Heart attack claims life of television forecaster Connor Vernon

Connor Vernon poses with a fan in the WTVY studios. Photo from November 12, 2012.
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Dothan, AL (WTVY)- Longtime television meteorologist Connor Vernon passed away late Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 63.

Vernon began his broadcast career in radio and WKMX was among first stops. His talents took him to television in Montgomery and Austin, TX. He then returned to Dothan about 15 years ago, and immediately found acceptance again in the broadcast community.

Multi-talented, Vernon hosted a radio talk show with legendary broadcaster Jerome Jackson, made a short stop at WDHN, a much longer one at WTVY, was executive director of Dothan Botanical Gardens, then returned to television in 2014.

Following a heart attack in 2015, Connor underwent bypass surgery but developed complications. He survived but the road back was a long due to complications. In the end, Connor did what Connor always did---he made it back.

“While I didn’t personally know Connor, when I came to Dothan last summer I found out quickly he was a fan favorite on the air and a friend favorite off the air. We are truly sorry to learn of his passing. Our prayers are with Sue and family,” said WTVY/WRGX News Director April Davis.

WTVY’s Ken Curtis knew Vernon since they shared radio airwaves in the 1970’s. “I worked so hard to do my job well but Connor was so much better and he made it look so easy. If there was a man who had natural broadcast ability it was the man I called “Vern." Our closest moments would come during occasional trips to Waffle House. We’d just sit and talk for two hours, once ordering a second full breakfast to keep our seats.”

Funeral services will likely be announced Sunday.