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Thomas Russell Conner / May 03, 2018

Thomas Russell Conner died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the age of 97. Born in Warren County, N.C., on Sept 27, 1920, he was the son of the late Willie Russell Conner and the late Mattie Lynch Conner and was married to Estelle “Frances” Hazelwood Conner.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII where he fought battles in Italy, France, Germany and Austria. His battalion, 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, was among the only ones to serve in all of the major battles. Following his discharge from the military, he worked with Virginia Dairy for more than twenty years. He was a member of North Fork Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Estelle “Frances” Conner, he is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral will be conducted Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at North Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Ballew officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond with military honors.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 3 at North Fork Baptist Church from 6-8 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at

The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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