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I knew Sonny through golf and know it was something he really enjoyed. He was a co-worker that I trusted and enjoyed being with and I’m proud to call him friend! My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your Sonny.
Cindy and Flip have been our best friends for years. They are two amazing beings. Although we did not know Sonny well, it feels like we did. Over the years, Cindy and Flip would tell stories about what an amazing person he was. Thoughts and prayers going out to the entire family.
Dave & Wanda Wilkes
We're very sorry for your loss. Elmer was always an inspiration to me.
When Randy and I were in the sixth grade, were became best friends..we would ride our skateboards and bikes to his house...I had stayed over a fee times and ate dinner with the Mann's family..Randy's dad was a very important figure to this family..it held it like a rock...he was very kind,friendly and he treated me like a son.i will always will remember his smiles and laughter at the dinner table.May his memories be a blessing...rest in Peace Sir.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family of Mr. Mann. He was a good man. Love to all. ❤️
Faye and Larry Johnson
So sorry..:many memories of Park Street and visits to Bremerton and Groton!Prayers for all the family!
So very sorry. My heart goes out to you all and especially your mom. Prayers for you all
I’m so sorry for your loss - They were a generation of incredible human beings, our condolences go out to you and your family. Next time I am in Kings Bay - I’ll be thinking of your Dad.
CAPT. Elmer H. "Sonny" Mann
Elmer “Sonny” Mann, Captain, United States Navy (Retired) passed away on May 19, 2023 in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Samuel and Virginia Mann. He was also predeceased by his older brother, John Ray Mann of Tennessee and sister, Alma Ruth Cowing of Chester, South Carolina.
Shortly after marrying his hometown sweetheart Barbara, Sonny entered the Navy as an enlisted Seaman Recruit and then progressed through the enlisted ranks to Chief Petty Officer, before being commissioned into the Navy’s officer ranks where he advanced to the rank of Navy Captain. He served in the Navy’s elite Submarine Force during his entire Navy career of 36 years. He was a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power School and associated training, and earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Valdosta State University.
Among his Navy duty assignment, Sonny served in the commissioning crew of the nuclear attack submarine USS HADDO (SSN 604); Chief Engineer, USS TIRANTE (SS420); Engineering Staff, Submarine Squadron 14, Holy Loch, Scotland; Engineering Staff, Submarine Squadron 15, Rota, Spain; Commanding Officer, USS OAKRIDGE; Executive Officer, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia; Executive Officer, Trident Submarine Refit Facility, Bangor, Washington; Chief Staff Officer, Submarine Squadron 14, Holy Loch, Scotland; and, as Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Facility Lower Base, Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT. Sonny and his family traveled to many parts of the world during his Navel Career, and resided in Holy Loch, Scotland and Rota, Spain for a total of eight years, where the Navy operated Nuclear Guided Missile Submarine Squadrons.
During his Navy Career, he was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, up to and including the Presidential Legion of Merit.
Following retirement from the United States Navy, Sonny was employed at, and retired from the U.S. Department of Energy Pantex Plant located in the outlying plains of Amarillo, Texas. At Pantex, he served in several management positions, up to and including Weapons Quality Assurance Department Head. The Pantex Plant is a high security nuclear weapons facility where the Nation’s nuclear weapons are built and retrograded for all branches of the United States military. Following retirement from Pantex, Sonny and his wife Barbara relocated to Fernandina Beach, Florida where he worked in real estate until his complete retirement. Among his community associations were the Nassau County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps; Lions Clubs of Fernandina Beach and Callahan, FL; and the Men’s Newcomers Club.
In addition to his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara, Sonny is survived by four children: son, Samuel Mann of Nashville, TN; daughter, Cindy Holt (Flip) of Ponte Vedra, FL; daughter, Shari Eberspeaker (Dave) of Rock Hill, SC; son, Randy (Joy) of Kingsland, GA; and grandsons, Justin Mann of Raleigh, NC; Thomas Mann of St. Simons Island, GA; Eric Eberspeaker, LT, United States Navy, Norfolk, VA; and Jeffrey Eberspeaker, LTJG, United States Navy, San Diego, CA.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service.
Sonny was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach where he will be laid to rest in a private service, held in the Church’s Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Presbyterian Church, 9 North 6th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 “Youth Programs” or Humane Society of Fernandina Beach, FL.