Ronnie Ray Maness


Ronnie Ray Maness of Tyler, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday August 30th, 2019 at the age of 64. He was the son of the late R.J. and Lucille Maness of Jacksonville. He graduated from Jacksonville High school in 1973. He graduated from the Tyler Junior College Respiratory technology program in 1987.
He worked for ETMC/UT Health East Texas for 39 years. He loved his patients and coworkers. Ron previously stated that he felt his co-workers and patients helped him grow in an outstanding hospital. He loved his dogs, was a kind soul, and never met a stranger. Ron loved to fish and spend time with his friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, R.J. and Lucille Maness, and his grandson, Dustin.
He is survived by his daughter, Christy Maness of Gilmer, her mother Debbie Maness Criswell, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is survived by a brother, Russell Maness of Center, his sister in law Polly Bowers-Maness, and 3 nephews.
Memorial wake services will be held at his home on 1708 Barbara Street, Tyler Texas from 4pm to 8 pm on Saturday September 7th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to any Austin Bank location for the Ron Maness Memorial Scholarship fund c/o Russell Maness. This scholarship will benefit respiratory therapy students attending Tyler Junior College.
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Published on September 4, 2019
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Peggy Riley
Sep 10, 2019
I met Ronnie when he was in high school, as a friend of his parents Lucille & Reginald. Then, as down through the years, Ronnie showed a warm heart, compassion and a strong need to make a difference. He succeeded. I loved to hear him laugh and he loved to share humor. He will be missed.
Debbie Good
Sep 09, 2019
Ron, was a special and loving friend. I had the pleasure of knowing him. He was my brother's best friend. He will be dearly missed
Cathy Fulton
Sep 09, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss 🙏
Lou Driver Kruelskie
Sep 05, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.
Christy Maness
Sep 05, 2019
Heaven is so much brighter with my dads sweet smile there now. I'll see him again. This is not where it ends. I love you, Dad. Until it's my time, I'll carry you with me.
Debbie Criswell
Sep 05, 2019
Ronnie was my high school sweetheart and will forever be in my heart. He was such a funny person and through the years we spent many hours on the phone laughing and reminiscing. He didn't allow phone calls after 9pm but he would call me after his chosen hour. I would answer the phone to hear him say "Deb!!" "This is Ron, your sweetheart!" I'd ask him why he called me after 9 and he would say "Golly dang Sweetie, I didnt realize it was after 9!" We would laugh. We married in High School and i was pregnant with Christy when we graduated. We were young but so in love. As we went our seperate ways, that love remained and we stayed in touch. A part of me is now lost. I miss him dearly. My only re...gret is not getting the message so Christy and I could have shared time with him before he passed. Our conversations always ended with "I love you", so...I love you my Ronnie, forever and always. I'll see you when I get there. It will be like the blink of an eye. You were a gift to me that I will always cherish and thank God for and thank you for giving me Christy.Read more