|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1957|
|Death: ||May 2, 2011|
"Manning died earlier this year in Florida at 53. By all accounts, he was still in love with all three. In the end, he taught tennis and even played the game at a high level after losing an arm, a lung, and half his tongue to the cancer that finally killed him. He died like he lived: Outrageously.
Manning grew up in Northern Virginia, where he played for Yorktown High School’s 1974 championship tennis team. He ranked among the Mid-Atlantic’s best junior players.
But Manning was a legend for his off-court behaviors.
As a teenager, Manning was Ferris Bueller meets Bluto Blutarsky, a devious kid who did whatever he wanted. He was always on the verge of flunking out, but everybody wanted to be around him.
“The stories about Kevin Manning are endless, and make me laugh ’til I cry,” says Bill Scott, a Yorktown classmate and lifelong friend of Manning’s.
There’s the one about Manning turning the Fort Myer Officers’ Club into a Yorktown hangout. “Kevin just talked his way onto the base somehow, then made sure he got to know all the bartenders,” says Scott. “So you have a bunch of 17-year-olds starting off every Friday night drinking at the Officers’ Club of a major military installation.”
Manning also entertained his friends at the media’s expense. Back when Ken Beatrice was the only sports talk radio host in town—and before the Internet and caller ID—Manning would call into Beatrice’s show. Using a variety of names and voices, he’d exploit the host’s inability to admit he didn’t know something. I remember once hearing a “Sparky from Arlington” tell Beatrice that “this kid Jack Schore just beat McEnroe over in Europe.” The voice was Manning’s. “Sparky” was one of his nom de fucking-with-yous. And Schore was a thirty-something local tennis teacher, not an up-and-coming player, and wasn’t anywhere near Europe or John McEnroe at the time.
One night at Winston’s, the Georgetown underage-imbibing hotbed where I first met Manning, then-President Gerald Ford’s teenage daughter was having a party. Her posse included a slew of Secret Service agents. The agents were on the alert: Ford had been targeted by the Symbionese Liberation Army. But they couldn’t save her from getting punk’d by Manning.
“Kevin convinces the Secret Service that we’re the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team,” says Wysor, “and pretty soon we’re throwing back Budweisers with the president’s daughter and Kevin’s inviting her and the Secret Service to the match he told her we were going to have the next day.”Manning eventually became a teaching pro at tennis clubs and a star on the age-group circuit. He won a 1990 United States Tennis Association doubles title for 30-and-over players and a 2007 world singles title from the United States Professional Tennis Association, a sanctioning body for teaching pros. The peak of his late-blooming tennis career came in 2008, when Manning was named to the U.S. team that competed for the Fred Perry Cup, an international age-group team championship. But weeks before the squad was to travel to Turkey to compete, Manning went to the doctor complaining of a burning sensation in his mouth. Malignant tumors were causing the pain. He had half his tongue and his lymph nodes removed. He was released from the hospital just eight days before the tournament. He played, helping the U.S. team finish third." Washington City Paper, Dave McKenna
Kenneth Theodore Manning (1921 - 2009)
Eileen Josephine O'Sullivan Manning (1921 - 2010)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes held by Mary Jane
Created by: Mary Jane Evertz
Record added: Dec 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81848010