Christopher “Chris” Columbus Conner, born October 14, 1937, entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior on October 30, 2019. Born in Nassau County Florida, he lived in Folkston most of his life. He was very active in the Folkston community and also had a very interesting career path.
Quite the entrepreneur, he owned several businesses through the years, including “The Skillet” (a local burger/breakfast spot), the iconic King and Prince Drive-In restaurant, an interstate battery wholesale distributorship for northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, a furniture store and a florist, and he owned and operated a trucking company in his later years, among other varied ventures. Mr. Conner served as magistrate judge of Charlton County for several years in the early 1990’s. He was an active member of Camp Pinckney Baptist Church in Folkston and also served as a deacon in the past. Chris enjoyed fishing, gardening, tinkering on equipment, riding on his tractor and was a master steak griller.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Charles and Arna Conner; his beloved wife of 63 years, Gayle Aldridge Conner; his sister, Nora B. Taylor; brothers, Horace Conner, Kenneth Conner, and Dwayne Conner; and son, Scott Conner.
Mr. Conner is survived by his daughters, September (Sherwood) Carter and Shannon (Steve) Carter; grandchildren, Autumn (Charles) Harvell, Brandon Carter, Amelia Huntsinger, Derek (Brittany) Carter, and Savannah Conner; and a great-grandson, C.J. Harvell. He also leaves behind a sister, Brenda (Chris) Gowen; a brother, Don Conner; and sister-in-laws, Mae Conner and Cherie Aldridge (Rod) Stearns; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Shepard Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston was in charge of services. Visitation was held Friday, November 1 and the funeral service was held Saturday, November 2 at Camp Pinckney Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Lloyd officiating. Burial was held after the service at Camp Pinckney Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing guest registry at www.shepardfh.com.