MOUNT HOLLY - Robert Irenus Connell Sr., 85, of 896 South Main St., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Mr. Connell was a loving Christian husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Dr. Earl Ware Connell and Helen Eugene Lineberger Connell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lou Craig Connell; and a sister, Elizabeth Anne Browne. He was a graduate from Mount Holly High School, Belmont Abbey College and Georgia Tech University. Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, he was an architectural engineer with Sinclair Refining Co. Mr. Connell was an architect and was involved in designing numerous commercial buildings in the Southeast including the Methodist Home in Charlotte and the Abbey Plaza shopping Center in Belmont. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served as a radarman second class. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as head teller. He was a member of the former Mount Holly Civitan Club and a member of the Boy Scouts of America from age 12-85. He was a Scout Master in Mount Holly and was a Silver Beaver recipient and Wood Badge Course director. He was a member of the Mount Holly VFW Post, where he has served as post commander for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Gaston and Mount Holly Historical Societies. He was an entrepreneur, starting his own business, Concraft, in 1976 until present. He is survived by four children, Linda C. Frazer and husband Hugh Thomas of Burgaw, Robert I. Connell Jr. "Rick" and wife Missy of Mount Holly, James L. Connell and wife Teresa of Mount Holly, and Julia C. Paul and husband Jeffrey of Lumberton; 10 grandchildren, Hugh T. Frazer Jr. and wife Nicole of Durham, Carrie D. Frazer and Robert C. Frazer both of Wilmington, Robert W. Connell and wife Jessie, Leigh Anne Connell, Craig C. Connell, all of Mount Holly, James L. Connell Jr. of Charlotte, John M. Connell and wife Sarah of Cramerton, Doris K. Paul and Charles C. Paul, both of Lumberton; and two great-granddaughters, Nola Jane Connell and Sadie Grace Connell. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Connell will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Angela Pleasants, the Rev. Mitch Murrow, and the Rev. Jerianne Pyles officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery in Mount Holly. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main St., Mount Holly, NC 28120. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Fayetteville Observer on November 2, 2012