hugh manley
Hugh H. Manley of Weirton, a retired educator and coach passed away on Monday October 11, 2021, after a recent battle with COVID-19. He was 91. Hugh was born on October 6, 1930 in Weirton, WV, one of four children born to Hugh H. and Theodora Marie Terrell Manley. Hugh graduated from Weir High School in 1949, where he played football for four years and was elected the first President of the Key Club. After Weir High, he played football for four years at West Liberty State College. He served his country in the United States Army. He received his Master’s degree at West Virginia University. In 1957 he met Phyllis Ann Thomas and they were married on November 21, 1958. In their 58 years of marriage, they were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Hugh taught and coached at Brilliant High School and Weir High School. The majority of his career was in the Hancock County School system, where he was a teacher, coach and principal. He retired with over 25 years of service, having coached many future Division 1 college and professional football players. Hugh was a member of Cove Presbyterian Church, where he served as a member of the Session and taught Sunday school. He also was a member of the Brilliant High School Hall of Fame and Weirton AF & AM Weirton Lodge 171. In his retirement years, Hugh enjoyed traveling and he cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Hugh was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Ann Thomas Manley on March 13, 2017; his brother, Vincent known as Keith. He will be remembered with love by his sons Donald and Mark (Josette) Manley; his daughters Ruthann (John) Eckersberg and Suzann (Derek) Stewart; his brother William Manley, his sister Wanda Fiscus, his grandchildren, Jacqueline (Jon) Shafeei, Elizabeth (Christian) Whittle, Ethan and Bryce Manley, John and Adam Eckersberg, Robert (Ann Marie) Busick; and Nichole Felouzis; Sophia Dermargosian; Christian and Liam Stewart; his great-grandchildren Mila, Robby and Stella. Visitation will be 2-4pm and 6-8pm, Friday, October 15 at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be Saturday, October 16 at 10:00am until the time of services at 11:00am at Cove Presbyterian Church at 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, 1720 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes with Hugh”s family at

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  1. Sending our love and shared sorrow at the passing of Mr Manley (Hugh). Your kind heart, wit, and great example will be missed by so many!

  2. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have very good memories of the seven summers I served as his assistant pool manager. He was a true gentleman and a great man to work for.

  3. Don: Sorry to hear about your father. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Pete & Erin Cuffaro

  4. Had Driver’s Education with Mr. Manley, he was brave enough to sit next to all us inexperienced drivers. I also worked for him over two summers at the swimming pool. He taught a strong work ethic. I’m sure he will be missed.

  5. The Manley family has my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. You were fortunate to have had him for so long. Teresa Mrozowski

  6. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the contrite of spirit.Psalms 34:18 May the memory of this great man remain forever in your hearts

  7. Ruthann and Family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  8. Fondest memories of Mr. Manley when he managed Marland Hghts Pool and would let the McCaig and Townsend families swim on Sunday before the pool opened to the public….we had so much fun and he would come up and chat with all of us. My deepest sympathy to the family. Gary and Becky McCaig

  9. What an honor to have known Coach Manley! He was part of those “wonder” years at Weir when athletes and plain ole students respected him. My mother was part of his family, working for him helping his wife and their kids. Coach and I talked often and had lunch during some of my visits to Weirton – He will be truly missed! My deepest condolences to the family! Bob Kelley

  10. From high school to our friendship at Cove Church, Hugh was a wonderful person and a huge Penn State fan! Our sympathy to the family. He is now with Phyllis and may they RIP together.

  11. I am sorry to learn of Hugh’s passing. I was a member of the Weir High Faculty during the time that Hugh was Vice-Principal. I have pleasant memories of our professional relationship. Caroline Gainer

  12. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Hugh H. Manley, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Hugh H. Manley, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  13. Donald, Ruthann, Mark, Suzann, and families, on behalf of the John and Irene Grossi children we extend our deepest sympathy to all of you. The lifelong friendship with your dad began as high school friends, groomsmen in their wedding, colleagues at Weir High. I can still hear your father’s laughter reacting to something silly my father said. May his love and memories be with you always and help you find comfort. John, Tanya, TIm, Teresa, and Tina

  14. Suzann and Family, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We are with you in spirit as you celebrate his life and legacy.

  15. We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Hughs passing. He was a great guy. We miss seeing you all. Our Condolences, Bruce, Lisa, Missy Andrews and children

  16. So sad to hear of Uncle Hugh’s passing. Living “out West,” we didn’t get to know him well, which is our loss. But every time we saw him, Hugh was funny, warm and welcoming. We’d have loved to have him as a coach! John Wooden said, “A good coach can change a game; a great coach can change a life.” We can only imagine all the young lives he touched in his years in sports and education. Don, Mark, Ruthann and Suzanne, you are lucky to have had him as a dad. Our hearts are with you. Hope to see you all soon. With love, Christy, Cindy, David and Sharon Thomas

  17. Hugh, We had so much fun making jewelry under your tutelage. You were so much fun to learn from and you brought a lot of enjoyment to all of us that took your class. I’m glad I asked you to be in session. I pray you and Phyllis are enjoying your time together again. God bless.

  18. To Donald, Mark, Ruthann, Suzanne, and their families. I am very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have such great memories of your dad and mom (and all of you) from those wonderful years living close to “the circle”. Your parents were most kind, and I remember their compassionate words when Todd died. I will keep you in my prayers and celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man. Sincerely, Tim Stoops

  19. So sorry to hear of Uncle Hugh’s passing. My condolences to the family. God bless you all in your time of sorrow. Much love, cousin Dave & Sharon

  20. To the Manley Family… Hugh was an amazing man, husband, dad, grandad, friend…we were blessed to have him as part of our extended family… prayers over you as you walk through this part of journey…💕🙏

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