Joseph Gaither Guffey

July 16, 1928December 16, 2018

We had a wonderful grandfather, Joseph "Doc"… One who never really grew old… His smile was made of sunshine, and his heart was made of solid gold… His eyes were as bright as a shining star... We had a wonderful grandfather, and that’s the way it will always be… He’s still keeping an eye on all of us, so let’s make sure he will like what he sees.

Joseph Gaither Guffey went to his eternal home at the age of 90, on Sunday morning, December 16, 2018. Joseph was married to his beautiful wife Julie, for 67 wonderful years prior to her passing away in 2015. Joseph was a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church of Gastonia, North Carolina.

Those left behind to cherish Joseph’s memory and carry on his legacy are: his sister, Thelma Melton and husband David; his son, Danny Ray Guffey of Gastonia, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Brooke Ramsey and husband Ted of Lincolnton, North Carolina, Katy Geymont and husband Jonathan of Lincolnton, North Carolina, Joseph D. Guffey and Danielle Jacobs of Gastonia, North Carolina; five great-grandchildren: Harper, Jackson, Gemma, Sierra and Brody.

Joseph was the son of the late Plato Guffey and Linnie Hutchins Guffey. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Julie Haas Guffey; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Childers who passed away in June of 2018; sisters: Minnie Nichols, Inez Burrell, Chalma Castle, Vernice Thompson, Melyna Stewart and Azylee White; brothers: Clyde Guffey, Kolen Guffey and Paul William Guffey.

A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony will be held at 12:00 PM ~ Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054 with Reverends Scott Whitener and Phil Harrington to deliver the words of comfort and hope to Joseph's family and friends.

Active pallbearers are Ted Ramsey, Jonathan Geymont, Joseph D. Guffey, Brody Jacobs, and Danny Ray Guffey.

Joseph's family will receive guests from 11:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM Wednesday prior to the ceremony.

The committal service will follow the ceremony in the Apostles' Garden, Mark Section, at Gaston Memorial Park.

Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be made on Joseph’s guestbook at

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the family of Joseph Guffey.


  • Ted Ramsey
  • Jonathan Geymont
  • Joseph D. Guffey
  • Brody Jacobs
  • Danny Ray Guffey


  • Receiving of Guests Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Graveside and Committal Service Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Joseph Gaither Guffey

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Betty Brooks Grant

December 18, 2018

Danny, My mother and I were so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. I have known your parents my entire life. I had an opportunity to visit with them both when I brought my mom to Gastonia a few years ago. I am sure my Dad was there waiting and that they are both sitting around solving the problems of the world like they did for over 50 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ann Brooks and Betty Brooks Grant