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Janis Brown Bonner
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Janis Brown Bonner, 61, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012, after a brief illness. A native of Rabun Gap, Jan was a longtime resident of Greenville, S.C., where she recently retired after nearly 30 years of devotion to the field of education.

She is survived by: her husband of 39 years, Olin Bonner; a son and daughter-in-law, Blake and Kaley Bonner of Greenville; a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Nick Farr of Greenville; a granddaughter, Brooklynn Brown Farr of Greenville; a sister, Sharon Floyd of Boiling Springs, S.C.; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jan was the daughter of the late Morris and Genelle Brown of Rabun Gap.

She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a fine Christian, loving parent, devoted spouse, dedicated teacher, trusted friend and exceptional role model.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Jan leaves a legacy of significant contribution in the fields of education and athletics. She was an original student editor of Foxfire, a groundbreaking high school educational program founded at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School that worked to preserve Appalachian heritage for future generations.

Many of her photos appeared in the pages of Life Magazine.

She remains a leading scorer in RGNS basketball history and earned a scholarship to West Georgia College, where she played two years before transferring to the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in journalism from the Grady College. She later earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina.

She was a media specialist for the Greenville County school system and a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.

A graveside service and burial were held Monday at Wesley Chapel Cemetery on the RGNS campus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her loving memory to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, NPCF, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

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The Clayton Tribune, July 26, 2012