He was born in 1919 on a farm in Wilkes County. His education included a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the University of Georgia, while there serving in the ROTC calvary, a master’s degree in divinity 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 in the Northeast Georgia mountains in 1969.
Survivors include: his loving and faithful wife of 67 years, Guinelle Cooper Garrard of Hickory, N.C.; children, 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, preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held Friday at Smyrna United Methodist Church of Washington. A private graveside burial was held in the church cemetery before the service.
Gifts honoring his life and service are requested in lieu of flowers 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.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, April 5, 2012