Katharine Clare Manning
Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar
5599 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN
"I made a side tour to Drew…to visit a former student of mine at Ole Miss who had been named runner-up to Miss America in Atlantic City, but she had been out in the swamp most of the night killing bullfrogs with a .22 pistol for a frog-fry..." – Willie Morris in My Mississippi

Katharine Clare Manning
, 59, of Lamar, passed away Dec 23, 2021, after several weeks fighting Covid-19. The family is deeply saddened by her young life cut short.

She is survived by her three children, Robert Edwin Loeb, Jr. (31) of Breckenridge, Anne Hensley Loeb (29) of Nashville, and Jackson Manning Loeb (27) of Memphis; her mother, Joan Manning of Drew; her brother, Richard Warren Manning of Drew; her sister-cousin, Crama Manning Koury of Madison; first cousin, Michael Manning of Madison; and many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Kathy was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi May 28, 1962 to the late Reese Warren Manning III and Joan Hensley Manning. Kat graduated from North Sunflower Academy and received a BA in in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. For the many people who knew her, she was someone who loved to connect with people from many different walks of life – and really get to know them for who they are and what brought them joy.

She wore many hats in her short lifetime:
• USO touring for the military in Asia, Central America and the Caribbean
• Weatherwoman for ABC affiliate WHBQ 13, Memphis
• Model for major brands like Coppertone and Maybelline
• Recording artist and singer for Christian celebrations from Sunday services to weddings and baptisms
• Active philanthropist for many charities, most dearly, Memphis Humane Society, Alzheimer's Day Care Centers, Palmer Home for Children, Crisis Center, Orpheum Memphis

And in all of these and more, she left a mark on nearly everyone she met. During her high school, college and recent grad years, she was known as Mississippi's Sweetheart. And after moving to Memphis, many people viewed her as the heart of the city. And our hearts ache in her loud absence, especially during this holiday season.

The visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 5 to 7p.m. at the Memphis Funeral Home at 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN. Masks will be required. A private burial will take place Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 3:33 p.m.

And her children make a special request to submit memories and photos of their mother to [email protected] or https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/katharine-loeb-10500675#remembering to celebrate her life and uncover some new memories too.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Tunnel to Towers or CUDDLY can be made in her honor.
Published by The Daily Memphian on Dec. 28, 2021.
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Such an amazing and beautiful woman, inside and out. I'm deeply saddened by her passing and offer my sincere sympathy to her family.
Richard Shanks
January 2, 2022
Ms. Manning was a student of mine at Ole Miss... So sorry to see this...She was serious and kind to all... my thoughts are with her family members
Steven Millner
January 1, 2022
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I did not have the honor of knowing Katherine personally. however; I would like to participate in remembering her. Blessings!
Maria Ryan
January 1, 2022
So very sorry to hear of the loss of such an amazing person. Sympathies go out to all her friends and family as well as associates. Such a very sad day!!!! Heaven is celebrating the homecoming of this beautiful woman!!!
Dawn Gilliam
December 31, 2021
I will also be making a contribution to Tunnel to Towers in memory of Kathy.
David Gladden
December 30, 2021
Kathy was a sweetheart to many. During her reign as Miss Mississippi she came to Cleveland at my invitation as a celebrity for the Carson & Barnes Circus sponsored by the Lions Club. She and I both rode elephants thru the Big Top that night. It was a memorable moment
David Gladden
December 30, 2021
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