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Jarrard, Dr. Norman Eugene

Jarrard, Dr. Norman Eugene

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HIGH POINT Dr. Norman Eugene Jarrard, 92, left this earthly realm on August 3, 2018 surrounded by his family at Hospice Home at High Point. He is preceded in death by parents Beatrice ("Mama B.") and "F.M." Jarrard, brothers Vernon, Jack, and Johnny, nephew Dennis, and first wife, Dr. Pat Jarrard. Norman was born in a logging camp in Habersham County, GA on June 13, 1926 then moved with his family to W-S in the late 1930s. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater. Upon returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth "Pat" Wilkins in 1947. Norman was among the first group of men admitted at Salem College, graduating cum laude in 1950. He went on to obtain a MA in English (1956) from UNC Chapel Hill with his thesis on Hemingway and a PhD (1960) from the University of TX, writing on Melville's verse. Norman settled in Greensboro and held a tenure-track position in the Dept. of English at NC A&T until his retirement in 1996. His only son, Porter Conley Jarrard, was born in 1966. Norman was one of the most outstanding tennis athletes in the South. Self-taught, he began playing at age 15 at the Granville Courts in W-S. He played his final tournament in 2003 at the age of 77. His court appearances during that span of five decades netted him more than 150 championship titles in singles and doubles. After losing Pat in 1987, Norman was alone for many years until he met Elizabeth Henderson. They married in 1995, moving to a 14-acre property in High Point in 2006. It was there that he enjoyed the "The Simple Life"- gardening, doing home improvements, and walking the dogs around the lake. Norman is survived by wife Elizabeth, son Porter and partner Karen Kinslow, sister Carole Jarrard Reedy and her children- Ray Caudle, David Caudle and Karen Boyd (Thad)- as well as his sister-in-law DeEtte Jarrard, her daughter, Donna Joyce, and her daughter-in-law, Laura Jarrard. He also leaves behind his loving step-children and their families, including Janet Faith, Chris Henderson, Jacqueline Huesing, Dewayne Henderson and wife Deborah, and Christine Kidd, her husband Danny and daughter Madeline. There will be graveside service at Salem Moravian Graveyard on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The service will led by Bishop Graham Rights and the Reverend Andrew Heil. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should made to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and "Repairers of the Breach", P.O. Box 1638 Goldsboro, NC 27533. Condolences may be sent online at

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