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James John “J.J.” O’Conner

James John “J.J.” O’Conner

May 25, 1938 - November 29, 2018     Age: 80

Mr. James John “J.J.” O’Conner, 80, of Fernandina Beach passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

He was born in the Kibbee community in Montgomery County, Georgia, to the late James Patrick and Myrtice Azle Collins O’Conner. He was one of three children and was predeceased by his twin brother, Peter “Pat” O’Conner, and younger brother, Charles O’Conner.

In 1962 he joined the U. S. Army and was based at Wheeler Army Airfield (Honolulu, Hawaii) as an Airframe and Power Plant mechanic. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Miami, Florida. He worked for Lockheed on the C5 Galaxy Program (Ships 131-147), Eastern Airlines, Air Kaman and Anheuser-Busch. He and Pat owned and operated O’Conner Aviation and a few other land development businesses.

J.J. moved with his family to Fernandina Beach from Alma, Georgia, in 1977. He spent much of his working life as an Aircraft Mechanic and business owner. Before moving to and settling in Fernandina Beach, he and his brother purchased a large tract of land located on the east side of Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport to continue their Georgia-based aircraft operations. They developed a successful project known as the Amelia Island Industrial Park.

J.J. and Pat spent most of their lives together in family and business.

J.J. was a faithful member of Five Points Baptist Church and men’s Sunday school teacher.

 His funeral service will be held Monday, December 3rd at 11 a.m. at Five Points Baptist Church with his grandson Rev. Aaron Bell and Pastor Frank Camarotti officiating.

 The family will receive friends Sunday, December 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.


He leaves behind his wife, Nancile O’Conner of Fernandina Beach; his three children, Shannon O’Conner and his wife, Sandie; Dale O’Conner and his wife, Angelia; and Sindy O’Conner; his grandchildren, Aaron Bell and his wife, Alison; Joshua O’Conner; Caitlin O’Conner and her husband, Pratyush; Sarah O’Conner; Lexi Geller and her husband, Ian; Kendall O’Conner; Weston Perry; Daniel O’Conner; Rebecca Perry; and James O’Conner; two great grandchildren, Brendan and Jackson Bell; as well as several extended family members.

J.J. will be laid to rest, with Military Honors, with his parents and other family members at Braddy Cemetery near Kibbee, Georgia, on December 4th at 11 a.m. with Sammon’s Funeral Home assisting.


The family asks that memorial donations be made to Five Points Baptist Church to honor his life.

9 Condolences

  • Owen O’Conner Posted November 29, 2018 9:34 am

    Nancile, Shannon, Dale & Sindy,

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of Uncle John. I loved him dearly. May God comfort you during this hard time.


    Owen O’Conner

  • Jo O’Conner Posted November 29, 2018 7:12 pm

    Thinking of you during this sad time. Love y’all

  • Dale White Posted November 30, 2018 12:55 am

    Shannon,Dale and Sindy. I’m very sorry to hear about JJ my thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this time

  • Don and Marsha Joyner Posted November 30, 2018 9:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Lewis “Ed” Douglas Posted November 30, 2018 10:09 am

    Shannon, Dale and Sindy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  • Mark Burns Posted November 30, 2018 6:20 pm

    Nancile Shannon, Dale, Sindy and family sorry to hear of Johns passing. Our prayers are with you during this time.

    Mark Elaine and family

  • Carl and Barbara Anderson Posted December 1, 2018 6:48 am

    Shannon, Dale, and Sindy. I’m very sorry to hear about JJ. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the families during this time. Our prayers are for God’s comfort.

  • Ray Cline Posted December 3, 2018 10:47 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear of JJ’s passing. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family. I have many good memories of dealing with JJ, Pat & Shannon while a tenant at the Industrial Park in the Petroferm days. We had a terrific tenant/landlord relationship for many years.

  • Courtnay Moulton Posted December 3, 2018 3:04 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Sindy. Praying for your family during this difficult time

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