James "Jim" Lowell Manning, Jr.
Mar 18, 1940 - Oct 22nd, 2019
Rock, AR 72212)
James Lowell (Jim) Manning,
Jr., 79, of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday, October 22. Jim
and his twin brother were born in Jonesboro on March 18, 1940 to Coach
Lowell "Hoss" and Clyde Manning. Jim was preceded in
death by all three.
Jim grew up in Little Rock where, being a coach's son, he was a natural
competitor and had a love of all sports. Jim's most fond memories were
of his days playing baseball. In 1952, his Little Rock All-Star Little
League team became the first Arkansas team to make it to the Little
League World Series in Williamsport, PA. In 1957, he played for his
friend and mentor, Buddy Coleman on the Coleman Dairy American Legion
team. The team, after a hard battle, won the Arkansas state
Jim attended Little Rock Central High School and U.A.L.R. (then L.R.U.)
where he played basketball, and was also President of the social club
Chi Sigma Epsilon, that obtained the charter to become the Theta Eta
Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Jim had graduated before the
first pledge class was initiated, but in 2018, Jim was proudly initiated
with his grandson, Clay Caffey.
Jim served in the Air National Guard 123rd Reconnaissance Technical
Squadron. After his father's death, he began working at Spaulding
Sporting Goods. Jim was an avid golfer and in 1964 opened the
Arnold Palmer Driving Range on South University. It was during this time
he met his wife Carolyn.
Jim and Carolyn opened the first Bonanza Steak House in Arkansas at
Asher and University in 1966, where they worked together in the store
until the birth of their daughter, Tracy, in 1968. Over the next
several years, Jim and his partners opened Bonanza Steak Houses in
Arkansas, Kansas and Arizona.
Jim's dad, Hoss, took him to Oaklawn Park to his first horserace, when
he was a young boy. He was immediately hooked and thoroughbred racing,
by far, became his greatest passion. The Mannings had the thrill of
owning several well-known horses including Dragset, Cisk and Silver
Survivor. He was also a part owner of a thoroughbred breeding
and training farm in Okolona, AR. Spending time in Hot Springs of course
introduced Jim to his favorite restaurant and in 1972, Jim and three
friends purchased Coy's Steakhouse in Hot Springs from owner Coy
Theobalt. The Mannings operated the restaurant until it burned in 2009.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, daughter, Tracy
Manning Brown (Eddie), brother-in-law, Rodney Appling and grandchildren
Clay Caffey, Lauren Fredericksen, Reed Boroughs and Haley Raschke, one
great grandchild, Taytum, and numerous cousins and great friends.
The family would like to thank Drs. B.K. Singh, Shane Kimball and Kamal
Patel who patiently directed us through the last 4 years.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. at St.
James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, in Little Rock
with a reception immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to
The Lamar Porter Revitalization, c/o The Little Rock Boys Club, P.O. Box
530, North Little Rock, AR 72115 or to your favorite sports