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Rev. William Reese Garrard Sr.
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After a long and fruitful life, the Rev. William Reese Garrard Sr. went peacefully to be with the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 30, at Smyrna United Methodist Church of Washington. A private graveside burial will be held in the church cemetery prior to the service.

He was born on a farm in 1919 in Wilkes County and is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 67 years, Guinelle Cooper Garrard of Hickory, N.C.; William R. Garrard Jr. and Frances Garrard, Janice Garrard, Jill Garrard Hicks and David R. Hicks, John C. Garrard and Regina Garrard; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

His parents, G. Richard Garrard and Comfort Smith Garrard, precede him in death.

His education included a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the University of Georgia and, while there, he served in the ROTC Calvary. He earned a master’s of divinity degree at Emory Candler School of Theology and a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Georgia. He also was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines and Japan, retiring as an officer.

For more than 30 years he served as a humble and faithful servant of the Lord in the Methodist ministry, including numerous pastoral appointments and as a missionary in Puerto Rico. He is most known for founding and establishing Covecrest Christian Renewal Center near Clayton, in the Northeast Georgia Mountains in 1969.

In lieu of flowers, gifts honoring his life and service are requested to be sent to the Nicaraguan Outreach Ministry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 32 16th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601. This outreach supports a small, remote community in San Diego, Nicaragua.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bass-Smith Funeral Home, Hickory, N.C., is serving the family of the Rev. William Reese Garrard Sr.

The Northeast Georgian

March 30, 2012