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Clarence Bohannon

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BOHANNON, Clarence Funeral services for Clarence E. Bohannon, of Newnan, will be Sunday, March 22, 2009, 2:30 p.m. Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Rev. Stafford Dudley, Pastor; Rev. H. H. Dyer, Eulogist. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Clarence Edward Bohannon was born December 31, 1933 in Newnan, Georgia, "Rocky Hill" area, to the late Deacon Willie "Frisk" Bohannon and Mrs. Sarah F. Bohannon. He was the third of eight children born in this Christian family that cares for each other with a special touch. Clarence's roots were well planted on 19 Peachtree Street in Newnan. He grew up in a loving Christian home that strongly believed in and incorporated daily prayer among parents and children. Clarence received his educational experiences in the Coweta County School System. During Clarence's early age, some of his greatest pastimes were to help his family in the family owned business, Bohannon's Barber Shop and attend the famous Newnan Dodgers baseball games and assist his father Coach Willie "Frisk" Bohannon, who was the team's owner. Clarence definitely received a great start to the "world of work" by following the example of his father who was a popular, smart, and well-respected Black Entrepreneur in the 1950's and 60's. Clarence also enjoyed lending a hand to his mother, Sarah Frances and older sister, Annie Lee (Sister) at the Bohannon Cafe' with stacking drinks, sweeping the floor, loading and unloading supplies, washing dishes and playing the "rockola." Attending West Point in New York was one of the highlights of his military career. After proudly serving his country in the Army of the United States, he was honorable discharged on August 15, 1955 as a Corporal. He then resided in Washington, D. C. before relocating back to Newnan where he worked diligently as a dedicated, loyal and hard-working pprofessional at Maple-Bell Schokbeton Corp. in Peachtree City, Beavers-Gold Kist and The Bibb Company in Newnan, Georgia. He always unselfishly shared his blessing from the Lord with his family. During Clarence's twenty plus years of service at the Bibb Company, he earned a wealth of honorary commendations for perfect attendance consistently and continuously each year and also being distinctly honored as employee of the month for outstanding service. Down through the years, Clarence always had a strong reputation of being a popular "sharp dresser" and indeed displayed his own GQ style from head to toe. He was the #1 fan of his baby brother "Hamp" PKA Bohannon, Recording Artist, Producer, Musician, Drummer and his music. Being known in the "Rocky Hill" community for religiously talking daily walks, visiting and "chatting" within his circle of friends from all walks of Life, he will truly be missed. "Fleet" and "Bo" were the nicknames that many of his friends gave him. He joined the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and was baptized at an early age under the pastorate of the late Reverend R. N. Martin. Under the guidance of the late Deacon Board Chairman Charlie C. Rowe and during Clarence's early reign at Mt. Sinai, he held the leadership position of treasurer of the Junior Board of Deacons. Later he served on the Senior Usher Board for many years. To Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, through the years, he gave a full measure of support and devotion whether present or absent in God's house. Clarence was a kind-hearted and caring man whose love for his family was enormous. On last Thursday, March 12,2009, while in the hospital, God allowed Clarence to get better and have the strength to have one last good conversation with all of his brothers and sisters. Clarence was preceded in death by his loving parents, Deacon Willie "Frisk" Bohannon, Sf. and Mrs., Sarah F. Bohannon; and brothers, Willie "Skeet" Bohannon, Jr. and Bobby Bohannon. Clarence's precious and loving memory will be cherished by his family, sisters: Annie (Sister) Cook of Newnan and Gloria (Deanie) Wallace of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers: Howard Bohannon of Newnan, Levi (Sug) Bohannon of Orange, N., J. and Hamilton PKA Bohannon, Recording Artist/Producer/ Musician/ Drummer of College Park, Georgia; cousin: Mrs., Minnie Lee Meacham of Decatur; nieces: Pier Cook Mehrvarz of Dunwoody, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Harris (Yvetta Denise) of Fairburn, Vametta Tawan Wallace of Atlanta, Anise Bohannon and Kim Bohannon of Newnan, and April Bohannon of Atlanta: nephews: Clarence Bohannon and Stewart Bohannon of Newnan, Quincy Bohannon of LaGrange, and Hamilton (Bo) Bohannon, II of College Park; great nieces, great nephews and many other relatives and special friends. Clarence peacefully crossed the threshold of life in heaven on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 3:19 p. m. at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc. 770-253-1232 Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.roscoejenkinsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 21, 2009
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