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Former Halifax County supervisor dies at age 89

A 17-year former veteran member of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors died Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.

Fulton Carrington Conner of Nathalie was 89.

Conservative and soft-spoken, Conner was first elected to the board of supervisors in 1979. During his 17 years on the board, he served as a member of the finance, policy and personnel and the building and grounds committees.

He was known as a man with a reputation for working without fanfare who worked hard behind the scenes to get things done.

One county project Conner will long be remembered for is “the Clover plan,” an improved telephone system for the Clover community inaugurated in the late 1980s.

As a member of the board’s finance committee, Conner also worked to set in place and plan the financing for the drug task force. The committee’s plan was supported by the entire board in the late 1980s as the community took action in fighting the drug trade here.

Working as a member of the Southside Planning District Commission and as commission chairman in the late 1980s, Conner was successful in securing grants and loans for a number of major town, city and county projects including water and sewer infrastructure and industrial development.

Conner’s record also included service on Virginia Association of Counties Legislative Finance Committee where he assisted in formulating tax and financial packages to present to the legislature.

In addition to his work with the board of supervisors, Conner maintained a solid record of community service and worked as a member of Halifax Community Action, Inc. 

He served as a founding member and as the first president of the Triangle Volunteer Fire Department and was active in Providence Presbyterian Church where he served as Sunday school superintendent for 28 years, an elder and a Sunday school teacher.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of Crystal Hill Kerns Memorial Masonic Lodge #143 and Mount Laurel Ruritan Club.

The World War II veteran also served as a fire commission member and a member of the Halifax Vocational Foundation.

As a member of the regional Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, he spent much of his time advocating for “in-house care” for the elderly and disabled.

In addition to the vast experience in a wide range of community projects, Conner brought what he called a “realist” attitude to his work as he tackled community and regional problems.

Conner is survived by his wife, Bernice Morjorie Covington Conner of Nathalie; two sons, Steve Conner and wife Faye of Nathalie and Mike Conner and wife Diana of Nathalie; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dib Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.