Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at First Baptist Church for Clarence Carrol Connor of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Connor, 85, died Friday, September 14, 2018 at his home with his wife, Joyce, and son, Kevin by his side.
Pastor and friend, Rick Sullivan will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jamie Smith, Phillip Baumgardner, John Wilson, Neal Dungan, Donald Dungan, and Richard Haldeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Lowell Irby, and Tom Brown.
Clarence was born January 26, 1933, the son of Clarence Connor, Sr. and Wilma (Berry) Connor, in Artesia.
On March 7, 1953 he was married to Ms. Joyce Anthis in Artesia.
Clarence was a life-long Artesia resident minus the two years he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He joined the U.S. Navy but was drafted in 1953. The Army won out and his service was spent in that branch. He served honorably and was released in 1955 spending the last year of his military service in Germany.
Clarence trained and worked as a master Electrician for his father at Connor Electric Co. for a number of years before starting and successfully operating Connor Electric and Refrigeration for some 20 years. Shortly after retiring he then became a State Electrician Inspector. He covered over half the state of New Mexico for 17 years and was respected and sought after for his knowledge and expertise before his retirement. He was an ordained Elder of the First Christian Church, a member of the First Baptist Church, Artesia Elks Lodge. In his younger years, Clarence was a volunteer fire fighter in Artesia and for over 10 years served as a first responder whenever called upon.
Clarence loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved to travel with his wife of 65 years. He was a friend to many, support to many more. He was courageous, loyal, steadfast and true. He will be missed desperately.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Craig Caldwell Connor; and a brother James W. "Jimmy" Connor.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Connor of the family home; son Kevin Connor and wife Donnita of Artesia; sister Annette Franklin of Navajo Dam, N.M.; and grandson Clarence Michael Cody Connor of Artesia.
I’m am so sad to hear about Clarence passing. I owe a lot to Clarence for helping me when I started with the state. He was a good friend .
We just found out about it. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family from Karen and I.
Ronnie KillgoreCarlsbad, NM
To Joyce and family,
So many great times we shared together. I count it all joy to have been brought up in such an amazing group of friends. Clarence was such a kind loving Christian man doing right by everyone that came into his path. Oh yes, greatly missed he will be until we all meet him in that house
Not made with
Hands eternal in heaven
Royce and Robbie PearsonArtesia, NM
Tawny BakerOdessa, TX
Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. Clarence was a great guy & will be greatly missed.
LaRue PinsonArtesia, NM
Joyce & Family - We are sorry to learn of the passing of Clarence. He was such a special person! We loved traveling with you both and hearing and keeping up with your family. He will be greatly missed. What fond memories we have of you both! We send our love & sympathy. Bob & Helen
Bob & Helen FreerColo. Spgs, CO, NM
Our dearest Joyce, We are sending our deepest sympathy and many loving thoughts to you and your family.We will always cherish our fun times and many memories with Clarence. Love Always, Marion & Donald
Marion & Donald LewisSanta Fe, NM
My dear aunt Joyce. We will miss uncle Clarence and we love you and the family. I am not well to come see you but my prayers are with you and I miss you
Sherrie Dungan followillMay, TX
Joyce, we were sorry to learn of Clarence's passing. He was such a good man. Our love to you and your family.
George and Susan HolmesAlto, NM
Joyce and Kevin and Donnita, my deepest condolences for your loss, keeping you all in my prayers, sending you a heartfelt hug. May he rest in peace. God's blessing!! 🙏🙏🙏
Norma MirandaArtesia, NM
I have such fond memories of Clarence. He and Joyce were our sponsors for the Christian Youth Fellowshipwhen I was in junior high and high school. I was just reminiscing tis week about Jouce and Clarence.
Prayers for your loss.. I know you have so many fond memories to reflect upon.
Barbara Price nee Cotmer
Barbara PriceSedalia, CO