Conley was born in Carter County, Tennessee on September 11, 1928. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roby Edward Lewis and Ora Dean Little Lewis; two brothers, James Lewis and Robert Lewis; three sisters, Irene Taylor, Nita Bodgard, and Pauline Cooper; and stepson David Rudolph.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Madge Lewis; son, Terry Lewis; stepson James Rudolph Jr.; step grandchildren James Rudolph III, Jacob Rudolph, Alexis Rudolph, Carey Rudolph, and Alison Cohran; and step great-grandchildren Patrick Cohran, Eliza Cohran, and Elliott Cohran.
Conley retired as the publisher of the Sullivan County News, Blountville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked at the Bristol Herald-Courier and Johnson City Press Chronicle newspapers. He also served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, working as a cryptographer in Europe.
Conley was a loving husband, father, stepfather, step-grandfather, step-great-grandfather and friend who touched the lives of many who will miss him enormously. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at cremationsocietync.com.