Charles Joseph ‘Chuck’ Mannix, IBM sales manager and competitive shooter, dies

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Charles Joseph “Chuck” Mannix, a retired IBM sales manager and expert trap shooter, died following heart surgery April 11 at the Wayne Center, a senior living community in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The former Bolton Hill and Eastern Shore resident was 79.

“He excelled at everything he put his mind to and was considered by many as larger than life for his booming personality and vast intellect,” said his daughter, Anne Elliott Brown.


Born in Washington, D.C, and raised in Bethesda, he was the son of Charles Joseph Mannix, a salesman, and Willa Theresa Frost, a nurse.

Charles Joseph ‘Chuck’ Mannix enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Mr. Mannix was a 1961 graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington and studied history at University of Maryland, where during his senior year he was president of the Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity.


“His favorite person in history was Winston Churchill, whom he somewhat resembled and quoted often,” said his daughter.

Mr. Mannix started his sales career at IBM in Baltimore and lived on Park Avenue in Bolton Hill.

“He could sell anything to anyone, and for 26 years straight, he made the 100 Percent Club, his sales goals, in IBM’s sales department,” his daughter said.

He sold computer supplies and later worked at CompuCom Systems, and Lexmark and Brooks Consulting.

Mr. Mannix studied with camera manufacturer Nikon in New York City and took up photography in the late 1970s, winning awards for his work in Washington competitions, and became a professional photographer for IBM while continuing to work in sales.

Mr. Mannix blended his interests in hunting and photography by getting his stories and images of hunts published in Sportsman’s Magazine. He began hunting with family members on farms they owned in Galax, Virginia, during his teen years.

“Chuck genuinely enjoyed talking to people and made friends everywhere he went and often kept them throughout his life,” said his daughter. “He was very well read and always had a story or interesting fact to tell you on just about any topic.”

Mr. Mannix loved guns and hunting. He bought his first house on Kent Island and built a duck blind overlooking the water in the front yard.


He put his encyclopedic knowledge of guns to use by getting a federal firearms license and establishing a business buying and selling guns.

He traveled around the world for bird and game hunts. He displayed a 1992 trophy in his basement that marked his status as national champion in the U.S. live pigeon shooting competition.

Mr. Mannix was also a sporting clay (trap shooting) and five-stand shooter who placed first in the Pennsylvania State Championship Side-by-Side Shooting Class A competition. He won numerous awards at regional sporting clay events.

“He was an accomplished recreational shooter,” said Gary Phillips, a friend and British sporting clay champion.

Mr. Mannix used a Perazzi 12-guage shotgun for competitive events.

“If you had a shotgun or question, his knowledge was unbelievable. He was always willing to help and if it was a difficult question, he could keep you on the phone for an hour,” said Mr. Phillips.


He was an active member of the Delaware County Field & Stream Association in Pennsylvania and the Quinton Sportsmen’s Club in New Jersey.

Mr. Mannix formerly belonged to the Vintagers Order of Edwardian Gunners, where he combined his love of history and shooting and wrote and recited a poem for one the organization’s events.

“He fully embraced the dress requirements for shoots in Scotland,” his daughter said referring to traditional shooting attire. “He wore the heavy tweeds when required.”

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Mr. Mannix, who owned homes in Cambridge and Ocean Pines, enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. He owned a series of boats and was proud of restoring a wooden Herreshoff racer, which was struck by lightning while moored in Annapolis.

He liked to wager and read up on the poker’s mathematical probabilities and the psychology of playing the game.

“It was a way of mastering something that interested him,” said his daughter. “He had a bit of a Midas touch.”


He became an accomplished card player who attracted crowds watching him play blackjack at casinos in the Netherlands and South Africa.

“My father enjoyed theater and country music, but considered classical music concerts an expensive nap,” his daughter said.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Anne Van Derveer, an executive assistant; a daughter, Anne Elliott Brown of Lutherville; a son, Christopher John Mannix of Chester; and a sister, Charlotte Moran of Bethesda. His previous marriage to Rawle Meyer ended in divorce.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 11 at St. Katherine of Siena Catholic Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania.