John Berry GUTHRIE Jr.

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GUTHRIE, John Berry Jr.

of Largo, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home September 10, 2018. He was 92. John was born to J.B. and Marie Deibel Guthrie in Jacksonville, FL on July 22, 1926. The family moved to his grandparents' Jeffersonville, Indiana farm when John was 1 and to Bardstown, Kentucky when he was 11. He had fond memories of growing up around many cousins and with his siblings, Ruth, Robert, Mary, Mill and Lewis. After graduating from Bardstown High School (1944), he served in the U.S. Navy (WWII). John had a life-long love of sailing and the water.

John attended the University of Kentucky (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1950). After short-term jobs across the United States, John and his former spouse, Marion, settled in Largo in 1956. There he raised four children and lived ever since. He was an early recruit and worked 30 years at the General Electric Pinellas Plant. John was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, Dunedin and then Hope Presbyterian, where he faithfully served the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

In retirement John moved to Shipwatch Yacht Club and was active on the HOA board. Alongside the late Naomi Becker he passionately supported the St. Cecelia's Inter-Parrish Singles Club (SCIPS). He spent his last years enjoying life, dancing, entertainment, and meals with Hazel Burt and other dear friends at Royal Palms.

A soft-spoken and humble man, John will be remembered for his quick wit, funny phrases, kindness, thriftiness, and eagerness to lend a helping hand or take on a project. In addition to sailing, he loved dancing, biking, swimming, and growing plants.

John is survived by his children, John B. (Amy) Guthrie, Philip Guthrie, Anne (David) Pankratz, Jean (Brian) Bacardi; his grandchildren, John (Rachita) Guthrie, Thomas (Adrea) Guthrie, Steven (Rachel) Pankratz, Michael Pankratz, Kristen Pankratz, Braven Bacardi, Jared Bacardi, and Ranyar Bacardi; his great-grandchildren, Christopher and Juliana Pankratz and Zoey and Brooks Guthrie; his sisters, Mary Conley and Mildred Downing; and his brother, Lewis (Barbara) Guthrie.

A memorial service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 South Belcher Road, at 11 am, on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Friends are welcome to the service and reception that will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hope Presbyterian Church of Clearwater.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16, 2018
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