Thomas Christopher "Chris" O'Connor Sr.


Thomas Christopher “Chris” O’Connor, Sr.

Chris O’Connor passed Sunday, June 23, 2019 at home after a brief illness.

He was born Christmas Day, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Charles Gregory O’Connor and Jean Ann McWhirter. He was raised in Knoxville, TN and lived in Johnson City most of his life. He was a graduate of South Young High School and the University of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Martha Canfield. He is survived by his wife of almost thirty-seven years, Jane Bridgforth O’Connor; one son, Thomas Christopher O’Connor, Jr. (Julie); one daughter, Allison O’Connor Leath (Chris); three grandchildren, Burgess Bridgforth O’Connor, Louisa Barton O’Connor and Charlotte Anne Leath; brothers and sisters, Kathy (Pat) Yochim, Jody (Jim) Hazenfield, Jean Ann Savery, Greg (Nancy) O’Connor, Tim (Terry) O’Connor, Maggie (Greg) Heaton, Kevin (Tracy) O’Connor, Marie (Mike) Ensley, Bob (Renee) O’Connor, Eileen (Scott) Van Fleet, Becca O’Connor, Bill O’Connor (Brad Froslee) and Norm (Priscilla) Canfield; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

The family will have a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to StreetSide Ministry, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604, or LXI Ministry c/o First Presbyterian Church 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

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07-24-2019 Daphne Berg
To Jane and the Kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a remarkable man who was a great boss to me for several years. I considered him a friend and such a GOOD person. I know you will miss him. He touched so many lives.
07-04-2019 Jim and Judy Baxter
Jane Judy and I have been out of town and just found out about Chris passing. We just wanted to reach out to you and extend our sympathies. Chris was such a great guy. Always doing the right thing. He will be missed.
06-30-2019 Jeff and Nancy Griffith
Jane and family; we are so very sorry to hear of your loss; you will be in our thoughts and prayers
06-30-2019 Patte Earley
Please accept my sympathy on the death of Chris. I knew Chris from working with him the last two years in the Melting Pot at Munsey. He was such a kind person to all our guests. I especially admired him for his dedication to bringing Jose each Saturday and providing such a good role model to Jose. Chris has been missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
06-29-2019 Linda Stewart
Jane and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you! Chris was a gentleman that loved his family.
06-29-2019 Sharron Fleenor
To the family of Thomas "Chris" O'Connor: There are no words to describe how very sorry I am for your loss. Chris was a wonderful man who loved and adored Jane, Thomas, Allison, and the rest of his family. I will always remember he was a gentleman who was kind to everyone. Jane, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Sharron
06-29-2019 Cindy & Gary Gibbs
May God comfort and bless your family during this difficult time. Know we are praying for you.
06-29-2019 Marty Underwood
Jane and Family, It was a privilege and honor to know Chris and to work with him. We had lots of conversations as we rode to and from meetings over the years. News and stories about you and your family were always part of the trip. It was crystal clear that he loved you and your children and was proud of you all. His volunteerism was an example to me. He told me of his work with the soup kitchen, that sometimes he would run into someone he went to school with that was in line for a meal. He had a servant’s heart and was friend to all. From a business sense I can truly say he was never ethically challenged. Again, he was example to us all. In our last conversation I sensed a peace that given the knowledge of his sickness was beyond understanding if I had not known of his faith and love of God. I know there are no words that provide the comfort you need and deserve at this time. Perhaps some of few comforts available to us are that we are witnesses to the quality of his life and that at this very moment he is in God’s hands. Through our faith in God we will see him again in time. My thoughts and prayers and my deepest condolences are extended to you and your family at this time. Marty Underwood
06-29-2019 Karen & Terry Welch
Dear Jane & family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Karen & Terry


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