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Jo Alice Guyer

March 17, 1931March 27, 2021
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Jo Alice (Koonce) Guyer, age 90, departed her Earthly Home in Memphis, Tennessee for her Heavenly Home, on Saturday, March 27, 2021 She was born in Halls, Tennessee, but grew up in Risco, Missouri. She was a graduate of Risco High School. After graduation, she moved to Memphis, where she met & married Henry L. Guyer, now deceased. She was retired from Sears Crosstown, after 30 plus years as a mail order typist. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, formerly Ardmore Baptist, for over 60 years.

She leaves behind a daughter, Sandra Langley (Russell) of Ripley, Tennessee, 2 sons, David L. Guyer (Anita) of Hernando, Mississippi and Roger W. Guyer (Angie Howerton) of Memphis. She also leaves 6 grandchildren, Nickie Langley (Matt Fletcher) of Germantown, Tennessee, Sharon Langley Shipley (Josh) of Memphis, Mark Guyer, of Hernando, Amber Guyer Fisk (A.J.) of Christina, Tennessee, Aylssa Guyer (Brayden Baker) of Spokane, Washington, and Elise Guyer of Memphis. Four great grandchildren, Alana Grissom, Sydney Permenter, Sam Shipley and Norah Shipley, and baby boy Fisk due in May, 2021. Among others left behind are several nieces and nephews, three sisters in law, Betty Koonce, of West Bloomfield, MI, Carolyn Guyer Graves, of Grand Junction, Tennessee, and Patricia Guyer of Crump, Tennessee. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, T. H. and Roxie Koonce, three brothers, Herbert, Orville and Donald Koonce, one sister, Jamie Belle Koonce and one grandson, John Travis Langley.

Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue has charge of services. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM; funeral services will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM, all at the funeral home. Funeral services will be livestreamed via https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/jo-guyer-10127229; scroll to the day of the funeral & click JOIN LIVESTREAM. Graveside committal services will follow at Memphis Memory Gardens on 6444 Raleigh LaGrange Road.

For friends and family wishing to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Henry L. Guyer, Husband (deceased)
  • T.H. and Roxie Koonce, Parents (deceased)
  • Herbert, Orville and Donald Koonce, Brothers (deceased)
  • Jamie Belle Koonce, Sister (deceased)
  • John Travis Langley, Grandson (deceased)
  • Sandra Langley (Russell), Daughter
  • David L. Guyer (Anita) and Roger W. Guyer (Angie Howerton), Sons
  • Nickie Langley (Matt Fletcher), Sharon Langley Shipley (Josh), Mark Guyer, Amber Guyer Fisk (A.J.), Aylssa Guyer (Brayden Baker), and Elise Guyer, Grandchildren
  • Alana Grissom, Sydney Permenter, Sam Shipley and Norah Shipley, and baby boy Fisk due in May, 2021, Great Grandchildren
  • Betty Koonce, Carolyn Guyer Graves, and Patricia Guyer, Sister-in-laws
  • She also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 2, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 2, 2021

Memories

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Diane Jackson

April 2, 2021

What a great lady. You will always be in my heart. So glad I got
to spend so much extra time with you. I am going to miss those
once a month phone calls. You was always available when the family called for help. I think your family did a great job showing
your life through the pictures they posted. I seen a lot of great memories. You where called home to rest now. You did your job well. Rest in peace now.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered "come to me." With tearful eyes I watched you, and saw you pass away. Although I loved you dearly I could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my...heart to prove to me, He only takes the BEST. Love always Diane

AMBER GUYER FISK

March 30, 2021

My Granny! I wouldn’t be who I am today without her. She made sure I grew up in church and had the opportunity to develop a relationship with God. She taught me core life values and she sacrificed her time (and probably a little bit of her sanity) to help raise me and my sister. She was quick to forgive any mistake I made while continuing to steer me in the right direction. She inspired me in so many areas of my life and I always strived to make her proud. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model!

I have so many amazing / favorite memories of her. I hate that Alzheimer Disease took over the last few years of her life. Even during those last few years, we managed to still make a few good memories as if that horrible disease wasn’t even present. I remember us laughing a lot, on many different occasions, and those are my most favorite memories of her. She was the best of the best and I will forever miss her ❤️

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Biography

Jo Alice (Koonce) Guyer, age 90, departed her Earthly Home in Memphis, Tennessee for her Heavenly Home, on Saturday, March 27, 2021 She was born in Halls, Tennessee, but grew up in Risco, Missouri. She was a graduate of Risco High School. After graduation, she moved to Memphis, where she met & married Henry L. Guyer, now deceased. She was retired from Sears Crosstown, after 30 plus years as a mail order typist. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, formerly Ardmore Baptist, for over 60 years.

She leaves behind a daughter, Sandra Langley (Russell) of Ripley, Tennessee, 2 sons, David L. Guyer (Anita) of Hernando, Mississippi and Roger W. Guyer (Angie Howerton) of Memphis. She also leaves 6 grandchildren, Nickie Langley (Matt Fletcher) of Germantown, Tennessee, Sharon Langley Shipley (Josh) of Memphis, Mark Guyer, of Hernando, Amber Guyer Fisk (A.J.) of Christina, Tennessee, Aylssa Guyer (Brayden Baker) of Spokane, Washington, and Elise Guyer of Memphis. Four great grandchildren, Alana Grissom, Sydney Permenter, Sam Shipley and Norah Shipley, and baby boy Fisk due in May, 2021. Among others left behind are several nieces and nephews, three sisters in law, Betty Koonce, of West Bloomfield, MI, Carolyn Guyer Graves, of Grand Junction, Tennessee, and Patricia Guyer of Crump, Tennessee.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, T. H. and Roxie Koonce, three brothers, Herbert, Orville and Donald Koonce, one sister, Jamie Belle Koonce and one grandson, John Travis Langley.

Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue has charge of services. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM; funeral services will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM, all at the funeral home. Funeral services will be livestreamed via https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/jo-guyer-10127229; scroll to the day of the funeral & click JOIN LIVESTREAM. Graveside committal services will follow at Memphis Memory Gardens on 6444 Raleigh LaGrange Road.

For friends and family wishing to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.