BECKLEY -- The memorial service for longtime state journalist Charles K. "Charlie" Connor Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha St. The family will receive friends an hour before the service, which will be followed by a reception in the church until 5 p.m.
Connor, 89, a former executive editor of the Charleston Daily Mail and a retired publisher of Beckley Newspapers, died July 21 at his home in Treasure Island, Fla. He began working for the Daily Mail in January 1948, two weeks after his graduation from Marshall University. During his 35-year tenure, he served as a reporter on various beats before becoming editor and later executive editor. He was named publisher of Beckley Newspapers in 1981.
After his retirement from journalism in 1988, he became the first executive director of the Beckley Area Foundation, which he co-founded, and he served the BAF for 10 years. He was a two-time recipient of the Distinguished West Virginian award under two governors and had served as a member of the West Virginia Board of Regents. He was a member of the Beckley Rotary Club and Beckley Presbyterian Church.
Connor is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Nancy McGrew, and 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, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Nancy and Charlie Connor Fund, Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801; or to Suncoast Hospice, 3050 1st Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.