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W.Va. newsman Connor dies at 89

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Longtime West Virginia newsman Charles K. Connor Jr., 89, died Sunday in Treasure Island, Fla., according to an obituary provided by Connor's family.

Connor, retired publisher of Beckley Newspapers, grew up in Huntington and graduated from Marshall University. He served on the Marshall University Board of Advisors and later on the statewide Board of Regents. He is a member of Marshall's W. Page Pitt's School of Journalism Hall of Fame, according to the obituary. He also received the West Virginia Press Association Premier Journalist award.

Connor ended 40 years of professional journalism after the sale of Beckley Newspapers in 1987. He had come to Beckley as publisher in 1981 after 34 years in Charleston. He also served as Time Magazine's West Virginia reporter.

Connor was proclaimed a Distinguished West Virginian by two different governors -- Republican Gov. Arch Moore and Democratic Gov. Gaston Caperton.

He also served as a staff sergeant with the Army signal Corps in North Africa during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy McGrew Connor, and his four children: Charles Michael Connor of El Dorado, Calif.; Carolyn Monday of Stafford, Va.; Amy Connor of San Diego, Calif.; and Marsha Bescos of Los Angeles. Connor had 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No memorial service has been set. Donations may be made to the Nancy and Charlie Connor Fund, Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801 or Suncoast Hospice, 3050 1st Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

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