Funeral services for Linda Elane Manning Grissom, 59, of Vinemont will
be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Moss-Service Chapel, the Revs. Charles
Irwin and John Richter officiating, with burial in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.
Moss-Service Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Grissom died Dec. 18 of a heart attack at her home in Vermont. She was born
on Nov. 24, 1946, in Cullman to James Arlander and Fannie Roberta Bradford Manning.
She was a 1965 graduate of Cullman High School, where she was elected "most talented"
every year. She also attended Calhoun Community College in Decatur.
While working in California, she also studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.
After high school, she entered the entertainment business, with her own television
program, "The Linda Manning Show" on WLW-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She also appeared on other shows as a musical guest, including the Steve Allen,
Joey Bishop, Gene Autry and Donald O'Connor shows filmed in Hollywood, Calif.
Linda was also a regular at the Palomino Club in Hollywood, and performed
at numerous music festivals, including both international venues, such as the
World's Fair in Montreal, Toronto and Regina, the International Red Cross Festival
in Tijuana, Mexico; and also at home in the states, at Panther Hall in
Fort Worth, Texas, the American Swingaround in Chicago, the Starlight Jubilee
in Des Moines, Iowa, and of course, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
During her entertainment career, she was managed by Jimmy Keys of NewKeys Music
in Nashville, Tenn.
Linda recorded for several record labels, including Mercury, Monument, Roulette
and Fraternity. Her single, "Shade Tree Mechanic," written by frequent collaborator
Tom T. Hall, was certified as a "gold record." She also shared tour billing
with many of the top acts in classic country music, including Roger Miller,
Bobby Bare, Jimmy C. Newman, Andy Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty,
Sonny James, Willie Nelson, Dave Dudley, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Wallace,
Ray Stevens, Faron Young, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Lee Hazelwood, Red Foley,
Tex Ritter, Ernest Tubb, Flatt and Scruggs, and John Hartford.
Linda was also nominated by the Academy of Country Music Awards for
the "Most Promising Female Vocalist Award" three times.
After her entertainment career, Linda returned to Cullman and opened
a jewelry store with her husband, David. Together they owned and operated Wholesale
Jewelers International for 25 years in Cullman. After retiring from the jewelry
business in 2003, Linda managed her commercial business space rental company,
Diamond Plaza Properties, until her death.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Arlander Manning.
Survivors include her husband, David William Grissom; and her daughter, Candace
Ursula Grissom; and her mother, Fannie Roberta Bradford Manning, all
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Linda Aldridge for
contacting us about the news of the death of Linda Manning and sending
us the link to her obituary notice.