Bobby Layne Day

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 will forever be known as Bobby Layne Day. During the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on the same day, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman issued a proclamation to memorialize. Pictured, from left, Mark Meltzer stands with his wife (Layne’s daughter) Kelly and their son Larson, Norman, Layne’s wife Topsy and his daughter Karen Henegar.

The late Bobby Layne was an influential man to many and Manchester officials wanted to honor him.

During the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, April 2, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman proclaimed April 2, 2019, to be Bobby Frank Layne Day.

“Bobby Frank Layne was born in Hillsboro, Tenn., to the late to Sam and Espa Burnett Layne,” Norman said. “Bobby was a graduate of Coffee County Central High School’s Class of 1953 and worked at AEDC for 39 years.

“He is known throughout Coffee County for his dedication and exceptional work as a coach to many sports. He coached local baseball, softball, basketball and track over 58 years. In 2008, his Jiffy Burger softball team won the national champions in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.,” Norman continued.

“He helped positively impacted countless youth of our community by volunteering his time as a coach and mentor. His skill, hard work, dedication and kindness will be missed by players and citizens alike. We are grateful for the tremendous contribution he has made to the City of Manchester,” he concluded.

Previously, the city named a street after him on March 5, 2012: Bobby Layne Drive. This gesture was to thank him for his dedicate to the area’s youth athletic programs

Layne died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at the age of 83. 

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Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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