It Takes a Family to Comfort a Family
Edward E. “Bubby” Conner
Edwin E. “Bubby” Conner, age 83, of Newport News, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, in his home surrounded by family. Ed was born in 1938 in Dundalk, MD. His family relocated to Warwick Village (formally Warwick, VA) in 1939. Ed was a Warwick Farmer and graduated in 1958. Ed started his younger days working at the Village Theater as an usher. His passion for the movies continued throughout his entire life. While being a union electrician at NASA, Ed also worked many, many years at Riverdale Theater part time as an usher, ticket taker, in the movie production room and sometimes even in the concession stand. You may have seen him in one of his many costumes as “Jason” when the next Friday the 13th movie came out. His love for movie actors and their movies was not just a hobby, but a passion. His favorite movie actor must have been John Wayne and a close second of Elvis Presley.
Ed started working as a Pipefitter for the Steamfitters & Pipefitters Union in 1959. In 1959, Ed joined the US Air Force and served our country from 1959-1963. During his service, he was stationed at Langley Air Force Base. In 1962, he was stationed in Orlay, France. Upon leaving the service, he became part of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Ed worked as an electrician for union contractors at NASA, and at the Surry Power Plant from 1963-1999, and retired in 2000.
After retirement, if you did not see Ed at the theater, you may have seen him delivering sandwiches to his NASA colleagues and other small businesses in the area. He loved to cook and loved people. Ed was an avid crossword puzzle worker and loved solitaire. Card games also were a hobby. His family loved to play cards. Throughout the years you could find Ed with his wife and other family members around a card table playing “Peanuts.”
Ed was a member of Deer Park Fellowship in Newport News for four years when he passed. In 1959, Ed became a Charter Member of Deer Park Baptist Church. His legacy of his faith in Jesus Christ started at Parkview Baptist Church as a young man and later with his wife and children. He was Deacon of the Church and was known for his love of children. For many, many years he was the Director of 5th-6th grade Sunday School at Parkview. He was a member of Parkview for 24 years. After Parkview, Ed and Joyce became members of First Baptist Church in Newport News. They were members there for 30 years until they moved their membership to Deer Park Baptist Church in 2018.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Velma Conner, brother, Kenneth Gene Conner, and stepsister Nancy Brooks Davis. He is survived by his wife for 60 years, Joyce L. Conner; daughter, Lori L. Wall (Dan); son, Michael S. Conner (Sanita), Four grandchildren: Lance D. Wall (Katie), Ashlee L. Conner, Luke C. Wall (Logan), and Lance Corporal Michael S. Conner J. (Lindsey).
The family will receive friends at Deer Park Fellowship in Newport News, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.