James Conner Jr.

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Sergeant First Class James Conner was one of two sons born to the late James P. Conner and Ora Lee (Conner) Slaughter. He was born on August 25th, 1940 in Demopolis, Alabama. God called him home on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

James who was called JC or Jym by family and friends received his formal education in the Alabama school system. He graduated in 1959 from Parker High School in Birmingham, AL. Following High School James enlisted in the U. S. Army; he served his country for 20 years until retirement in 1979.

James continued his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Madison University in 2003. He excelled at Madison; thus earning Cum Laude recognition. Throughout his professional career he continued to receive numerous awards and accommodations for his outstanding work ethic. He took great pride working as an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor at the Defense Finance Accounting Service, Columbus, Ohio, where he fully retired from working in 2013.

James loved music and often disc jockeyed professionally on the weekends in any city that would allow him to spin his turntables. James loved cars, traveling, fine clothes and expensive jewelry. No matter when or where you saw him he was always sharp. He was a thrifty shopper who knew the value of nice things and was savvy enough to never walk away paying full price.

James leaves to cherish his memory his wife Deloretta of 53 years. Also left to mourn his lost is his devoted older brother Israel (Gladys) of California and six wonderful children: three daughters Regina Conner, of Willingboro NJ, Jhanita Conner, of Pennsauken NJ, and Jamie King, (Heath) of Kaiserslautern, Germany and three sons James A. Conner, of Columbus, Ohio, Stanley Conner, of Indianapolis, IN, Sean Conner Sr., (Jessica) of Indianapolis, IN; three nephews, Richard (Suzette), Rodney, (Sonya) Kenneth, and Michael Sr., who preceded him in death.

Sixteen grandchildren: Seretta, Kareema, Andre (Ty’asia), James (Nadia), David (Nierra), Sean, Tiffany, Jordan, Bria (John), Latasha, Andre, Sean Jr., Jayla, Amesses, Hassan, and Kailah.

Eight Great Grandchildren, Elijah, Paige, Najay, James, Andre, Amir, Chloe, and King, and eight nieces and nephews, Kimberly, Jennifer, Hannah, Mea, and Kendal, Michael Jr., Ashley, Taneesha.

James has a host of cousins, friends and other relatives that mourn is passing.

Sorrowfully Submitted the Family

Private services Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Friday, May 8, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

Online Obituary Donation in memory of James Conner Jr.

Condolence Messages

  1. Melissa Stevens

    May GOD’s Peace and Comfort sustain you. GOD is your Comforter and HE will not leave you comfortless. “Mr. Conner Still Lives.”

    • Ms. Melissa,

      The family greatly appreciates your prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time. We bless God that Daddy has reached glory. Until we all meet again To God be the Glory.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at DFAS and will always remember him for his calm demeanor, his smile and sense of style. Praying God provides strength and comfort to you all during this difficult time. RIP Jim.

    • Paula,

      Thanks so much for your words of kindness. They are and will serve as a great comfort for us as we adjust to the loss of our Dad.

      Thank you again,

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley,Sean and Jamie

  3. Terry & Carmelita Boyer

    With heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father James Conner Jr.
    We are thinking of you, and hope that the memories of your Dad will help comfort, and guide you.
    May God wrap his arms around you, and your entire family, and give you Peace.
    Keeping you in our prayers.
    GOD BLESS

    • Terry and Carmelita,

      We are grateful for your kind words and thoughtfulness during this most difficult time. We appreciate your words of comfort that will continue to sustain us and be a source of strength as we go through.

      To God be the Glory. HE is still worthy of our praise.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  4. Heath, Amesses, Hassan and Kailah

    I hope these comforting words will help quiet your minds, soothe your hearts and ease your souls. We are here for you whenever you need us and wishing you peace and brighter days to come.

    • Hey Family,

      Thank you we love you. Thanks for your continued love and support

      Thank you

      Daddy’s Six

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Love you,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Mommy (smile)

  5. My sincere condolences to the Family. James was a great friend whom I could trust without question! He will be definitely missed!

    • Bennie,

      There is nothing better than a trusted friend. We are thankful that Daddy was that person for you. The family greatly appreciates your thoughtfulness. As Christ will for us, He will for you fill the void of losing your friend.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  6. Patricia Ricketts

    To the Conner Family! Sending my condolences and lifting your family up in my prayers. Love Patricia-Philadelphia

    • Ms. Patricia,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness during this time of extreme loss. We are encouraged and grateful for the prayers being lifted on our behalf.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  7. To my best friend James AKA JC I wish I could have been there in person to comfort you in your time of need. You know that I am always with you regardless and I would have been there if circumstances would have allowed me to be. I love you and as soon the situation will allow me I will be there God willing. My condolence to your family and I love you. Kimmie

  8. To Regina Conner I love you and wish that I could be there for you in your time of need. May God give you peace once you sit down and take a moment for yourself. I will always have much love and respect for you especially the way you stepped in and took care of your dad. Peace and blessings always love Kim

    • Hi Kim,

      We the family are so grateful for your thoughtfulness, kindness and willingness to help during this most difficult time during Daddy’s illness. Just knowing you had the heart and desire to help is a comfort to each of us. Thank you so very much.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  9. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief . Rest In Peace Mr. Conner .

    • Ms. Amina,

      The family sends a heart felt thanks to you, for your words of comfort during this most difficult time. You are greatly appreciated.

      God Bless you and thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  10. Shawna Lyn Conner-Brown

    Sending the most heartfelt condolences to my siblings. OUR father was a great man, they had him all of their lives to my having him for only two years. My memories for the last two years are plenty and abundant.

    Some may feel they loved him harder than the next but WE ALL LOVE him as any child should love their father.
    I LOVE AND MISS YOU DADDY. Thank you for the small amount of time that we had together. That time means the world to me. I wish that I was able to attend the services today but was unable to.
    Shawna Lyn Conner-Brown

  11. May God bless your family and give them the desires of their heart. I thank you for the 26 years of friendship, you taught me finances and I taught you to cook. We rode motorcycles and bikes around the beach with my daughter. We visited your sweet mother, Mrs. Ora Conner and went shopping every month and then you were gone to Ohio. I thank you for all the fun, laughter, concerts, shopping and talks. I will never forget your kindness, intellect and how you helped me.

    • Jean,

      It is such a blessing to hear how Daddy impacted the lives of others. We are thankful that you took the time to share with us the great times you both had. He kept his inner circle close; very close sharing our grand mom with you was major. We are sure that he felt the same about you.

      Again the family thanks you for your reflection and thoughtful words

      God bless and keep you.

      Sincerely,
      Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean and Jamie

  12. THANK YOU

    With grateful hearts we thank each of you,

    The family greatly appreciates your prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time. We bless God that Daddy has reached glory. Until we all meet again To God be the Glory.

    God Bless you and thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Regina, James, Jhanita, Stanley, Sean, and Jamie

  13. To the Connor Family,

    My condolences are extended to you all during this difficult time. I am so saddened to hear about his passing. I watched the beautiful service online, and I wish I could have been there to say farewell. I met him through a very close friendship that I shared with his daughter Jamie. Jamie was my best friend and Mr. Connor became like a father to me since I spent so much time over his house back in the day. He introduced me to his famous S.O.S meal (is what he called it) basically sausage and gravy, but it was soooo good! I will cherish the memories of him and being able to be a part of his life. My prayers and love go out to Jamie and the rest of his family and friends. May God be with you all and may Mr. Connor “Rest In Peace”. God Bless.

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