Longtime Dance Studio Owner Dies

Carolyn Cook Conner, who touched the lives of thousands of young girls in Jeff Davis County, passed away June 14 at her residence after a long illness. She was 72.
Mrs. Conner had a profound influence on area youth for decades as owner and operator of Carolyn’s Twirling and Dance Studio. And three of her four daughters continued her legacy with dance studios of their own as adults.
She got her start with twirling and dancing as a majorette with the Jeff Davis High School Band in the early 1960s.
Mrs. Conner was also owner and operator of Cook Insurance company.
A member of Southside Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her father, Claude Parker Cook, and mother, Sara Ellen Eason Cook, grandchild, Brian Smith and great-grandchild, Kenna Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Conner of Hazlehurst; daughters and sons-in-law, Caroline Trowell Post (Lester) of Waynesboro, Leigh Trowell Poe (Joel C. Poe Jr.), Angie Trowell Parlor (Ken) of Hazlehurst and Marci Trowell Williams (Nile) of Hazlehurst; step-children, Wendy Conner Smith (Ronnie) of Cochran, Cindy Conner Dykes (Troy) of Sylvester and Stacy Conner (Danielle) of Cochran; brother, Claude Parker Cook Jr. of Bluffton, S.C.; sister, Saralyn Cook Sears of Hazlehurst; grandchildren, Hampton Wade, Hagen Wade, Tyson Post, Claudia Post, Karleigh Kight Carter, Sarabeth Kight, Savannah Poe, Kesleigh Poe, Kori Ellen Parlor, Kollin (Moo) Parlor, Aiden Williams, Madison Williams, Darton Stankowitz, Brad Smith, Amye Phinazee, Shayne Conner, Macy Rewis, Hayden Conner; great-grandchildren, Chandler Rewis, Cohen Smith and Addie Stewart; several nieces and nephews.
For more information, see the obituary page.

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