Terrence Patrick “Pat” Conner, 76, of Dayton, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Pat was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., on Sept. 7, 1942, to the late William Ray “Bill” Conner and Mary Jane Sands Conner. He was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of New Union Baptist Church. He was a 1960 graduate of Rhea Central High School. After high school, he continued his education and received a BS Degree from Bryan College and a Master’s Degree at MTSU. He began teaching at Spring City in 1965. He was principal at Spivey, Graysville, Rhea Elementary and Rhea Central High School. He served as superintendent of Dayton City School and he completed his 35-year career as principal of Rhea County High School.

Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid golfer, former boat racer and he loved fishing. Pat had a lifelong passion for restoring automobiles.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janie Holland Conner, of Dayton; son, Chris (Kristen) Conner, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Emma Kate, Hayes and William Conner; brothers, Mike (Jane) Conner. of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jim (Debbie) Conner, of Dayton; sisters, Sharon (Mark) Morgan, of Dayton, and Mary Miller, of Centerville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Walls and Speaker Gary Cooper officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, from noon to 2 p.m.

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Arrangements are by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home, of Dayton.