McCONNELL, W.Va. — Marvin Ray Conner, of McConnell, beloved husband of Mary Virginia West Conner, has passed on from this life to the next. His light warmed this world for 82 years, from June 17, 1931, until the quiet evening of November 19, 2013, when he slipped away.
Marvin lived his life as an example of love, laughter, compassion, hard work, dedication, and dependability to all who were fortunate enough to know him. From a very young age, he shouldered the responsibilities of an adult, ultimately working as a heavy equipment operator in the West Virginia coal mines until he retired. By the sweat of his brow, he ensured that his family always had everything they needed and wanted. Home and family remained his highest priorities.
He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Army from 1952 to 1954, assigned to the 83rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Armored Division. While at Fort Knox during the Korean Conflict, he was a tank driver, tank training instructor, and was awarded the honor of Soldier of the Day.
Mr. Conner was, and surely remains, a true man of God. He and Mary raised their family in the McConnell Tabernacle, where he served as Sunday School superintendent for 16 years.
A fixture in the community, Marvin is remembered as a fine, generous man, always ready to lend a hand. He could often be found toiling in his garden, repairing an engine, or helping a friend in need. In his leisure time, he enjoyed the simple pleasure of dropping a fishing line in the water.
He is survived and deeply missed by his devoted wife, Mary; his loving children, Alyse Conner (George, Jr.) Nisbet, Louis Joel Conner, and Carole Conner (Marc) Oldroyd; his precious grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Bird, Daniel Vaughan Cox, Seth Joel Cox, and Irelyn Rose Conner; his dear sisters, Ann Conner Miller and Lois Helen Conner (James) Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, Joel Allen Conner and Thelma McColgan Conner; brothers and sisters, Beulah Jean Conner, David Joe Conner, Louis Carlton Conner, Sr., and Peggy Conner Evans; and son-in-law, Bradley Aaron Bird.
Both his visitation and funeral are scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the McConnell Tabernacle in McConnell, with Reverend Orville Syner and Pastor Keith McClung officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., with funeral services immediately following at 1 p.m. Interment with Military Rites will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Pecks Mill.
Serving as pallbearers will be John West, Gary Carter, Wesley Robertson, James Thomas, Bruce Burgess, and Guy Burgess.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Epperhart, Sammy O'Neal, Charlie Santrock, David Burgess, Teddy White, Brian Noe, Dickie Burgess, Don West, Tim Toler, Ken Toler, Steve Toler, Richard Clevenger, and Harlan Podunavac.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the kind and compassionate staff at Trinity Nursing Home of Logan, who made Marvin's final days warm, comfortable, and peaceful.
In lieu of flowers, Mary has requested that friends and family make donations in Marvin's honor to the
or the church of their choice.
For email condolences go to: www.honakerfuneralhome.org.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of Mr. Conner's arrangements.