in good spirits and looking forward to relaxing a bit. May God bless his family and friends.

  7. May The Memory of Our Brother Bob Manning Be A Blessing to The World till that Day we See Jesus Our Messiah our Lord and Savior -The Lord God King of The Universe !
    You were A Great Blessing Brother and Greatly Loved by All!❤️

  8. Bob was a rare gem, a mentor, a great friend, and like a big brother to me. I will always fondly remember him and forever treasure his footprints on my heart which were imprinted over three decades. He was a kind, giving, genuinely authentic man whose compassion for others drove his passions. He will be sorely missed. May the Holy Spirit bring peace and comfort to his family, whom he loved more than life, through these difficult days ahead. May the blessings of his love for others continue his legacy.

  9. Bob was a very kind and giving man. I met him when I was 18 years old when he called on my father for business. We had a lot good times in our younger days and I will never him. RIP my friend

  10. What a good man. And I don’t say that lightly. I met him almost 40 years ago. Always enjoyed seeing him at church for a long time. The world … and Amarillo … we’re the better because he was here

    Prayers for his family and all of us friends!!

    We will see you again….

  11. Gypsy Bob was so special to the Dalhart Unit. We truly loved Bob and his big heart to bless others. He will be missed by us tremendously.
    Lots of love and prayers:
    Chaplain Garza and Mandy ❤️

  12. Bob touched many lives (including mine), and he is greatly missed. He was my mentor and I owe him thanks for many opportunities.

  13. Bob was a mentor to my son, David Moore, and was a fellow worker with my husband, Dale McKee, in raising funds for the two prison chapels. Even after his cancer diagnosis, he continued to work with Amarillo Senior Citizens
    to raise money for their much-needed building renovation. Bob was an amazing man of God who went about doing good for others. I thank God for bringing Bob into my life. Donna Moore McKee

  14. Bob was a great guy, like an older brother to me. He lived with us in Great Bend after his parents moved to Oklahoma. He would always help you when ever you needed and my parents loved him very much. Bobby couldn’t do anything wrong invthere eyes. My older brother Don and Bob built there hot rods and raced there cars. I so sorry i haven’t been able to see him after he moved away and made his mark in the world. Great guy, loved him like a brother, i know he touched alot of lives. God bless you Bob, rest in peace big brother

  15. Rest In Peace Uncle Bob seems like only yesterday I saw you and Sam’s buying socks for the prisoners but it was a year ago you will be missed

  16. In prison ministry many men are called but very few serve , and you Gypsy Bob will be missed at the Neil unit and other units as well. Awesome job Sir.

  17. Our friendship lasted over 40 years. You always lived life to the fullest. You loved hard, worked hard and played hard. God had the biggest set of wings waiting for you when you entered thru the Pearly Gates. As he placed your wings on you there is no doubt he said “Job well done my good and loyal servant, welcome home.” I know there was excitement in heaven as they all shouted “ BOB MANNING” is here!

  18. Condolences to the Family..
    I met Bob on one of the mant trips to west palm beach for my daughter’s treatment.. He welcomed me an my daughter many nights to dinner . An brought her gifts. The many conversations we shared about my island ( Nassau,Bahamas).

    To his kids cherish the many memories ..
    R.I.P BOB🕊

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