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GUFFEY GLEN GUFFEY Glen Guffey, 80, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on March 8, 2014 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, his son Michael Guffey, his daughter Glenda Best, his grandsons Jason Guffey and Michael Guffey, his great grandchildren Jayden Guffey and Arria Guffey, and his sister Thelma Smith. He is also survived by many other relatives in Forest City, NC. Glen will also be missed by his many friends in the Northern Virginia and North Carolina areas. Glen was born in Golden Valley, NC and joined the Army in his early 20'S where he served with distinction for over 20 years. He was severely injured in 1970 in Vietnam, and spent a year in Walter Reed recovering, against all odds, from horrific injuries. First they said he wouldn't survive. Then they said he would never walk or see again. But as his family and friends know all too well, he proved them wrong and he went on to live a long productive and happy life. Glen is the recipient of the Purple Heart and numerous other commendations. After his military career, Glen attended Johns Hopkins University where he received training as a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, first with Fairfax County and then on to a second career with the Federal Government. After suffering a stroke in 1987, he retired from the Government and entered a new career in real estate. His gentle and trusting nature enabled him to be quite successful in his new endeavor. Glen was also a member of the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge and was a Mason for over 50 years. He retired in 1990 and he and his wife Linda started a new life in the beautiful city of Tampa, FL. But eventually homesickness got the best of the both of them and they moved to Forest City, NC for a few years. But the pull of the Northern Virginia area with their many friends proved too strong and in 2001 they moved to Woodbridge, VA. Glen was what you would call a "human helper". First as a medic in the military and then, for over 40 years, he was very active in the Recovery Community. Glen was a wonderful husband, father and a loyal friend to many, many people. He was a kind man, a giving man, and very much at peace with the God of his understanding. And now his God has called him home and a new star in the heavens will shine brightly tonight. Glen's family will receive friends on Thursday, March 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA, where a Masonic Service will be performed. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Serenity Club, 8121-B Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309. A guest register and additional information may be found at www.everlyfuneralhomes.comwww.everlyfuneralhomes.com
Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 10, 2014