Bobby Ray Conner, age 76, of Forest City, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at his residence.

Bobby was born Saturday, June 17, 1944 in Rutherford County to the late Fred Conner and Louise Moore Conner.

In his early years, he worked for Spindale Mill and was named “Super Doffer of the Year” several times. He then went to work for Truck Service of Forest City and was a truck driver for twenty-five years before retirement. Bobby was a car and truck enthusiast and enjoyed yard work. He was dedicated to his family and loved each of them dearly. Bobby served as a past deacon of Adaville Baptist Church and was currently a faithful member of the Element Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Jed Drummond; three sisters and a brother.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of sixty-years, Brenda Lovelace Conner; three sons, Ricky Conner (Michelle) of Forest City, Brian Conner (Debra) of Rutherfordton; Larry Conner (Tammy) of Lake Lure and a daughter, Tracy Murray (Scott) of Rutherfordton; brother, Jimmy Conner (Karen) of Forest City; two special brothers-in-law, Roger Lovelace of Forest City and David Lovelace of Rutherfordton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Christy Willis (Mitch), Kaila Edwards (Caleb), Lauren Orr (Seth), Amber Lail (Josh), Morgan Drummond (Johnathan), Garen Murray (Morgan), Emmi Conner, Joseph Conner and twelve great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the Element Church with Reverend Neil Perry and Reverend Randy Southwick officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to The Element Church, Hope House/Coffee Project, 1071 S. Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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