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Byron Thomson Guthrie

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Byron Thomson Guthrie, 60, of New Orleans, passed away at his home Monday, November 5, 2018 after struggling with poor health for years. He was born in Memphis, TN, and moved with his family to LA in 1966, first to Baton Rouge and later to New Orleans in 1973. Byron graduated from East Jefferson High School in 1976, one of the top 10 students in his class, and from LA Tech University in 1980 with a BA degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, he played drums with popular local band Silk and Steel as they toured throughout the south. Moving to NYC in 1984, Byron became a vital member of the East Village punk rock and underground art scene, bartending at the infamous King Tut's Wah Wah Hut on Ave A, and later at Joe's Bar. It was there that he flourished; known for his t-shirts, signs and flyers for the bar and drumming for bands such as Crash, Luna, Ultra Vivid Scene and the novelty band French Twist. Returning to New Orleans in 1994, Byron worked at Tower Records as head of the in-house art installations there until its close. At the same time he collected vintage cars which he loved and tricked out in traffic-stopping manner. Byron was preceded in death by his twin brother, artist Robert Guthrie, his father John William Guthrie, as well as his grandparents. He is survived by his mother Martha Guthrie, his son Benjamin Miles of NB, his brother John D. Guthrie (wife Margaret and children Byron and Sylvia) of MD, and his former wife Lise Ferraro of New Orleans. Byron was indeed one-of-a-kind, a true artist and gentle soul. He had a real sweetness about him with a huge and ready smile. Everyone who knew him loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial gathering at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 5875 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA on Saturday, January 12, 2019 beginning at 11:00 AM with a memorial service to follow at 12:15 PM. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 4 to Jan. 12, 2019
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