John Guthrie (JDG), a church member whom I had visited in the hospital on Thursday died today. He was 96.
Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Knoxville News-Sentinel:
GUTHRIE, JOHN DORRIS - age 96 of Knoxville Tennessee, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday morning January 17, 2009. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. He taught Sunday school for thirty five years and was Deacon for Life. John was born in Paris Tennessee in 1913. John married his sweetheart, Joan, three months before leaving for the South Pacific for 34 months to serve in WWII. After returning they started a family and he graduated from Peabody University School of Law. He was an attorney for the Veteran's Administration working with the Federal Government for 40 years and retired at age 91. In 1957 he moved his family from Nashville to Knoxville. He enjoyed life to the fullest; he was known for his gardening, passion for the Vols, love for his Lord and his family. He is survived by a loving family, his wife Joan of 66 years and son and daughter-in-law John and Robin Guthrie; daughter and son-in-law Janet and Bill Young; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Rod Wellman; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sallie Guthrie; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanie and Wayne Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Laura Guthrie; grandchildren: Eileen Boroughs, Anne Thomas, Michael Wellman, Jennifer Wellman, Sarah Byrd, Eli Byrd, Nathan Smith, Natalie Smith, David Guthrie, Deborah Guthrie; great grandchildren: Isaak Bing, Jonah Thomas, and Billy Boroughs. Memorial gifts can be made to the Mission Fund at Central Baptist Church of Bearden. The family will receive friends at Central Baptist Church of Bearden Tuesday night from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm. Graveside service will be Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Highland Memorial Cemetery in the mausoleum chapel. You can view Mr. Guthrie's online guestbook at www.highlandmemorialparks.com.