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Earl Thomas Conner Sr. / October 11, 2021

Earl Thomas Conner Sr. of Nathalie died in Lynchburg Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. He was born in Halifax County on April 3, 1934 and was 87 years old. He was the son of the late Willis Thomas Conner and the late Minnie Wilborne Conner and was married to Jean Barker Conner who survives. He was a member and former Deacon of Hunting Creek Baptist Church and was a retired Deputy Sheriff with the Halifax County Sheriffs’ Department serving for 33 years. He loved fishing and shooting, was especially fond of wrestling and NASCAR racing. He loved visiting people and never went to bed without reading his Bible.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Jean Barker Conner of the home; one son, Earl Thomas “E.T.” Conner Jr. and wife Deborah of Danville; two sisters, Nancy Conner Owen of Scottsburg and Betty Conner Saunders of Halifax; one grandchild, Earl Thomas “Tommy” Conner III and wife Jamie of Semora, N.C.; and two great grandchildren, Kenzie Merricks and Drake Zaher.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Willis Conner, one sister, Hazel Conner Reid, and a special sister-in-law, Mary Ann Francisco.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Oct.12 at 2 p.m. at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Putt conducting the service.

The family will receive friends at the church cemetery for one hour prior to the service and other times at his home.

For memorials, please consider the Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 4055 Hunting Creek Church Road, Nathalie, VA 24577 or the Earl T. Conner Sr. Scholarship Fund, 420 West Main Street, Danville, 24541.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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