November 6, 1945 ~ October 8, 2021

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Steven Ralph Conner, 75, of Fletcher, died Friday, October 8, 2021 at Mission Hospital.

Born in Buncombe County, he was the husband of Lovada (Bulla) Conner of Fletcher, and the son of the late James Holbert and Cleta (McCall) Conner. He was also preceded in death by a son, Brandon.

Ralph was a 1965 graduate of Lee Edwards High School and attended ETSU in Johnson City. He was a member of the drag racing organizations IHRA and NHRA.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by a daughter, Misty Scruggs and her husband Mark of Knoxville; and two grandchildren: Amber and Ethan Scruggs.

Ralph will be missed by a number of his best friends: Bill Creasman, Benny Lowe, Mike White, Mike Conley, Mike Banks, the brother he never had; John Petros, his right hand-man; and Jeff McCloud.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Godspeed.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Uncle Ralph will also be missed by his nephews and nieces , Steve Eplee , Kim Phillips , Crystal Mathews , Brad Ward , and grand nieces and nephews .

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  2. A good guy & friend for almost 60 years. In years long after Lee Edwards, Denese & I used to enjoy often honking & waving to him at his storage facility @ Mills Gap & Concord Rds. I guess I would have thought he would always be there. Our deepest sympathy to all who are touched by his death.

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  3. Bulla just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It saddened Mother and I to view this online. (I miss our short chats at the office drive thru and Mother’s long friendship with Cleta.)
    May you be comforted in the arms of our Savior in the difficult days ahead,

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  4. Heaven has truly gained an angel. So glad our family got to know you and Lovada through my brother, David Mortier. I’m sure you and David are playing a few games of pool and hanging out in Heaven.

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  5. Ralph was a good man and I’m glad I got to know him and Lovada. He will truly be missed by me and we’ll never know how much I appreciated him and his help. He always seems happy every time I encountered him. May he rest in peace with no more worries and a brand new body.

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  6. My deepest condolences to lose such a good man. I always honked when he was working outside at his storage facility and would stop in from time to time to say hello as he was always working on one car or the other. Heaven is shining brighter with him there

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  7. Ralph was a great man and friend I bought my Motorhome from him. Lovada I’m so sorry for your loss of Ralph. I will keep you in my Prayers.

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  8. Ralph was such a Giving Man. He never hesitated to help anyone in need. He had a fabulous life and will remain in the hearts of so many. Rest in Peace My Friend.

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  9. Lovada,
    You and Ralph were two of the very first people we met when our family moved to Asheville in 1993, just before the blizzard. We will always be indebted to you and Ralph for your support and friendship over the years. Thinking of you as you go forward. 🌹

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  10. A very good friend for over 50 years. I will miss him very much. He was a very kind man and was always willing to help anyone

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  11. Mrs. Conner, I am so sorry for your loss and my deepest condolences to you and family. Ralph and I just reconnected in the last couple of years. I was shocked to hear that he was ill and very saddened to hear of his passing. My son Seth enjoyed meeting him and getting to know him while he was working on the restoration of his 65 Mustang.

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  12. Lovada, I was so very sorry when Jeff told me about Ralph. He will be missed by a lot of people. I pray God will be with you and comfort you during this very sad time. 😥

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