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Ernest W. Conner, 1948-1998

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Dr. Ernest W. Conner, at a young age, dedicated his life to God. He wanted to give to everyone what he had, which was peace in the Lord Jesus.

In April 1992, he returned home to live with his mother, Alice S. Conner. He had multiple sclerosis, which caused him to need assistance to eat, drink and talk on the phone. It even affected his sight.

Even though he was bedridden, he would always find the strength to listen and give words of encouragement to those in need.

Everyone was influenced by his acceptance of his condition because he did not let it stop him from spending hours, by speaker phone, discussing with others the Bible.

People came thinking they would console him in his time of need, but would find that he would be the one that lifted their spirit instead.

He remained faithful to Jesus’ teachings and felt Jesus was guiding and leading him. God had a special place in his heart, and he shared it with everyone he met.

Throughout his ministry and even in this time of trial he continued to be faithful to Jesus’ teachings and to spread the message of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins and through Jesus everyone can come to the Father.

Dr. Conner received his Master of Divinity in 1977, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1984.

He was appointed to the North Mecklenburg Charge in Farmville for five years. There he served five churches. For three years he was the district children’s coordinator, 1977-1979, and also the district minister’s vice president in 1978-1979. He was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1981. He was appointed to Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatham, Virginia. From there he was appointed to the Christ United Methodist Church in Chincoteague, Virginia.

Services were held at St. John’s in Halifax, Virginia, with the Rev. Les Goode, the Rev. Dewitt Loomis, and Mr. Wayne Hart conducting the services.

— Mary Ann Campbell



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