Jesse James Conard

Thursday, August 23, 1934 - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Generous and Kind Man

Photo of Jesse James Conard  - 1934-2018

Waynesville - Jesse James Conard, age 84, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

A native of Haywood County, Mr. Conard was a son of the late Lloyd and Arbie Jenkins Conard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Rogers; and two brothers, Junior Conard, and Joe Conard.

Mr. Conard was a fun-loving gentleman who enjoyed spending time outdoors among the mountains where he was born and raised. He was a retired logger and enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. Jesse was a gifted storyteller and also loved to tell jokes. He will always be remembered as a kind-hearted and generous man.  Mr. Conard attended White Oak Baptist Church. Jesse never met a stranger and he was a friend to everyone. We give thanks for the life of Jesse James Conard and for the joy and happy memories that he has brought to so many.

Survivors include his wife, Delores Richardson Conard of Canton; his children, Karen Riddle and her husband, Johnny, of Waynesville, Janet Owenby and her husband, Glen, of Kentucky, Brenda Owenby and her husband, Billy, of Canton, and James Conard of Cruso; his brother, Lloyd Ray Conard of Haywood County; his sister, Evelyn Conard of Maiden, NC; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 To honor Mr. Conard's request, no services will be held at this time.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Conard family and words of comfort may be shared at

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I love you n fly high..
Brandi Owenby
So sorry to hear of Uncle Jesse passing . Keeping you all in our prayers .
Dorothy Hall
So sorry for your loss RIP with your daughter
Kathryn Messer