Hershel "H.C." Connell

Born: Thu., Jan. 22, 1931
Died: Tue., Sep. 30, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 02, 2014
Location: Vidalia Chapel

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Fri., Oct. 03, 2014
Location: Vidalia Chapel

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Mr. Hershel “H.C.” Connell, age 83, of Vidalia died Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Community Hospice of Vidalia after a brief illness.  He was a native of Montgomery County and lived most of his life in Vidalia.

Hershel was an entrepreneur who was diversified in many areas of business.  He was especially noted for his involvement in the origination of T.V. 46 where he was widely known for his programs, “Three Rivers Trading Time” and “Breakfast with Hershel”.  Mr. Connell was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was extremely dedicated to local American Legion Post #97 where he served in many capacities, including Commander and he holds an all-time record for membership recruitment.  Hershel likewise was an active member of the Mt. Vernon Veteran of Foreign Wars and was instrumental in the design and erection of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Memorial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.  He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church.

H.C. is preceded in death by his parents, Arizona and Claudie Bell Connell; his daughter, Debbie Connell; his sister, Betty Bryant; and his brother, Arizona Connell Jr.

He is survived by three daughters, Vicky Daniels and husband Tommy of Augusta, Pamela Newsome and husband Harold of Milledgeville and Michele Holloway and husband Bob of Augusta; four brothers, Richard Connell of St. Simons Island, Neal Connell of Vidalia, Bobby Connell of Lyons, and Tommy Connell of Statesboro; three sisters, Nadene Foster of Vidalia, Rebecca Miller of Vidalia and Janice Connell of Soperton; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Hershel “H.C.” Connell will be held Friday, October 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Owen Waters officiating.  Entombment will follow in Bazel-Connell Cemetery with Military Honors.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Community Hospice of Vidalia at 904 Mt. Vernon Road, Vidalia GA 30474 or Bear Creek Baptist Church at 1617 Bear Creek Church Road, Mt. Vernon GA 30445.

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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Sue Rustin Wright Grisham
   Posted Tue September 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of the passing of one of our heroes. He did great works for the Veterans and will be missed by his many friends. God bless you all.

Wayne Phillips
   Posted Tue September 30, 2014
He was one of a kind. So sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers go out to the family.

Nita Thigpen
   Posted Tue September 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Hershel. May God Bless and be with the family.

God Bless,
Nita Thigpen

Jason & Elizabeth Harvill
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
So sorry for your loss! Your church family loves you and will be praying!!


Cindi and Walter Adams
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
Michele sorry to hear of your loss, what an interesting man. I am sure there will be an empty spot in your life now that he is gone, but his history will live on through you. Take care Walter and Cindi Adams

Sheree Hagan
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
Knew Hershel from years ago when he use to hang around with Dan Mitchell at our Telemon Office in Lyons. He was a funny and sweet man. Sorry for your loss.

Pastor Efton & Diane Green
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
Nadene & family,
We are so very sorry to hear the news of Hershel's passing. May you take comfort in knowing that your church family is lifting you up as you walk through this valley and prepare to lay your brother to rest. Our prayer is that you would feel the loving arms of your Heavenly Father as He walks beside you each step of the way. We are praying for you!
Pastor Efton & Members of Calvary

Ann Zachary
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
Nadene and family, I am so sorry for your lose. Please know that God has you all wrapped in His loving arms.

Ann Zachary

Hazel Harrell Williams
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Hershel. May God keep the family
close during this sad time.

Millie Fallon
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Ms Nadene and Family,

My sincere sympathy for the passing of Hershel. Prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Lord Bless you all.

Brian and Sandy Smith
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Nadene, sorry about the loss of your brother. We will be praying for you all.

Brian and Sandy Smith
Calvary, Vidalia

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