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Robert J. Conner, age 80

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Robert J. Conner, age 80, of Bostic, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017.

Born December 5, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Jay Conner and Myrtle Lane. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Robert served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He retired from the military after twenty-three years of service. Robert also worked for U.S. Postal Service at the Forest City branch for eleven years. He was a faithful member of the Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton and served as a Sunday school teacher and on the communion and kitchen committees. He was a collector of golf balls and jars and enjoyed getting bargains at thrift stores. Robert also loved animals.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Major Conner.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of twenty-five years, Rose Goode Conner; two children, Mandy Conner and Bobby Dallas both of England; three sisters, Marjorie Dobbins and husband, Norris of Rutherfordton, Shirley Whisnant of Bostic and Carolyn Lancaster of Spindale. He is also survived by two grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews which includes Todd Wiles of Ellenboro.

The funeral service was conducted at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Keith Stephenson officiating. Interment followed in Green River Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Community Pet Center, P.O. Box 623, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to the Second Baptist Church; "Prayer Shawl" Committee, 191 Green Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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