MOUNT HOLLY - James Patrick "Jim" Guin Jr., a lifelong native of Mount Holly, passed away early Monday morning after a courageous nine-month battle with lung cancer. His wife was by his side as he left this earth to serve the Lord.
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Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James P. Guin and Louise Guin Lanier.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Margaret "Mimi" Love Guin; father-in-law, J. Frank Love Jr. of Shelby; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn "Beth" Guin Beam and Steven Beam of Raleigh; son and daughter-in-law, James P. "Tripp" III and Caroline Wilson Guin of Charlotte; five grandchil-dren, Georgia and Eric Beam of Raleigh and Grace, Madelyn and Ava Guin of Charlotte; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael J. and Tonya Guin of At-lantic Beach, Fla..; his brother-in-law and his wife, Jim and Donna Love of Mount Holly; as well as his wife's step-siblings and their families, Thomas Jones of Hickory, Linda Kopel of Dallas, Texas, Jean Anne Barnes of Weston, Conn. He also leaves behind his nephews, Donovan Guin of Uxbridge, Mass., Frank Love IV of Brooklyn, N.Y.; nieces, Michelle Guin of Charlotte and Margaret Love of Somerville, Mass.; uncle, Kenneth Guin; cousins, Kay Guin, Buddy Guin, Perry Guin, Steve Guin, Donna Guin, Beth Guin, Harold Painter, Jack Painter and Brenda Painter.
Jim grew up in Mount Holly and attended the Mount Holly schools through high school. Following high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Upon graduation, he returned to Mount Holly to raise his family and to actively participate in the community. Jim was also a graduate of the Executive Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Jim was a sports enthusiast. He excelled at football in high school and loved to play tennis with his wife Mimi before his work travels got in the way.
Jim retired from American & Efird, Inc. in 2007 as Vice-President of the Consumer Sales Division after a 39-year career. He stayed busy both before and after retirement in many capacities. In 2005, Jim joined Interiors by Mimi, Inc., as Vice President of Marketing to assist his wife in growing and managing her business. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Home Sewing Association from 1996 to 2007. After his retirement, Jim became a licensed North Carolina real estate broker, having worked with Garibaldi Realty in Belmont, and Percival McGuire Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, LLC, in Charlotte. He had just accepted a job with his son at TRIPP Commercial Real Estate in Charlotte. Jim served on the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors and was a member of the North Carolina Realtors Association and the National Realtors Association.
Jim was a firm believer in giving back to the community he loved so much. He was a member of the Mount Holly Rotary Club, which he served as President in 1978. He was a member of the Mount Holly Jaycees, where he served as President in 1976, receiving the Distinguished Service Award and Jaycee of the Year in 1976. Jim served on the Planning and Zoning Board of Mount Holly from 1969 to 1977, on the Mount HollyDays Board of Direc-tors as the Public Relations Chairman, was the Chairman of the Tourism Development Authority of Mount Holly and volunteered on the Mount Holly Christmas Parade Committee and the United Way. In 2009, Jim was inducted into the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1963 Mount Holly High State Champion Football team. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly, where he has served as an Elder, a former Clerk of Session, President of the Men of the Church, Chairman of the Pastor Nominating Committee, Moderator of the Deacons and Churchman of the Year. Not only did Jim serve his local community with passion, he served his country with honor in the Unites States Army Reserve from 1969-1977.
A service of celebration will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly with the Rev. Jason Bryant officiating.
Interment will be at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Mount Holly.
The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Woodlawn Funeral Home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Memorial Garden at First Presbyterian Church, 133 South Main Street, Mount Holly , NC 28120 and to The
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Oct. 3, 2012