Hugh Dorsey Guthrie Sr.

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HUGH DORSEY GUTHRIE, SR. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Hugh Dorsey Guthrie Sr., age 92, of Jefferson, who passed away on September 6, 2007. He was born on April 30, 1915 in Gwinnett County, a son to the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. and Hannah Major Guthrie. Mr. Guthrie was a member of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church and was named for a former Georgia Governor. He was the youngest of 12 children and grew up in rural Gwinnett County. He attended Monroe A & M School where he played football for David L. Red Barron, the former GA Tech star, who was both coach and school president. After Monroe A & M School he attended Old Georgia Evening School, now known as Georgia State University, at night for two years. Dorsey arrived in Atlanta during the depression, getting a job in 1939 with the Ralston Company; and was sent to the livestock and poultry feed company's Augusta Checkerboard store as a clerk. The singer Eddie Arnold was most famous for his singing the Checkerboard commercial. Later when Guthrie became sales executive in Nashville, he traveled with Arnold and Minnie Pearl and played an old Purina Dealer in a sales promotion skit with the famed entertainers. He then married Emily Gammage, a Gwinnett farm native who was then working in a bank. He got back to Atlanta in 1956 by leaving Purina to take a job as regional sales manager for Ford Tractor. A year later Purina set up an Atlanta Regional office and he went back to work for that company. In 1963, to avoid another transfer, he moved over to Central Soya's southern region sales manager's post. Dorsey was regional sales manager for all 3 companies and was in charge of sixteen southern states. 10 years later in 1973 Dorsey Guthrie retired to devote more time to his growing real estate interests. Dorsey bought 240 acres in Pendergrass in 1973 and moved his farming operation to it. He kept 200-250 Holstein cattle at the farm and with that he supplied the replacement stock for R.L. Mathis Dairy. Beverly and Peter Guthrie came to Jackson County in 1985 to form a real estate development company, Guthrie Properties, in a joint venture with Dorsey on many developments. Jefferson Shores, Montgomery Shores, Lakeshore Woods, Hidden Lakes, The Highlands, West Shores, Forest Lake as well as Antrim Glen are very successful developments. Dorsey was very instrumental in the first stages on Northminster, now Bentley Assisted Living. Dorsey partnered with his two nephews, Bill Stark and Millard Bowen, developing Northminster Homes. Mr. Guthrie was also instrumental in starting the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club where he served on the board the very first year. He received the William H. Booth award in 2007. Survivors include wife, Emily Gammage Guthrie, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Kay Guthrie Autry (David) of Jefferson; sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh D. Guthrie (Susan) of Jefferson and Peter H. Guthrie (Beverly) of Jefferson; granddaughter, Shannon A. Loughridge (Glenn) and grandson, Phillip Guthrie Autry; great-grandchild, Gibson Dorsey Loughridge. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 10am in the Jefferson Presbyterian Church with Minister Michael Jarrett officiating. The burial will be at 1:00pm Saturday in the Sweetwater Chapel Cemetery on Pleasant Hill Rd in Lawrenceville. The visitation will be held on Friday, September 7 from 4-7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County, 412 Gordon Street, Jefferson, GA 30549 or the Jefferson Presbyterian Church, 243 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA 706-367-5467.
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Evans Funeral Home
1350 Winder Highway Jefferson, GA 30549
(706) 367-5467
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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 7, 2007