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Kannon Isham Manis, age 22, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Newcastle, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 12, 2016. He was born on October 6, 1994 in Oklahoma City. He was the oldest child of four children born to Dustin Keith Manis and Mischelle Christian (Sims) Manis. Kannon grew up in the Newcastle, Blanchard and Bridgecreek communities. He graduated in 2012 from the Central Oklahoma Alliance of Christian Home Schools.
Kannon loved his sister and brothers very much and had a special relationship with each of them. He was their protector, mentor, coach, and friend. Kannon placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a young child and held to those beliefs until he met the Lord face to face on Saturday.
Kannon was the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructor at Pride Mixed Martial Arts in Edmond. Kannon began his journey in Martial Arts at the age of five and earned his first Black Belt at 11 years old. He continued learning, training, teaching and competing throughout his life. During this time, he achieved numerous degrees, won numerous competitions and held many titles. Kannon was a two time World Muay Thai Champion and a National Muay Thai Champion. He was a Full Instructor under Warrior's Way International, an Apprentice Instructor under Sayoc Kali, and the highest ranking Black Belt at Pride Mixed Martial Arts under Guro Jason Epps.
Kannon's nickname was Monkey and hundreds of children knew him only as Coach Monkey. He was loved, adored, and respected by his students, his Instructors, his friends, and his family.
Those he loved, he loved deeply.
Despite his many accomplishments, he struggled to rest and find peace. Those things elude him no longer. Kannon will be missed greatly.
He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Isham Manis, Gladys Langford, Jack and Evelyn Sterett, Dolph and Jewel Sims and June Mabry, and a cousin, Shephard Johnston.
Kannon is survived by his parents, Dustin and Mischelle Manis of Newcastle; sister, Katherine Manis of Stillwater; two brothers, Koal Manis and Jack Manis of Newcastle; paternal grandparents, Ben and Linda Manis of Newcastle, maternal grandparents, Charles and Jeanette Sims of Oklahoma City, God parents, Jason and Melissa Epps of Edmond; aunts and uncles, Darin and Susan Manis of Breckenridge, Colo., Jason and Chandra Grisham of Yukon, Okla., manyy great aunts and uncles, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 17, at the First Baptist Church in Newcastle. Interment will be at the Newcastle Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials may be sent to the Kannon Manis Scholarship Fund at Pride Mixed Martial Arts. The scholarships will allow disadvantaged kids to train at Pride. Please make checks payable to Pride MMA, note Kannon Manis Scholarship Fund, and send to P.O. Box 6864, Edmond, OK 73083. Arrangements are by Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Newcastle. Send online condolences @wilsonlittle.com
Published on November 15, 2016
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