The Newnan Times-Herald


JoAnne McKnight Underwood

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 15, 2018 - 5:28 PM

JoAnne McKnight Underwood, 58, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at Piedmont Hospital in Newnan.

She was born on December 20, 1959, in Newnan, to the late Paul McKnight Jr. and Totsie Carrasco McKnight.

Mrs. Underwood grew up in Senoia and was a graduate of East Coweta High School and the University of West Georgia with her master’s degree in Education.

She was a devoted kindergarten teacher teaching at Eastside Elementary and Thomas Crossroads Elementary for 33 years. She was awarded teacher of the year twice during her career.

She served as a member in the Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Educators. Mrs. Underwood was active member at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. She enjoyed volunteering locally with children’s activities. She served on the board for the East Coweta Marching Indians and East Coweta Gridiron Club Board Member.

JoAnne’s gentle spirit and calm demeanor never faltered during her illness.  Her will to keep going and her positive spirit was an inspiration to her entire family.

The funeral Mass is Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Rd, Newnan, GA, 30265, with Father Terry Crone officiating.

Burial will follow at Senoia City Cemetery.

The Rosary service is Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan.  Visitation will be following between 6-8 p.m.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions can be made to the Pink Posse of Georgia (CFWG), 807 South Park Street Carrollton, GA., 30117, or St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Educational Building Fund 3 Village Rd. Newnan, GA., 30265.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul McKnight Jr. and Totsie Carrasco McKnight; her sister, Margaret McKnight of Senoia; and her niece, Monica McKnight Lovett of Newnan.

She survived by her husband, Bill Underwood of Senoia; her children, Mallory (Chris) Reynolds of Hogansville, Will Underwood of Senoia; siblings, Ray (Julianne) McKnight of Newnan, Carl (Jill) McKnight of Senoia, Alice (Chris) Ramsey of Brooks, Jim McKnight of Senoia; nieces and nephews, Amanda (Steve) Alter of Marietta, Matt Lovett of Newnan, Mac, Carly, & Macy McKnight of Senoia, Jay McKnight of Senoia; great- nieces and nephews, Bailey & Drew Alter of Marietta, Jett and Mattie Louise Lovett of Newnan.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-253-4580.