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.