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James T. Connor

James T. Connor, 81, of Vandalia died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Second Missionary Baptist Church Worship Center in Vandalia. The Rev. Jermareian Gillette officiated. Burial was in Vandalia Cemetery following the service.

Visitation celebrating James T. Connor was held from noon until time of service Tuesday at the Sec-ond Missionary Baptist Church Worship Center.

James was born July 16, 1938, in High Hill, the son of Theodore J. and Mary Ruth Wilson Connor.

Survivors include two daughters, Jamesella Connor and Jeffery Tubbs of Columbia and Sharon E. Connor of Columbia; two brothers, Louis Connor and wife, Wanda of Vandalia and Vincent Connor of Louisiana; four sisters, Geneva Ferguson of Vandalia, Violet Lee and husband, Samuel of Vandalia, Shirley Connor Pearl of Mexico, and Mary Wilson of Edmond, Okla.; four grandchildren, Zachary Connor, Bianca Con-nor, Gabrielle Pearl, and Jamon Galbreath; great-grandchildren, Kimora, Payton, Ka’Mero, Abrielle and Sergio along with a host of nieces, nephews and lots of other loved family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruth Johnson, Lucy Connor and Joyce Connor; one brother, Paul Connor; one niece, Sharon Connor; one nephew, Greg Connor; two great-nieces, Alexis Long and LaTamara Hammers; and one great-great-nephew, Chandler Alesandro Thomas.

James was Baptist by faith and a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church Wellsville.

He was employed with National Garment for 33 years then went on to working for Stark Bros Nurseries for 25 years.

He loved hunting, fishing, picking greens and blueberry’s, listening to the news with his son in law and enjoyed listening to gospel music. James was a hard working man who devoted his life to raising his daughters teaching them everything about respect, love and family. There are countless stories that could be told from anyone who knew James showing how much he loved to laugh and have fun. James was loved by everyone who knew him and will be missed dearly.

Pallbearers were Ronald Greene, William Wheeler, James Wheeler, Roger Chatman, Jeffrey Tubbs, and Joe Long. Honorary pallbearers were Theodore Connor, Louie Con-nor, Sam Chatman, and Donnell Perkins.

James had a huge passion for children and loved them all, he al-ways supported the Feed The Chil-dren program and the family would request all Memorial contributions may be made to Feed The Children, 333 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, 1-800-627-4556;

Online condolences may be made to the family on James’s memorial page at

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