Charles Carter “Red” Conner

Charles Carter “Red” Conner, 90, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born August 29, 1928 in Daisetta, to his late parents, Charles Cole Conner and Margaret Ruth Long Conner.

Red was a “simple man”. He was a member of Dayton First Assembly of God Church and a resident of Dayton since 1967, was a US Navy Veteran of World War II and a retired oil field pumper from Getty Oil after many years of faithful service. His enjoyments in life came first from his family and also from hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Charles David “Chuck” Conner, Thomas John “Tommy” Conner and Cheryl Lynn Conner Nugent and a granddaughter, Shannon Oleta “Heaven” Padgett.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Willie Conner; children, Ethel Hiriart and her husband, Sid, Jo Ann Gilliland and her husband, Mike and Richard Conner; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Carlton Marcus Conner; special niece, Amy Phillips and her husband, Edgar; special cousin, Billy Long and his wife Sarah and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Dayton First Assembly of God Church with a service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Brother Charles Pierce, Brother Rich Cope and Brother Robert Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Daisetta.

Pallbearers will be Andy Hiriart, Brandon Conner, Bradley Conner, Bryan Fisher, Charles Gilliland, Colby Conner and Conner Gilliland. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Gilliland and Sid Hiriart.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, 1304 N. Cleveland, Dayton, Texas 77535, 936-258-5300.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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