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Frederick Briggs Conner

May 18, 1922 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 95)

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Frederick Briggs Conner, 95, of Greensboro, NC, passed away on November 20, 2017 at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. He was born in Brandon, Vermont on May 18, 1922, to the late Luke Livingston Conner and the late Alice Bartlett Briggs Conner. Mr. Conner was raised on the Conner farm in Chapel Hill and graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1939. He joined the 13th Army Air Corps (Air Force) in 1940, graduated from Radioman’s School in 1941 and served as a Radio Operator in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He met Lillian (“Lil”) May Boehm, the love of his life, on January 17, 1945 in Washington, DC, and married her just eleven weeks later on April 5. Upon discharge from the Army Air Corps, they moved to Chapel Hill to assist his parents in saving the family farm. He worked for the Postal Service for 25 years and, upon his retirement in 1977, he and Lil moved to the mountains of North Carolina where they made lifelong friends through their involvement in the faith community and extensive volunteerism. In 2005, he and Lil moved to Greensboro to be closer to family. They joined West Market Street United Methodist Church where their circle of friends continued to grow. Mr. Conner is survived by his wife, Lil, of 72 years, his children, Frederick Briggs Conner, Jr. (Pat) of Efland, NC, Laura Livingston Conner Weiss of Charlotte, NC, and Carolyn Conner Dingman (Greg) of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren Stephanie Michelle Dingman Keaney (Stephen) of Greensboro, NC, Amanda Leigh Dingman Fonorow (Danny) of Greensboro, NC, Elizabeth Margaret Conner Jones (Todd) of Mebane, NC, and Laura May Conner Doss (Neil) of Efland, NC; great-grandchildren Mary Grace Conner Keaney, Reilly Emerson Keaney, Delainey Tennille Conner Jones, Tucker Josiah Conner Jones, Ruby Jane Aloyse Conner Jones, Shepherd Gabriel Conner Jones, and Archer Patrick Conner Jones; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his oldest child Barbara Alice Conner Kelner and sisters Louise Conner Kidd, Jean Conner deWitt, and Millicent Conner Barnard. A memorial service will be held at West Market Street United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, with Pastor Pam Strader officiating. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the service. The family of Mr. Conner wishes to thank the staff at Greensboro Place Assisted Living and at Carriage House Assisted Living and Memory Care for their kindness, attentive care and for the loving support shown to Lil. Our deep gratitude to the nurses and aides of Beacon Place for their physical and spiritual care, comforting guidance, compassion and gentle hands, and for ensuring a peaceful passing with dignity and grace. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care, 2502 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405; West Market Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 870, Greensboro, NC 27402; or Alzheimer’s Association (

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