Mrs. Rachel Faye Matthews Conner, age 74 died at her home following a long illness. Mrs. Conner is a native of Martin County. She was married to Linwood Franklin Conner, Sr. on July 19, 1955 and they made their home in Aulander. They enjoyed fifty-five years of marriage. To this marriage was born six wonderful children. Mrs. Conner was a member of the Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church. She worked with her husband for some fifty years on the family farm; as well she graded peanuts for Golden Peanut Company of thirty-four years. She was a loving and caring wife, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Conner truly devoted her life to her family.
Preceding her in death are her mother and father, Corey Leggett Matthews and Lloyd Latham Matthews, one sister, Janie Matthews, three brothers; Thomas, Gene and Alfred Ray Matthews and one grandchild, Michael Robinson.
Survivors include her husband, Linwood Franklin Conner, Sr. of the home, two daughters; Cynthia Conner Stephenson and her husband David of Dunn, NC, Melinda Conner Fowler and her husband Jerry Lynn of Aulander, NC, four sons; Linwood ‘Frankie’ Conner, Jr. and his wife Nancy, David Conner and his wife Lynne, Donnie Conner and his wife Ellen and Ronnie Conner and his wife Wanda all of Aulander, NC, one sister, Janice Riddick and her husband Eddie of Edenton, NC, two brothers; Bobby Matthews and his wife Minerva of Aulander, NC and Jessie Matthews and wife Jean of Como, NC. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, Andy Robinson, Paula R. Sorrentine, Victoria Dixon, Lin and Daniel Conner, Matt and Nick Cobb, Kelsie and Clint Conner, Carl and Brittany Conner, Brandy Harris, Kristin Bowen and Tammi Griggs. Also surviving are eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.