Conner is noted in Linconlton as a man who can be called upon for help at any time. Over the years, he seems to have been involved in all aspects of his community. Lincolnton has more boxers per capita in the hall of fame than any other city, and Conner coached most of them. He was active in boxing from 1947 until 1990. His VFW teams won tournaments all over both Carolinas, and he was selected to coach the Carolinas team in the regionals in New York in 1956, the same year he won the Wilton Garrison Outstanding Coach award.

Conner served in WWII with the U.S. Army and was wounded in Anzio, Italy. After leaving the Army, the three-sport high school star played professional baseball for a while. He was also a golf pro at Lincolnton Country Club for eight years.

A widower, Conner and his wife Clara were the parents of three children.

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