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Hugh Reece Conner


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Hughie Reece Conner, age 92, of Ratcliff, passed away at his home doing what he loved, Sunday, November 3, 2019. He  was born August 13, 1927 in the Plain Community  to parents William Reece Conner and Elizabeth Ava Patton Conner. Hugh Reece retired from the US Forestry Service and was a lifelong farmer, rancher and logger.

Hugh Reece is survived by daughters, Helen Warren, Audrey McKinney; grandsons, Jimmy McKinney and wife, Ragina, Michael McKinney; granddaughter, Angelia Finley and husband, Anthony; great-grandchildren, Taylor Warren, Ryan Finley, Dylan Finley, Conner McKinney, Kendall McKinney, Cooper McKinney; great-great-grandchildren, Bennett, Max, and Willow; companion, Mavis Evans; and brother, Bob Conner and wife, Gay. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mae Conner; parents, Reece and Ava Conner; son, Hugh “Bub” Conner; grandson, William Warren; son-in-law, Preston Warren; sister, Kate Fowler; brothers, S. P. Conner and Fred Conner.

Funeral services for Hughie Reece Conner will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment to follow in Conner Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Conner Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 148, Ratcliff, TX 75858.

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  1. You were a amazing grandfather and I am going to miss you until my last breath. I love you…. PaPa!

  2. Will always and forever remember you speedy. Will miss drinking coffee at the store with you. Will miss all the times you called me Little one. You were and truly are loved. Miss you already

  3. One of the nicest guys we have ever known. He marked timber for us for years when he was with the US Forest Service. Always fair. His word was his bond. They don’t make em like Hugh Reese anymore. He was one of a kind. He will be missed. David & June Currie

  4. Mr.CONNER was a wonderful person ever winter I would visit with him he had some great stories when growing up in the woods I will really miss him and that one of a kind smile the lord has a special place for him.

  5. On my yearly trips to East Texas to check on the pine trees my highlight was always stopping and visiting with my oldest first cousin Hugh Reece. Hugh was a great story teller: Family history: deer hunting, hog hunting; timber cruising; forest lookout at Ratcliff. Hugh always had a story or two.

    I would love to know how many foot miles, horse/mule miles Hugh recorded in the East Texas woods? They would be legendary.

    The fall of 1968 at SFA I had a timber cruising class. On a few weekends I had hands-on timber cruising with Hugh. Hugh was a great teacher. Thanks to Hugh II aced my SFA classroom timber cruising. Hugh moved through the woods with stealth and he was a talent with the spray gun.

    I listened in awe as Hugh told his stories of surviving the last two hurricanes while sitting in his chair in his living room.

    Recently, Hugh told first time stories of his end of the World War 11 Army experiences.

    There will be a “Huge Void” on my yearly trips to East Texas to check on the pine trees. I will miss miss those Hugh stories. Miss that big smile. Miss that bigger laugh. C.J. Spence

  6. praying for you in the days ahead.

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