Joe (Jr) ConnerJuly 21, 1930 ~ December 26, 2016 (age 86)
Joe Conner, Jr., was born to the late Joe Conner, Sr., and Cora Russ Conner on July 21, 1930 in Freeport, Florida. He met and later married the love of his life, Annie Bell Johnson Conner on August 16, 1951. Three children were born to this union, Joe went to rest with our Heavenly Father on December 26, 2016.
He was a dedicated and devoted member of the Greater Saint Joseph African Methodist Episcopal Church in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Whenever the church needed him, he unselfishly traveled from his home in Mary Esther to DeFuniak Springs to attend church meetings, devotional services, and other church activities. He gave of his time willingly, until his health began to deteriorate.
He enlisted in the United States Army on April 10, 1951, and served his country faithfully until August 31, 1980, upon which he received an honorable discharge. His service to this country included tours to Korea, Germany and Vietnam; as well as numerous duly assignments within the United States. Upon retiring from the military, he was a civil service employee with the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) on Eglin Air Force Base for 10 years.
After his second retirement, he devoted more time to his family and his numerous home projects. Joe loved gardening and spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He also loved and cared abut all his family to include: nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Sr., and Cora Conner; brother: Frank Conner; sister: Gloria McKinnon; and oldest son: Michael M. Conner.
Joe leaves to cherish his wonderful memory, his loving wife of 65 years, Annie Bell (Johnson) Conner; children: Annette (Samuel) Williams of Navarre, Florida and Calvin R. (Gail) Conner at Palmyra, VA; three grandchildren: Kendrick S. Williams, Kevin Conner and Derious Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends' co-workers and associates.
Ecclesiastes 3 1-8
King James Version (KJV)
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.