IT WAS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE WANTED
Following the tragic death of Carter and his wife Vivian's son, J.D. Conley after a December car crash, the public showed an outpouring of support for the long time public servant and his family by making donations in J. D.'s honor.
Weeks before Carter had told Mortimer Media Group of the overwhelming show of support by the public, many he and Vivian knew but also, many they didn’t. Much of the support was monetary to help offset gas and travel costs to visit their son at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
When it came time to lay J.D. to rest the Conley's thanked everyone and told them there was insurance to cover the funeral expenses and that any other donations would be placed in a memorial fund in their son's honor if anyone chose to donate further. People did, and last Thursday Carter had the privilege of doing something he knew J.D. would approve of.
"I am very pleased and proud to give this to you toward your senior trip, as I enjoyed my senior trip so much way back in 1967, and both of our sons enjoyed theirs immensely and I hope this goes toward that same experience for you," Conly said as he choked back a few tears. As for the students, they appeared thrilled to be thought of in this way as Jill Cole said' "I really do appreciate it, it was a wonderful thing for them to do what they did for us." Mandee Risner added, "It was very sweet of the Conley's to think about us and giving back like they have", while Marcus called it "A true blessing." The fourth senior, Jocelynn Hall was not there at the time, but we are sure felt the same way after hearing the news.
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Magoffin County Rescue Squad Captain Carter Conley presenting checks for two-hundred and fifty dollars each to four Magoffin County High School seniors to go toward their senior trip. Pictured: Principal Chris Meadows, Jill Cole, Mandee Risner, Marcus Howard (Jocelynn Hall not pictured) Carter Conley