Clara “Esther” Manning, age 90, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee passed away February 5, 2015 at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Esther was born September 13, 1924 in Whitley City, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Henry “Pat” and Linda (Casada) Alcorn. Esther was an early member of the Oak Ridge Arts Center and past president of the Arts Center Guild. She graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History. She was active in local garden clubs and had served as Secretary of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs and on the board of the Ivan Ratcheff Memorial House and Gardens in Knoxville. She excelled at flower arranging, receiving awards in several local and state competitions. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge and a Methodist Medical Center “pink lady” volunteer.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents, husband Delmer Manning, brothers William, James, and Gale Alcorn, and sisters Mary Trammell and Joyce May. She is survived by brother Joe Alcorn and wife Anita (Cole) of Oak Ridge, sister Wilma and husband Gene Mullins of Dayton, Ohio; sons Larry Manning and wife Kirby (Purdon) of Burnside, Kentucky and Alan Manning and wife Ginny (Boeing) of Oak Ridge; cherished grandchildren Jeff Manning, Danny Manning and wife Lauren (Ricks), Brian Manning, and Lara Manning; along with great granddaughters Leah and Erin Manning.
The family will receive friends at 1pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at McCreary County Funeral Home in Whitley City, Kentucky, followed by a graveside service at Bethel Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky at 3:00 p.m.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.