BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!
CDR Lawrence O. (Larry) Conner, USN Ret., 83, of Virginia Beach went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2014. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 26th 1931 to the late Dewey and Agnes Conner. Larry was married to Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Quinn for fifty nine years. He was predeceased by his brother, Dewey Conner. Larry was a career Naval Aviator serving twenty three years before retiring in 1977. From 1995 to 2010 he enjoyed a second career being a substitute teacher at Cox High School. Naval aviation and working with our youth were two of his greatest passions.
Larry is survived by his wife, 3 sons; Larry Jr (Sarah) of Virginia Beach, VA, Kevin of Williamsburg, VA, Paul (Charlotte) of Bealeton, VA. 4 grandchildren; Lindsey, Elisabeth, Sara, Stacey; his brother Mike (Gale) Conner of Lilburn, Georgia; extended family Daphne Oliver, Jesse (Monica) Murrell, Susan Conner, Katie O’Rourke, Tracy (Leif) Mollo, Jennifer (Paul) King, Larry Sullivan.
Larry received his BS in Industrial Management from Auburn University and his commission in the United States Navy as an Ensign in December 1954. In June of 1956 he earned his Navy Wings. The FJ-4B Fury and the A-3D Sky Warrior were his two favorite aircraft. During his Navy career he served with the following commands:
VA22/VF63 Squadrons (Alameda)
CIC – Combat Information Center (Brunswick)
VAP-62 – Heavy Photographic Squadron (Jacksonville)
VQ2 – Fleet Air Reconnaissance (Rota Spain/Vietnam VQ1)
COMFEWSG – Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (Norfolk)
JSC (Joint Staff Command)(Weisbaden)
JINTACS (Joint Interoperability of Tactical Command and Control Systems)(Dam Neck)
Final tour of duty in Intel and IT stationed at the Pentagon
Outside of his Navy career Larry was always very active working and volunteering in many areas:
Covered High School sports for the Atlanta Constitution
Ran Cross Country for the University of Georgia at Atlanta
Sports Editor for the Auburn Plainsmen, Auburn University
Worked with DoD consultant firms (PRC, INCO, API)
Substitute teacher at Cox High School for fifteen years
Officiated at the polls on election days
Flew Lear jets with Flight International
Taught Sunday School classes for teens
Led youth groups
Coached sports in Football, baseball, and softball
Contact Crisis Hot Line
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Baylake United Methodist Church, 4300 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach at 10 am on Saturday Oct 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s memory to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater at 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462, Olive Branch International at PO Box 748, Norfolk, Va. 23501-0748 or a charity of your choice. Family and friends are invited to share memories and condolences via the “Condolences and Tributes” tab.
CDR Lawrence Conner, USN
BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!