Ben A. Conner, III passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at age 80.
He was born in Mt. Vernon, GA and spent most of his adult life in Savannah as an insurance claims adjuster. He graduated from UGA and was an avid Dawg fan.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years Judy, four children, five grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. A private family ceremony is planned for July 6, 2020.
My brother Ben A was a good hearted man who had the heavy burden of living with severe arthritis for 30+ years. Ben A was not one to complain about the immense pain with which he lived daily. Ben A was loved by his family. He will be missed. Judy— thanks for your unwavering love and support for my brother— he was lucky to have you and your family who he loved and was devoted to. Al
- Al Conner, Chapin, SC
Ben A. and I grew up doing things together. Two years separated us and he allowed me to be his shadow! He was very tolerant of me and my shenanigans when we were young. In our teen years he was my role model and my best friend. I always tried to emulate whatever he did. Ben A. was a very talented and gifted brother. His ear for music and eye for creating oil paintings was a source of pleasure for him and enjoyment for his family. He loved to play the bongo drums and had an exceptional talent for the harmonica. He enthralled us all with his own special renditions of popular folk songs and popular music of the day. His music making was especially entertaining around the barbecue pit during those annual all night singalongs when our extended family celebrated Thanksgiving. The Conner family members cherish those wonderful memories. Ben A., rest in peace my brother. I shall miss you. Franklin
- Lyn and Franklin Conner, St Simons Island, GA
Ben A was my uncle and an important part of our wonderful family legacy. His talents and quiet kind nature will be missed by all who knew him. May God be with all his friends and family as we grieve his passing. Geoff
- Geoff and Jill Conner, Vidalia, Ga
Ben A was the eldest of my uncles and will truly be missed. I think of all the times we would sit around campfires or the Barbecue pit during many of our traditional Thanksgivings out at The Old House playing guitars, singing songs and him playing his harmonica. Those were lifelong memories that I will remember and cherish with him. May God rest his soul and give him piece and no more pain. Ben
- Ben & Tonya Kennedy, Cumming, GA
I only remember cousin Ben A from more than sixty years ago when he visited us in Texas and we shared a bunk bed. I think I had the top bunk! I had forgotten about that until these last few days. All of y'all are in my prayers for God's comfort.
- Charles Franklin, The Woodlands, TX
I remember Ben A as a really good football player and when I was staying with Johnny Broadfoot one summer I dressed up in a football uniform to give his team enough people to practice against. He ran over me. He was good. But he did it with no evil intentions. Just doing his job. I miss my Conner cousin.
- D. Conner Collins, Edison, GA
There are so many wonderful memories of my brother Ben A it is difficult to pick one. He was awesome at building model airplanes. Would always end up with a lot of paint on his hands. He enjoyed cooking pecan pies & I laugh as I visualize the green crust from one he made when the paint transferred from his model building to the crust. He was a sweet loving brother and will miss his quite reserved smiling face, hearing his laugh, playing the harmonica, his love of life & family. He is now pain free. Our prayers have been answered, he is at peace. Love to Judy and his family.
- Vickie Kennedy, Dunwoody, GA. 30338
Thinking of you all Judy, Stacy, Mark, Jim and Melissa. I know there is a hole in your hearts. Thinking of you all.
- LAURIE A KENNEDY, Flowery Branch, GA
- LAURIE A KENNEDY, Flowery Branch, GA
Our thoughts are with the Conner family. We have good memories of the family gathering at Vernonburg for many family reunions.
- Mary Ann and George Godfrey, Savannah, GA
We have lost a great man... he will be missed by many... prayers sent for the family.
- Carol Lowery, Waycross, GA
So very sad to learn of the passing of Ben A. Although I only met him a few times, he was “classic Conner.” Looks, brains and charm are the family common denominators. My heart goes out to all of you. As an Unofficial adoptee of the Kennedy Clan, know that I still kinda kin even though I’m not. Laurie is more than a friend, she is my sister. I digress. Know that all of you are in my prayers and hope the coming months & days will bring you peace.
- Betsy Fletcher , Pisgah Forest , NC
So sorry for your loss.
- Betty Florence, Dahlonega , GA
Many fond memories of our visit to Mount Vernon to visit mama Conner and uncle Ben. As a child the kitchen table and the boys room seemed unique at uncle Ben's. What I remember most about Ben A. was his big smile. My prayers are with the family at this time.
- Andy Collins , Baconton , Georgia
The memories I have of Ben A are a man of kindness, honor and goodness. That's a legacy we who are left behind should remember and try to emulate.
- Britt Franklin , Columbia , Maryland
BEN A was my uncle and the times we had with him playing harmonica and guitar by the fire at old house was priceless he will be missed but no longer in pain all of you are in our prayers Rest in peace BenA .Stephen
- Stephen and Amy Cole, Dalton , Ga
We are praying for all of Uncle Ben A’s family as we mourn his passing and say goodbye. My dad (Robert Conner) spoke highly of his brother and loved him dearly. He would sometimes share memories of his older brother from when they were growing up in Mount Vernon. I didn’t spend much time with Uncle Ben A, but I found him to be a kind man when I was around him at Memommie’s house. I know he is now pain-free and is “catching up” with my dad in Heaven. Love and prayers to the family.
- Jennifer and Ritch Bray, Jefferson, Georgia
Uncle Ben A. was such a kind and gentle soul that will be sorely missed. When you walked into a Conner Family gathering he would welcome you with a great big smile that could light up the room. I am sure that he and Daddy will be cheering on the DAWGS from heaven now! Please give Robert (Dad) and MeMommy a great big hug for us! Until we meet again, GO DAWGS and Rest In Peace!
- Sasser Conner, Bogart, GA
When I heard that Ben A. had died, I became so sad and cried. He was always so kind to me when Robert and I began dating in high school and after we were married. He seemed to be such a gentle soul too. Robert would always tell me stories about him and how handsome he was in high school as well as being a great athlete. Among all these, he was a musician. I shared many Thanksgiving nights at the Old House with us all singing as Ben A. played the harmonica. Those were special memories. My husband, (one of Ben. A's younger brothers) has been dead for 7 and a half years. It is still so hard without him. I was so blessed to marry into the Conner family. Please know I am praying for all the family and love you all! Sincerely, Jean S. Conner. Jefferson, Ga.
- Jean S Conner, Jefferson, GA
I'm so very sorry for the loss of uncle Ben A. I know my father Robert, His parents and Jane were there to greet him at the gates of Heaven. Praying the Lord will grant peace over you all in this time of sorrow. Much love Mary
- Mary Conner Hanson , Bogart, GA
I was so sorry to hear of Ben A’s passing. As Beverly Ann texted, he and my brother, John Coursey, are having a great reunion in heaven. They were fast friends as well as cousins, and it was always the Conner house my family headed for when we were in town... John to see Ben A, and I to see Jane. I idolized those two, and they got big laughs out of playing tricks on a younger sister. They went off to UGA together, and from all accounts had a grand time that first quarter. My condolences to the Conner family as you remember sweet, kind Ben A. -Martha Shepherd Vidalia, GA
- Martha Coursey Shepherd, Vidalia, GA
Sending deepest and sincere sympathies from a distant cousin and friend of Beverly Ann's. Wishing peace and comfort to all of Ben A's family and trusting that family, near and far, are holding on to and supporting each other with fond memories and much gratitude for Ben A's life. He was clearly loved and cherished by many and I share in your grief over his loss. -Thomas B. Conner, III
- Thomas B. Conner III, Nashville, TN
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
- Services Will Be Private