Born April 16, 1980, in Oklahoma City, OK; passed away June 12, 2021. Adam was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Edmond, Choctaw for a few years and then back to Edmond, where he graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1999. He and his big brother Matt had the best memories of riding bikes, playing with Lego’s and hours of video games while growing up. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma before venturing out into the real world with an entrepreneurial spirit and purchased the local Edmond bar known as The Track.
In the spring of 2008, Adam enlisted with Oklahoma National Guard, completing basic training at Fort Sill and then additional training at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, specializing in small weapons repair. Later in 2008 the Oklahoma National Guard and Adam were activated and shipped out to Iraq and returned home in 2009. Upon his return, Adam joined the Geek Squad at Best Buy and continued his part-time duties with the Oklahoma National Guard. In February 2011, Adam was activated again, and this time spent his Oklahoma National Guard tour in Afghanistan. Adam returned physically unscathed and returned to the Geek Squad. Adam completed his duties with the Oklahoma National Guard in May 2014 with an honorable discharge. He earned multiple honors during his years with the Guard, and we have always been so proud of his willingness to serve our country.
In 2012, Adam left Best Buy and joined the dental side of Henry Schein where he excelled at the installation of dental equipment and computer networks at the finest dental facilities in Oklahoma, North Texas, and parts of Arkansas. He was loved and respected by his co-workers and clients, and they were his extended family. Adam was instrumental at setting up the equipment for the annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy dental clinics in Oklahoma City.
When Adam was not serving his country or working, he could be found in the company of his life-long friends playing games online and in person. They were known to play these games late into the night fueled by caffeine and laughter. Each Christmas Adam was the only one with enough patience to help his nieces with their new Lego sets from Santa. In the last couple years of his life, Adam joined the Hollow-Q BBQ Team, traveling and competing across the region. Adam did not make it easy for himself but tried his best always to help others. He had a huge heart and thankful for the time we had for him, and wish we had many years more.
Adam is preceded in death by his father, Michael Manoles, and mother, Betsy Larson and 6 loving grandparents, Bill & Gracie Manoles, Jim & Betty Larson, and Art & Sally Jones. Adam is survived by his brother Matt Manoles and sister-in-law, Jamie and their daughters, Adam’s beloved nieces McKenzie (12), Malori (8), and Maybree (4) of Oklahoma City; most loving bonus mom of all time Melinda Jones Thomason and her husband John of Edmond; Aunt Barbara Larson; Uncle & Aunt, James and Jamie Larson; Uncle & Aunt, Mike and Debbie Jones and their children Katie and Will; Aunt Mona Jones.
Adam’s life will be celebrated, and his remains put to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City on Friday June 25, 2021 at 9am.
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