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Bonnie Clarke Jarrard

Bonnie Clarke Jarrard, 74, passed away Sunday, June 26 from complications of a cerebral aneurysm. 

Bonnie was born June 1, 1942 in Savannah, Georgia, to the late Bernice Reese Clarke and James Douglas Clark and she grew up in Oliver, Georgia.  

After graduating from Screven County High School in Sylvania, Georgia, in 1960, Bonnie attended Brenau College and the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in elementary education. 

After marrying Truett Jarrard on Dec. 22, 1963, Bonnie taught school in Augusta, Georgia, Atlanta and Savannah before the family moved to New Orleans and back to Atlanta. The Jarrards moved to Newnan, Georgia, in 1972, and though Bonnie and Truett spent much time at St. George Island, Florida, and Cashiers, Newnan has remained home.  

While in Newnan, Bonnie was a member of Newnan First United Methodist Church, the Driftwood Garden Club, bible study groups, bridge clubs and had many good times with her teammates playing tennis in the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association. She was delighted when her team won their division in the Atlanta city championship. While Bonnie enjoyed these activities, her family was always her first priority. In recent years, spending time with her three granddaughters was the joy of her life. 

The memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home with Dr. Gene Tyre officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from noon until the start of the service. A private family burial was held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.  

Rather than flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to either Piedmont Newnan Hospital Neurosciences Fund, in care of Piedmont Hospital Foundation, 2001 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30309, https://donate.piedmont.org or to Southwest Christian Care Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30269.

Condolences can be expressed online at www.mckoon.com.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dr. George Truett Jarrard Jr.; son, George Truett Jarrard III (Trey) and his wife Juliette of Atlanta; granddaughters, Anna Rae Jarrard, Alexandra Brinson Jarrard, and Judith Reese Jarrard, all of Atlanta; sister, Brenda Baker and husband George of Monroe, Georgia; brother-in-law, Charlie Holm of Savannah; sister-in-law, Dr. Mary Bess Jarrard Cole and husband Dr. Jeff Cole of Athens, Georgia; nephews, Charles Holm of Savannah; Douglas Holm of Springfield, Virginia; George Baker III of Monroe, Georgia; Jarrard Cole of New York City; and nieces, Dr. Bonnie Baker of Seattle and Mackinsey Cole of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

In addition to her parents, Bonnie was also preceded in death by her daughter Julie Caroline Jarrard, sister Lavenia Clarke Holm, mother-in-law Irma Gill Jarrard and father-in-law George Truett Jarrard. 

McKoon Funeral Home and Crematory, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263, (770) 253-4580 is in charge of arrangements.

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