Russell High Class of 1959
home of the wildcats
Raymond, Joyce and their grandsons
Raymond & Joyce
In August, Raymond and I will have been married forty-seven years. Blessed with a son and two daughters: Alan, Dana and Terese, each have married wonderful spouses. Alan and Yvette have two sons. Jade and Terese have three sons. Dana and Scott enjoy spoiling their nephews and traveling. Our children and five grandsons live near us on a thirty-five acre track of land on a country dirt road in Fayette County. This Norman Rockwell setting is perfect for adventurous boys. We recently sold our house of forty-three years to our son. Our move did not take us far, we moved into the 125 year old homestead that once belonged to my parents. The renovated farmhouse continues to be a work in progress.
After graduation, I worked for Southern Bell and attended Massey Business College. Upon completion of my courses, I went to work for the Atlanta Postal Credit Union. Fifteen years with the credit union, I left my job and stayed home with my children. Drawing from both my creativity and my understanding of business, I opened a gift shop and began painting. Selling some paintings, I realized that my business might be more successful if my artistic ability were on something functional. Recognizing our talents, Raymond, a talented carpenter, built furniture as a hobby, while I added artistic detail. This turned into a wholesale business. When Raymond lost his job as plant manager for Asbury Ferst it was only natural for him to become a builder. This change brought me back to my financial experiences. Going to work with the Fayette County Board of Education in the finance department, I also ran the finances for Ray Conn Homes.
Retirement has replaced my old hobbies with new interests. My creativity no longer expressed through a paintbrush yet found through the camera lens. I am not painting as much but enjoy photography and creating cards. Raymond and I love to vacation on Georgia’s coast and Florida’s St. George Island. My bike goes with me. Time with my grandsons brings me great joy. Field trips, ball games, afternoons spent on the porch, taking a walk around the lake, catching bugs and planting a garden are all experiences that I love to share with each of them. Singing in the choir and serving on the worship committee at North Fayette United Methodist Church keeps me connected with my community.
God is with me through my journey and I am truly blessed.
Current address: 255 Linden Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215
Telephone: 770-487-4614 (H) 678-850-5755 (C)
Spouse: Raymond Conn RHS '59