In Memoriam: O.W. Maness

OS Maness

Just received word this evening that O. W. Maness (a long-time Central Carolina RC Club member) has passed away and it is my great sorrow to pass along this terrible news to you all. OW was a long time fixture at GRAMS—at least 40 years of membership with us. I don’t really have any details about OW’s passing—I do know he’d had a number of health problems over the last 2-3 years. I have not yet seen his obituary—-I understand it will be published either Wednesday the 11th or maybe Thursday the 12th. In any event, I had just seen OW at the Burlington Swap Meet in January and he looked to be in fine physical shape—he and I talked about getting ready for Spring flying and he certainly was looking forward to that. Given how good he looked in January—and how terrific his mental outlook was then, I am stunned that he has passed away

Anybody who was a member at GRAMS knew OW—-he certainly had a personality that was larger than life itself. If you flew at GRAMS, you had best have thick skin, because OW Maness was going to tease you a little bit—especially if you had a tough flight or botched up your landing. Poor old Bobby Honeycutt and Herb Wilkerson (both now passed away) were regular targets of OW’s teasing. As a pilot, OW was simply superb—absolutely the best stick & rudder man I’ve ever met. He liked to fly big planes—and he flew them like he stole them—FAST and LOW. His reflexes and control were so good that he made aggressive flying look effortless. OW attended Giant Scale Fly-In’s across the Southeast for 30+ years. He was widely known for Gee Bee’s—-he was authoritative about the Granville brothers and all the plane variants they built. He always had a Giant Scale model of a Gee Bee in his van. In his hands, they looked like pussycats—-but I can tell you they are notoriously difficult to fly. I personally saw OW hover a Gee Bee Model Z about 6’ off the deck—and he had to be 75 years old when he did it. OW was another wonderful builder, a guy who liked to scratch build his planes—even down to making his own molds to pull a custom fiberglass cowling or canopy. Man, I am going to miss seeing this guy at the field.

Steve Vergamini
Greensboro, NC

 

There will be a celebration of life this Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 3PM at The Triad Cremation Society on Veasely St. in Greensboro.http://www.triadcremationsociety.com/

 

Central Carolina Hobbies Now Open!

Roving reporter Al Mills that Central Carolina Hobbies, across the street from the old KC Hobbies location, has finally opened and they’re grand opening is currently underway! Below is a photo of the store. Apparently the shipping strike in California has delayed delivery of some merchandise but since the strike has been settled hopefully new merchandise will be in soon! Good luck to Central Carolina Hobbies! The shops phone number is 336-434-0900

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More Christmas Party Details!

From the president’s desk:

WHAT: CHRISTMAS PART
WHERE: HILLSVILLE RECREATION CENTER
WHEN: THIS SATURDAY, DEC13, 6PM  UNTIL!
COST: $15.00 PER PERSON, MEMBERS AND GUESTS INVITED, GREAT FOOD INCLUDING: BARBEQUE,  BANANA PUDDING AND OTHER GREAT FOOD AND DRINKS, ALL CATERED AGAIN BY STEVE COX AND HIS LOVELY WIFE.
GREAT DOOR PRIZES AS WELL AS A RAFFLE FOR A NICE MODEL AND OUR YEAR END 50/50 DRAWING TILL SOME LUCKY DOG PULLS THE ACE OF SPADES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.
DON’T FORGET TO BRING BAKED GOODS TO DONATE TO THE CLUB FOR THE SILENT AUCTION AND THE ALWAYS ENTERTAINING LIVE AUCTION.  IN ADDITION , THIS YEAR WERE ASKING FOR YOUR SURPLUS R/C ITEMS IN GOOD CONDITION WHICH WILL BE AUCTIONED ALSO.
ABOVE ALL, THIS A FUN FOR ALL EVENT, BE THERE OR BE MISSED!!!

Christmas Party Details

The following is from the November newsletter. Thanks to editor Tom Black for his great work maintaining the newletter.

It’s Party Time. The annual CCRC Christmas party will be on December 13 at the Hillsville Community Center from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The address is 9078 Hillsville Road, Trinity NC next to the Dollar General store. The cost is $15.00 per person. Correct change is always appreciated. You can donate baked goods, new or gently used R/C items for the auction. There will door prizes, an airplane raffle and a 50/50 raffle. We took a head count for the party at the last meeting so if you were not there please let Marshall know if you are coming and how many will be in your party. You can contact Marshall at 312-4095.

While we are enjoying our Christmas party we can also help someone else. We are doing a food drive for COATS of Archdale. This will run from 11-12-14 through 12-13-14. Any canned or non-perishable foods can be dropped off at club kitchen or brought to the CCRC Christmas party. Please help those less fortunate.

Eat, Meet, Vote!

Next Tuesday, November 11, will be our November club meeting and we will resume meeting at Pioneer Restaurant in Archdale. Come early and eat if you want before the 7pm meeting. If you didn’t mail in your vote then bring it to the meeting as we will finalize the election of club officers for 2015.