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ORANGEBURG -- Mr. Emory Fletcher Connelly, 87, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Northside Baptist Church, 1250 Columbia Road, Orangeburg. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Dr. Shane Stutzman will be officiating, directed by Thompson Funeral Home in Orangeburg.

Pallbearers will be Senior Chief Ronnie Blevins, Steve Cumbee, Reeves Connelly, Zachary Connelly, Logan Gunter and Keith Stillinger. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cornerstone Sunday School Class from Northside Baptist Church.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Northside Baptist Church.

Mr. Emory was born Aug. 5, 1931, in St. George. He was the son of the late Julius E. Connelly and the late Mary Louise Weathers Connelly. He served in the United States Army National Guard. Mr. Emory retired from Santee Cooper after 37 years, where he started as a lineman and worked his way to district supervisor. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and the Cornerstone Sunday School Class. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #357. He was predeceased by a brother, Jerome Connelly, and a son-in-law, Mike Creech.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Thelma Ayers Connelly; children Jane Teague (John) and Sue Creech, both of Orangeburg, Rodney Connelly (Cindy) of Cope, Wes Connelly (Dr. Karen) of Orangeburg, and Emory Connelly (Jill Duke) of Easley; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara Kizer, Mary Ellen Wimberly and Dixie Whetsell; brother Robert Connelly (Mildred); sister-in-law Bonnie Connelly; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Mission Team, 1250 Columbia Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115.

Friends may call the residence of Mr. Wes and Dr. Karen Connelly.

Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.thompsonfh.net.

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