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Randolph M. Guthrie

October 4, 1927 - July 26, 2014

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date July 29, 2014

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The family and friends of Randolph Marshall Guthrie are celebrating his life as they mourn his death on Saturday, July 26, at MCV in Richmond, Virginia. A solid member of the Greatest Generation, Ran’s life is a legacy of love, service, and devotion to his family, his church and his community. Ran was born at home in Clarkton, on October 4, 1927, the third son of Flournoy Caldwell Guthrie and Virginia Turner Guthrie. The day before he died, he celebrated sixty-one years of marriage to his soulmate Elizabeth “Doug” Ferguson Guthrie. His words of wit and wisdom and his life of joy and faith will continue to inspire his children and grandchildren including his son Randy and wife Lorene, his daughter Gwen and her husband Jimmy Windle, his daughter Beth and her husband Forrest Layne, grandchildren Ashley Talley, Trey Davis and wife Kristin, Bryn Hamlett, Diamond and Michael Windle, Joel Layne, and great grandson, Colton Hamlett. He joins his eldest daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Elliott Davis, in God’s loving arms.

Ran is also survived by brothers James E. Guthrie and Max R. Guthrie and sisters Ann Jennings and Patty Yates. He was also preceded in death by brothers Robert A. Guthrie and Charles. F. “Sam” Guthrie, and sister Mavin Adams. He was a lifetime member and loved the people of Childrey Baptist Church, serving in almost every office in the church and singing bass in the choir every Sunday.

Ran served in the Merchant Marines and as a paratrooper in the US Army, travelling to Russia, Romania, France, and Japan. He attended Lynchburg College and graduated from the University of Miami after transferring to Florida on a dare. He held many jobs and started several businesses in his lifetime including working in tobacco for fifty cents a day and selling paint, shoes, and office supplies. He worked for Burlington Industries for many years in Halifax, Drakes Branch and Brookneal. He gained business experience at eight years old selling belts in Ran’s Belt Factory and put that knowledge to good use when he started Ran Guthrie Auction and Realty in Brookneal. He loved selling and buying land and helping people find homes. Many Saturdays, the whole family would conduct personal property auctions in Halifax and Campbell Counties.

After retirement, Ran made roomfuls of beautiful walnut furniture for his family and even custom-created many pieces for sale. He and Doug enjoyed travelling all over the country first on a homemade travel trailer and then later in their Airstream.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at Childrey Baptist Church in Nathalie and conducted by Rev. Jerry Stanfield. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, July 28, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Henderson Funeral Home in Brookneal. Memorials may be made to Ran’s favorite organizations of which he was a lifetime member: the Brookneal Lion’s Club or Gideons