Eleanor Manning’s Lasting Legacy

     Although Eleanor Manning left us at age 96 on April 1, 2021, her love for this community and her generous financial gifts remain a lasting legacy to her life.

     “How can a woman so small in stature carry around a heart so big?” Johnny Wilson, executive director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry, says in the September newsletter issue from the Cumberland Community Foundation.  “Even in her absence on earth, Mrs. Manning’s endowment gift continues to help Fayetteville Urban Ministry serve people, dream big and ensure our sustainability in the community she loved so dearly.”

            Wilson is not alone in his remembrance of Mrs. Manning.

   “The creation of Mrs. Manning’s endowments for Cape Fear Botanical Garden reflects her devotion to our garden,” Bill Pollitt, board of directors chairman for Cape Fear Botanical Garden, says in the newsletter. “Her gifts help ensure the sustainability of our beautiful garden and the continuation of inspiring programs for generations to come. While she will be greatly missed, her generosity and spirit will be remembered by many for years to come.”

            You’ll find Eleanor Manning’s benevolence throughout this community to include the Cape Fear Botanical Garden Children’s Fund,Friends of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden Endowment, Friends of The CARE Clinic Endowment, Endowment for the Center for Economic Empowerment & Development, the Eleanor and Raymond Manning Endowment for First Christian Church, Friends of Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch Endowment, Friends of Fayetteville Urban Ministry Endowment, Manning Find-a-Friend Endowment for Fayetteville Urban Ministry and Heritage Square Historical Society Endowment. She was Eleanor Boone Manning, and Eleanor Boone Manning made a difference for the betterment of others in this community and her lifetime.

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            Vera Bell, WC Powers, Amy Perko, Janet Prewitt and Joe Vonnegut are the newest members to the Cumberland Community Foundation board of directors, according to the September newsletter, and all will be strong board assets.

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            “Hello Bill, I see you are staying active after you left the newspaper,” Bob White writes in an email and wonders about a survey report by Conventions Sports & Leisure International about this community’s plans when the Crown Complex closes its theater and arena in November of 2025. “What was the outcome of the Performing Art Center meeting at the Crown? Where are they thinking of putting the center and how will they fund it?” It was a positive meeting and the report from Conventions Sports & Leisure that presented the results of its market and financial feasibility study. We learned the community can sustain a Multi-Purpose Event Center of almost 90,000 square feet at a cost of between $70 and $80 million. Among those at the meeting was Charles Evans, chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners; Commissioner Jimmy Keefe, who is liaison to the Cumberland County Civic Commission; and Kathy Keefe Jensen, the mayor pro tem of the city. All agreed this community needs a multi-purpose event center. Potential sites talked about were downtown, the I-295 Outer Loop and on the Crown property on U.S. Business 301.

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            If you reside in the Spring Lake community, then you are encouraged to attend the Spring Lake Area Visioning the Future land use plan scheduled for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Spring Lake Recreation Center at 245 Ruth St. in Spring Lake. “We are excited to engage with stakeholders to create this plan, which will guide future zoning decisions and identify potential pathways to community goals,” Annette Massari, a planner with Cumberland County Planning and Inspections, says in a news release.  While the land use plan will not change the current zoning or use of property, according to the release, participants who attend the public meeting will help planners understand the needs and values of Spring Lake area stakeholders. For more information about the Spring Lake land use plan, visit spring-lake-area-land-use-plan-cumberlandgis.hub.arcgis.com. Residents who cannot attend the meeting but wish to provide feedback may call 910-678-7612.

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“Rudolph was a good friend and a great football and basketball official,” Glenn Riddle writes on the Tribute page of Rudolph Green’s obituary, and Glenn Riddle could not have said it better about the talented high school basketball and football official. He was the 1972 football official of the year. Rudolph Green was a Massey Hill High School graduate, where he was an intense competitor, earned an associate’s degree from Campbell University and spent his working career as a postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service. Allen Rudolph Green Jr. died at age 86 on Sept. 20, 2021, and not only was he an outstanding high school athletic official, but Allen Rudolph Green Jr. also was a man with a good heart for others.

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   Bill, nice piece on Glenn Jernigan,” Jim Kirkland of Lumberton writes about our recent CityView newsletter on the late Fayetteville resident who served two terms in the N.C. House from 1971-1975 and three terms in the N.C. Senate from 1975-1982. “I knew him well at East Carolina College. He was a class ahead of me. I served as his treasurer of the campus Young Democrats. He met a lot of future politico heavy-hitters as statewide chairman for College Students for Kennedy and his campaigning for Terry Sanford. A guy who never met a stranger and never forgot his roots. As you, I shall miss him. I am glad he came into my life as well.” Glenn Reginal Jernigan was 82 when he died Sept. 3, 2021.

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961