George Connell

George Henry Connell III

February 6, 1947 - April 27, 2020
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George Henry Connell, III, 73, of White Hall, died Monday, April 27, 2020.

He was born February 6, 1947 in Delhi, Louisiana, son of George H. Connell, Jr. and Nelma Jean Newell Connell.

George was reared and received his early education in Eudora, Arkansas, graduating from Eudora High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Arkansas A&M (now University of Arkansas at Monticello) in 1969 and earned his Masters in Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1971.

He began his career at Drew Central Elementary in Monticello before he and his family moved to White Hall in 1977, where he became the first principal at Taylor Elementary. Mr. Connell proudly served Taylor Elementary School until his retirement in 2009.

George was a vital part of the White Hall United Methodist Church family. He was the organist for 43 years, served on many committees and was a Bible Study leader for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife, Gloria Hunter Connell, whom he married August 3, 1969 in Monticello; daughter, Christie Leigh Park of White Hall; son, Blake Connell (Kelly) of White Hall; brother, Scottie Connell of Kilbourne, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Kendal Park, Karsyn Park, Cole Connell and Carter Connell.

Due to covid-19 restrictions, the family has asked for no visitors at their home.

George will be in state Friday, May 1, 2020 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel. Only groups of 9 or fewer will be allowed to view George at a time Friday afternoon due to restrictions. There will be a drive through visitation Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the parking lot of the White Hall Community Center. We ask that everyone attending stay in their vehicles and the funeral home staff will direct you where to go to greet the family while staying in your vehicle.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2020 in the parking lot of the White Hall Community Center. We ask for those in attendance to stay in their vehicles while in attendance. The service will be live streamed on and on the Ralph Robinson and Son Facebook page. The service will also be broadcast on 101.3 FM radio. Interment will be private. There will not be a register book at the service. The family has asked that you leave typed or video condolences on George’s page at

Memorials may be made to White Hall United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, PO Box 20880, White Hall, AR 71602.
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    Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 2, 2020 2:00pm
    James "Jitters" Morgan White Hall Community Center
    9801 Dollarway Road
    White Hall, AR 71602
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    The service will be in the parking lot. We ask that all in attendance stay in their vehicles. Please refer to the obit for ways to hear and/or watch the service.


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Debbie Ogg

Posted at 03:59pm
Gloria, Christie and Blake, right now I’m having trouble processing my thoughts and words. So, for now, I’m just going to say that Mr. Connell was one of the finest human beings I have ever known. The things I learned from him as my principal and friend are still being practiced and passed on today. May God bless each of you and know that my thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Much love, Debbie

Linda Pace

Posted at 02:59pm
Mr. Connell was such a great leader where it was either at home, church or school. I always knew if I need advice I could turn to him and he would lead me in the right direction, As Bro. Gary Akers would say "Well done you good and faithful servant." You will truly missed but never forgotten. Gloria, Christie and Blake my thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. May God be with you.
Linda Pace

Amber Welch

Posted at 09:20am
We love you all. Continued prayers for your family. Love, Amber, Jase and Jeff Welch, Jordan and Jake Bigger
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Sandra Nelson

Posted at 02:53am
I’ve never known a finer man than Mr. Connell. Christie and family, my thoughts are prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss.

Andrea Sealy

Posted at 12:52am
Continued prayers for the entire family.

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