Francis Odell Conner

February 14, 1952 - November 26, 2008
Francis Odell Conner

Francis Odell Conner, 56, of Wilmington died Wednesday November 26, 2008 at his home.

Big O was born on February 14, 1952 in Bertie County NC. He was Social counselor with Launch Pad a recovering addict program. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his son DG Conner and daughter Renee C. Roberson both of Windsor his mother Jean Rawls and husband Jay ; sister Deborah Wray both of Greensboro. Five grandchildren. his beloved canine Bennie also survives.

The family will be at the home of Wayne and Lori Ray 7124 Orchard Trace Wilmington for a time of remembrance from 7:00 pm until 9:00 PM Thursday November 27, 2008.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M Tuesday December 2, 2008 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church. The family will see friends from 1:00 PM Until service time. The Reverend Trish Archer will conduct the service.

The family would like memorial be directed to Community Hospice Foundation 117 Village Road Leland, NC 28451

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • February 15, 2009
    renee roberson says:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • December 03, 2008
    Rhonda says:
    To POPS: I wish I would have had the courage to stand up & speak yesterday at your service but I just couldn't. Listening to some of the people talk about how amazing you were the last several years of your life was wonderful just wish your children & grandchildren could have shared some of these wonderful things with you. We have always thought you were wonderful & have never been ashamed of you nor can we understand & will never know why. All is forgiven though we will just hold on to all of the years that we did spend with you. Renee, DG, & myself have had a hard time trying to understand your reasons but I guess God chose to make things this way. Wish we could have told you how we felt before God took you. You have been missed very dearly the last several years & will continue being missed forever. Love your stepdaughter "Rhonda"

  • December 05, 2008
    DEBORAH WRAY says:
    TO MY WONDRFUL BORTHER ODELL WE MISSED OUT ON A LOT OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER,BUT YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND AND IN MY THOUGHTS. WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER YOU ALWAYS MADE ME LAUGH JUST FROM SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WOULD SAY. YOU HAD A HEART AS BIG AS TEXAS. YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE HAPPY REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FELT. I STILL SEE YOU SITTING IN THE ROCKING CHAIR WANTING MORE PORKCHOPS AND CREAMED POTOTOES. YOU ALWAYS ENJOYED YOUR FOOD SO MUCH. I WISHED WE COULD HAVE SEEN EACH MORE BUT YOU WILL FOREVER BE IM MY HEART. I KNOW YOU ARE WITH GRANDDADDY PROBABLY GETTING READY TO GO FISHING. YOU ARE AT PEACE NOW, NO LONGER IN PAIN. I LOVE YOU ODELL SO MUCH AND I AM GLAD THAT YOU ARE TRULY HAPPY NOW. YOUR SISTER DEBBIE.

  • December 07, 2008
    Jean Rawls says:
    Odell....how I hated to let you go on the morning the God called you home...HOW I wanted to keep you with me ,but God knows best in all things. Things that we don't understand but just put our trust in God. I know there are people that do not understand the last few years of your life,but I understood and God knew your heart..so what is there not to understand ? I was soooooo proud of you son... I LOVED YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL from the day you were born until the day God called you home. We will miss having you with us Christmas,but you know the love we have in our hearts for you and and we know the love you had for us. We will see you again one day my wonderful son. Loveing you Odell until.......... Mom

  • November 27, 2008
    wayne ray says:
    Odell or Big "O" as he will be fondly remembered came into our lives 3.8 years ago needing help. He parlayed his gratitude for another chance at being a good steward of God's Grace into an inspiring 3 years of Good. Odell extended his influence and personal belief in recovery from addiction by sharing everything he had. He told me of his own Lord and Savior and in his own words "The one true God" and verbalized his hope to live eternally in Heaven one day. I cannot express my gratitude enough for Odell's life and how he helped me so much. There are so many things I was able to accomplish because I trusted Odell to do the day to day work at hand, and he did it with LEGENDARY efficiency and effectiveness. I will miss my dear friend and the connections to the "old country folk way" of doing things. He will never be replaced in our hearts and memories. I know he is now rocking on the big porch in Heaven, knowing that everyone's rent up there has already been paid...