NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Maurice Conner's devotion to Lipscomb University started decades ago.
His love for the university first started as a student. He graduated from there with a bachelor of arts degree in 1981. He then went on to earn his masters of arts degree from the university in Bible.
For the last nearly 40 years, he was a security officer for the school. He mostly worked the third shift.
"He was physically a very large man. He was like 6 ft 9 it felt like," said Kyle Dickerson, executive director of Lipscomb’s Department of Security, "he was this gentle spirit that loved people and wanted to be in constant community with people."
His colleague, Dickerson, says although Conner was a man of few words, he always led by his actions.
He's devastated over the passing of Conner after his brief battle with COVID-19. It was a month before his 65th birthday.
"The loss of another colleague is difficult, no matter the reason why you have to lose someone...as you watch the pandemic unfold...brings the reality of what this pandemic is.
Along with his work at the university, Conner served as the preaching minister for the 19th Avenue Church of Christ in Springfield, Tennessee.
Conner is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Chante, a graduate of both Lipscomb Academy (’01) and Lipscomb University (’06); son, Josh, also a Lipscomb Academy graduate (’03); and grandson Robert James Conner.
Lipscomb has established the Maurice Conner memorial scholarship fund at the university in his memory.
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