Remembering Sasee Superstar Connie Barnard

By Connie Barnard

Last month, we lost a dear friend, and one of the writers who helped shape Sasee into the magazine you love today. From the very first issue, back in 2002, Connie Barnard’s well written essays and interviews endeared her to readers. Connie reached out to Sasee publisher, Delores Blount, and marketing director, Susan Bryant, when she saw a call for writers for the brand new magazine. And, fortunately for all of us, her beautifully crafted words graced these pages regularly until a vision issue forced her to retire a few years ago.

An English teacher for many years, it was after her retirement that Connie began her second career as a freelance writer, and her work was featured here and in many other local publications.  Connie’s “Southern Snaps” features reached into the hearts of those she met and with each interview, we, her readers, felt we made a new friend. Connie’s easy going personality and kindness were impossible to resist. When I first joined the Sasee team, her gentle instruction helped me grow into a better writer and interviewer.

While we were always fascinated by the people she chose to highlight, our favorite features were the ones Connie wrote about herself. Her two features about the trips she and her husband, Howard, took across the world on freighter ships were hugely popular, and Connie’s joy in these journeys shined through her words.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, especially her husband of 55 years, Howard Barnard, and son, Howard Barnard IV, and daughter, Elizabeth Blum. We will miss you Connie Barnard. Your life made the world a better place for all of us.

About this writer

  • Connie Barnard

    Connie Barnard

    Connie Barnard was born and raised deep in the heart of Dixie – in the South Georgia town of Albany. While in college at the University of Georgia she married her high school sweetheart, Howard, and spent the next thirty years traveling the world as an Air Force wife. An English teacher by trade, Connie taught wherever they were stationed, the most exotic of which was a year at Leavenworth Prison – which she refers to as the ultimate gated community. While Howard was assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in the 1980s, the Barnards bought a shabby old beach house in Surfside which they re-did and moved into permanently upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1996. They have two adult children and five grandchildren, all of whom are blessed to live in South Carolina.

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One Response to “Remembering Sasee Superstar Connie Barnard”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    Condolences to her family and your staff.

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