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William "David" Manning

March 21, 1981 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 40)


William “David” Manning, 40, of Greenville NC passed away Sunday February 13, 2022, at UNC Lenoir Hospital while surrounded by his family.


“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So, no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out. Keep ya head up… and handle it.” -Tupac Shakur


David loved his family/friends and to learn about history. Besides his love for family/friends and history, he loved to rap. He was always rapping; it was nothing for him to just come up with something and start rapping, even the most random things. David mostly rapped about life and things he had been through or struggled with in life. His rapping was a way he was able to express himself and how he saw life. Some wouldn’t understand that, but those who knew him, knew that’s how he was and that’s how he told his story in life. In his short time in life, David fought many demons, but he loved and cherished his family and friends wholeheartedly. Although David wasn’t one to always come around, you could always count on him calling to check in and make sure you were okay and to tell you he loved you and he was okay.


“Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” -Tupac Shakur


Left to cherish his memory is his Fiancé Bernita King, Father David Alan Manning wife Michelle Manning of Ayden, Mother Sandra Diaz husband John Diaz of Kinston, Sisters Miranda Mervin of Kinston, Melissa Baker husband Justin Baker of Kinston, Natalie Ajpacaja husband Fernando Ajpacaja of Fountain, and Tabitha Smith of Ayden. David also had five nephews, two nieces, and numerous other family and friends of Ayden and Greenville.


Preceded in death by paternal grandparents William and Marjorie Manning, maternal grandparents William and Marjorie Jackson and Uncle William Ivan Jackson.


A memorial will be held for David at a later date. Family request that in lieu of flowers to make a donation to America Cancer Society. 


“Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” -Tupac Shakur  







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