Dr. Bobby Austin Guilfoil
GLASGOW - Guilfoil, Dr. Bobby Austin, 76, passed away September 27, 2011, peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

Bobby joyfully joins his wife of 50 years, Sherry Dale Little Guilfoil, who passed away May 25, 2011. Bobby grew up on a farm in Athens, KY, where he developed his love for the land and animals. He attended Athens High School, playing baseball and basketball, and was active in FFA and 4-H. After graduating from Athens High School, he attended the University of Kentucky where he studied Animal Science. He left UK prior to obtaining his degree in order to accept a coveted slot at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, where he met his wife Dale. He was a member of Omega Tau Sigma professional fraternity at Auburn. He graduated from Auburn in 1961 and afterwards, was commissioned in the US Army and stationed in Staten Island, NY. He proudly served as relief veterinarian for the West Point mules. He left the service as a captain and moved back to his beloved Kentucky where he and Dale settled in Glasgow to practice veterinary medicine and raise their family.

While in Glasgow, his love for politics emerged, leading him to being awarded Barren County Democrat of the Year in 1997, and becoming Chairman of the Barren County Democrat party in 2000. Along with politics (and his famous political pig roasts), his passion for not only animal health, but the welfare of his community, lead him to service on the Barren County Board of Health. He actively served for 40 years. He was appointed to the local Board in 1966, was Elected Chairman in 1994, where he remained until June 2006. He also was appointed to the District Board of Health in 1999. He was a longtime member and Deacon of First Christian Church in Glasgow.

While he believed in technology in his field, he was known for his innate ability to read animals and their needs. He developed life long friendships in the fields of Barren County where he was known to stop in between "calls" to show off his tobacco cutting abilities, well-honed as a child. He was compassionate and gentle, always optimistic and never in a hurry. He always had time to share.

He is survived by his three children, Kelly Knight (Judson), Marc A. Guilfoil (Katherine) all of Lexington and Micah G. Guilfoil (John Ridgill) of Louisville. He will be terribly missed by his grandchildren, Mia Moross, Jane Brady Knight, John Austin Guilfoil and Lily Guilfoil, all of Lexington. He also is survived by Troy C. Venables (Giovanna) of Danville whom he considered an adopted son. Of his eight siblings, he is survived by sisters, Patricia Ellis of Lexington, Angela Tartar of North Carolina, and a brother, Mike Guilfoil, of Lexington. He is also survived by his beloved Aunt Florence Baesler of Lexington.

He is predeceased by his wife, Sherry Dale Little Guilfoil, originally from Hokes Bluff, AL, his parents, John Andrew and Lula Baesler Guilfoil, his brothers John "Junie" Guilfoil Jr., Charles Edward Guilfoil; and sisters, Doris Guilfoil Phelps, Lois Guilfoil Burton and Nancy Guilfoil Graham. He also lost two of his best friends in the death of his in-laws, William "Bill" and Hazel Little of Hokes Bluff.

Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church of Glasgow on Friday September 30, 2011 at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at 9 a.m. Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

The family would like to express appreciation to Home Instead Senior Care, T.J. Sampson Hospice services, Van Homecare and the wonderful caring sitters who showed such compassion and love to both Bobby and Dale at the last of their lives. The family would also like to thank the community and Bobby and Dale's friends for over 47 years who made their lives and deaths so special.

Alternative forms of expression of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to Barren River Animal Welfare Association "BRAWA" of Glasgow.

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Published by Courier-Journal from Sep. 28 to Sep. 30, 2011.
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Dear Kelly, Marc, Micah and family,
Bobby was such a gentle and special man, one we all looked up to. May the Lord comfort and heal your spirits as you grieve. Love to you all.
Judy and John Cooter
October 1, 2011
Dear Ms. Knight,
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. Take comfort in knowing that your father touched the lives of so many people and animals in such a positive way, and that he is at peace. He will always be with us in spirit.
Dale Ober
September 30, 2011
To the Family of Dr. Guifoil,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Unfortunately I am unable to be there today. Dr. Guilfoil was an awesome teacher and mentor to me as I pursued a career in veterinary medicine. He openly shared his knowledge and skills with me and created learning opportunities for me during high school and an internship while at Purdue University. I am so thankful for his kind spirit. He helped me establish a firm foundation in my career and I am living my dream today. To God Be the Glory for all He has done through the life of Dr. Guilfoil. Sincerely, Blanche Bailey Benedict, formerly known as Shawn Bailey.
Blanche Benedict
September 30, 2011
Micah, Saw this name on line and figured you were related. My condolences.
Kim Reynolds
September 28, 2011
Dear Micah and John,

My thoughts and prayers are with you...What a beautiful life story your father has and now there will be an infinite life story in heaven with his beloved wife, where there will be no more physical pain.. Your parents are now spiritual angels still with you and still loving you. Micah, the way you took the time out of your practice to be with both of your parents, is so genuinely touching. Too many times people get caught up in the busy-ness of life, that they miss the purpose of life, which is to love....and to be loved. May you know that your fellow Saturday evening 'Saints' are embracing your hearts with an abundance of hugs...We care deeply for you.

Can you feel our hugs?

Michelle Shaffner
Michelle Shaffner
September 28, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We know how close the two of your were. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during your time of sorrow.
Jeanie Burgan & Becky Powell
September 28, 2011
Micah (John) - You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Paul & Jennifer Bolte
September 28, 2011
To Angie Tarter,
I just wanted you to know you are in our prayers with the loss of your brother. I do not know your and Jim's address or phone number so have relied on this message to you. God bless you and your family
Dallas Sharpe
Dallas Sharpe
September 28, 2011
We are truly sad to hear of the passing of your dad. God bless each of you.
Jimmy & Bonnie Hughes
September 28, 2011