Gail Wright Manning
Family: Husband, Dr. Hubert Manning, a semi-retired radiologist, daughter, Catherine Doxey who lives here, and a son, Stephen Manning and his wife, Allison, who live in Newnan. We have wonderful grandchildren, William and Abigail Doxey, Grace and the twins, Ava and Emma Manning. We lost our precious special needs granddaughter, Anna, last year. Years in the Golden Isles: 49 School: Graduate of Georgia Southern University, graduate school at LSU, and an Associate Degree in Accounting from the College of Coastal Georgia (at age 40) Former occupation: Happily retired. CEO and co-founder of Medical Services of Glynn, a Brunswick medical billing company for physicians for 30 years, and former co-owner and certified flight instructor for L & M Aviation. Originally a high school biology teacher and my first love. I have since taught adult illiterates to read, flying ground school at our college, and a year of human anatomy to my staff at work. Explain the role Pirates of the Spanish Main plays in the community: As a community service organization, the Pirates prepare young women to realize their role in being a part of a wider community and how they individually and as a group can make it better. As a result of their roles, they develop leadership skills, learn how to work individually and in groups, see the value of helping their community and become better future citizens. Describe your role with Pirates: When I was asked to become a sponsor, I had no idea of what my role included. Imagine my surprise when I went into the first meeting and was told the sponsor did not come to their meetings nor events. At that time, the organization was involved in hazing and had no money not even to to buy the special Pirate pins the girls wear. I was able to get an original Pirate to come speak to them so they saw their important place in our local history, bought the missing pins, had a pinning ceremony, got them on good financial footing and began to monitor and try to eliminate the hazing. Bill Wood, the principal at Glynn Academy was a great help in getting it removed from the schools. Elaine Hummel joined me after a couple of years (my best benefit from all of my years of service, a dear friend) and together we stood behind the girls and watched with pride as they blossomed and made good decisions, becoming the original purpose, good ambassadors of our community. What are your favorite things to do in the Golden Isles: I play a lot of bridge at the Golden Isles Duplicate Bridge Center which we are so fortunate to have. The beach is my happy place with a good book. Our whole family enjoys all our wonderful restaurants.
I have also happily served as a docent for our Christ Church and the lighthouse. Over the years, I have worked in almost all the local charities including being the first chairman for the Cancer Society’s Gala when it moved to a night event, tirelessly for Frederica Academy in its beginning, the humane society, Boy Scouts, too many to mention. Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: The beach, hands down. It restores my soul. I feel so blessed to live here and thank God every time I ride across the causeway! I also love our Christ Church even the cemetery which is another place where I feel so at peace. Just to sit in that beautiful old building and realize all our history and be able to worship there is such a privilege. A local you admire: There are so many community leaders in the past who have helped mold our wonderful community: Ben Slade, Dewey Benefield, Bill Jones Jr. and Bill III, Woody Woodside, Dr. Burl Jennings, Mid Harris, just to mention a few. Personally, I have to mention my dear friend, Millie Wilcox, who has successfully managed to turn from an international modeling career to owning and running a art gallery here; has been for many years and still is a community leader. Favorite local causes you support: My first love is education, and so I have always supported our schools and local college, even the youth orchestra for music education. All of us are touched by cancer and need to support it ongoing. We are blessed to have Hospice of the Golden Isles and I always support it. I attend all the Golden Isles Symphony concerts and The Island Player plays.