In Memoriam

Former Trustee William Owen

Bill was born January 21, 1942 in Tallahassee, Florida to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Owen. He graduated from Leon High School where he was a member of the golf and basketball teams. He attended the University of Florida, 1960-1964, graduating with a major in accounting and a minor in finance. He was a member of SAE fraternity.

After graduating from Florida, Bill attended law school at the University of Nebraska. Graduating in 1967, he served as a member of the law review, the national moot court team, and having attained the academic distinction of “Order of the Coif” typically awarded to the top 5 percent of the class.

In 1967, Bill returned to Tallahassee where he clerked for the Honorable Richard W. Ervin, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. After his clerkship he entered the private practice of law in 1971.

In 1988, Bill was appointed to the Board of Directors of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, the fourth largest fraternal benefit society in the United States. Bill served as Chairman of the Audit Committee, until he became the Chairman of the Board, the first independent director to attain this position in Woodmen’s 120-year history. Bill retired from Woodmen in February 2012. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Owen.

Former Trustee Jim Conner

James Terrell Conner, 76, passed away December 2, 2013. He was born July 31, 1937 to Terrell and Lenora Conner. James grew up in Cordele where he was active in sports at Cordele High School. He was a radio announcer at the local radio station. He attended technical school and was an Army veteran.

James met and married his wife of 55 years, Joan Pipkin Conner. They had two children, one son, James Gregory Conner (Margaret Conner) and a daughter, Brenda Conner Etheridge.

Through James’ involvement with the kids he coached youth baseball for both boys and girls and was a scout master for many years for Boy Scouts of America.

James was a devoted Florida State Seminole fan attending football, baseball and basketball games on a regular basis. Further, he was also a member and past President of the Tallahassee Quarterback club; charter member and on Board of Directors of the University Center Club, charter member of the Biletnikoff Foundation, and an active member of the Seminole Boosters.

James retired from Centel Telephone Company in 1984 and currently worked with Community Realty of Killearn and was an active member of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors.

James was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his sister (Joyce Young) and brother-in-law, W.R. Harrelson. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Duke (Carl) and a brother, Jack Conner. Further survivors include his cherished grandchildren, Amanda “Mandy” Etheridge, Amber Etheridge, James Tyson “Ty” Conner and John Marc Conner and numerous nieces and nephews.

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