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James E. Conner, correctional officer and deacon, dies at 84

James E. Conner, a retired correctional officer and Catholic deacon, died Sept. 2 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was 84.

The cause was dementia, said his wife, Joyce Conner.

Mr. Conner began his career as a security officer with Giant Food and at the medical facility then known as Southern Maryland Hospital Center. He worked at the old Lorton Reformatory from the early 1970s until his retirement in the early 1980s.

He became a deacon in 1985 and served over the years at parishes including St. Mary Star of the Sea in Indian Head, St. Francis de Sales in Salisbury and, most recently, Immaculate Conception in Mechanicsville.

James Edward Conner was born in Washington. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, including a posting in Japan. His memberships included the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Conner was a longtime Indian Head resident before moving to Mechanicsville and then to the veterans community last year.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Joyce Selkirk of Covington, Ga.; a sister, Ruby Tolbert of Charlotte Hall; and three brothers, William Conner of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Joseph Conner of Edgewater and Ronald Conner of Leonardtown.

— Emily Langer

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