Billy Conner


Billy Walter Conner, known to his family and friends as Bill, 90 of Madisonville, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Madisonville. A celebration of Bill’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Midway Church of Christ, with Lanier Stevens officiating. A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service.

Bill was born on Oct. 18, 1925, in Bennington, Okla., to Walter Clyde and Ina Rae (Coe) Conner Cox. He graduated from Bennington High School, took courses at Texas A&M University, and served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bill worked for Phillips Petroleum and retired after 34 years working in Oklahoma, Texas and Norway. Upon retirement, he worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 10 years and was the owner of Bill Conner Insurance Agency for 20 years. Bill was active with the Midway Church of Christ, the Midway 4-H Club, the Madison County Fair and the Republican Party. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, bird watching and a mean game of “42.”

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 48 years and mother of his children, Dovie Ann Jones Conner; his brother, Patrick Conner; his sister, Jimmie Mason; and his grandson, B.J. Zachary, who died while serving the state of Texas as a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Bill is survived by his wife of 16 years, Marie York Forehand Conner, of Madisonville; his daughter, April Zachary, and her husband, Lonnie, of Madisonville; his daughter, Candice Conner, of Dallas; his son, Jack Conner, and his wife, Lilly, of Coppell; his grandchildren, Caitlin Conner, Conner Zachary, Callie Conner, Cameron Conner and Cade Conner; his granddaughter-in-law, Tara Zachary Pack, and her husband, Thomas, of College Station; his great-grandchildren, Zoe Zachary, Rai Pack and Ian Pack; his brother-in-law, Jack Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Bill is also survived by Marie’s family — Jennifer Dean and her husband, Jason, of Georgetown; Holly Milam and sons, Quinton and Noah, of Fort Worth; Casey Kirkpatrick of Cleburne; Morgan Ford and her husband, Nate and children Deontry, Nevaeh and Nathaniel of Conroe; and Matthew Krupicka and sons Chase and Aaron of Houston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Midway Church of Christ, P.O. Box 216, Midway, TX 75852, or to a charity of choice.

Day Funeral Home of Madisonville is handling arrangements.