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Family presented flag from Robert Hurt

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt recently presented family members of the late Fulton Carrington Conner with a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol Sept. 13 in memory of Conner’s service to Halifax County and to the United States Navy.

The flag was presented to Conner’s wife, Bernice, and sons Steve and Mike.

“As I reflect back on this year, I am reminded of the great losses that our district has suffered including your husband, Fulton. I am very grateful to him for his service to not only Halifax County as a member of the board of supervisors but also as a member of the Armed Forces,” Hurt said in a letter to Conner’s wife, Bernice.

Conner, who passed away on Sept. 10 at the age of 89 was a 17-year former veteran and member of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

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.

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.

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.

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.