CONNOR, Charles K. Jr. 89, retired publisher of Beckley Newspapers, died July 21, 2013, in Treasure Island. Connor and his wife Nancy, grew up in Huntington, WV, lived in Charleston and Beckley, WV, and spent their retirement years in Florida. A dedicated newspaperman since the age of 10, when he established his own neighborhood newspaper in Huntington, Connor started his professional career at the Charleston Daily Mail as a cub reporter. He covered all beats as a columnist, rising to become the paper's managing editor, and later executive editor, before moving to Beckley as publisher of its newspapers, the morning Post-Herald and the evening Raleigh Register. After his retirement in 1988, Connor was one of 10 organizers of the Beckley Area Foundation, serving as its first executive director. In 1990, his community service won him the "Spirit of Beckley" award. He was a member of the Beckley Rotary Club and Beckley Presbyterian Church. Twice Connor was proclaimed a Distinguished West Virginian by Republican Gov. Arch Moore and Democratic Gov. Gaston Caperton. As a journalist, he was one of the first Marshall graduates to be elected to the W. Page Pitt's School of Journalism Hall of Fame. Later he was honored by the West Virginia Press Assn. with its "Premier Journalist" award. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy McGrew Connor of Treasure Island; and his four children, Charles Michael Connor of El Dorado, CA, Carolyn Monday of Stafford, VA, Amy Connor of San Diego, CA, and Marsha Bescos of Los Angeles, CA. He had ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests any gifts be directed to Suncoast Hospice (http://www.thehospice.org/Donate).
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 23, 2013