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'Waltons' Actor Joe Conley, Show's General Store Owner, Dies at 85

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Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 12:11 PM

By Newsmax Wires

"The Waltons" actor Joe Conley, best known as the storekeeper often visited by the Waltons on the show, died Sunday at the age of 85, according to The Associated Press.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that according to wife Louise Conley, Joe Conley died at a care facility in Southern California. She says he had suffered from dementia.

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A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Conley had bit parts on 1960s series like "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" before he landed the role on CBS's "The Waltons" in 1972 that would last nearly a decade.

Conley played Ike Godsey, postmaster and owner of the Jefferson County general store frequented by the Walton family in Depression-era Virginia.

Over nine seasons of the show, he appeared in 172 episodes, and was took part in TV movie reunions well into the 1990s.

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