OBITUARY

Fred James Guthrie

October 25, 1931June 8, 2018
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Fred James Guthrie, age 86, of Birmingham, Alabama passed peacefully on June 8, 2018. He was born on October 25,1931 in Midway, Mississippi to Johnie and IV Guthrie. He was one of six children.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Lilly Anne (Ingram) Guthrie and his brother John Guthrie.

Survivors include Fred's loving children, Sharon Thomas, Larry Guthrie and Barry Guthrie; son-in-law, John Thomas; daughters-in-law, Kathy Meadows and Denise Giles Guthrie; grandchildren, Jennifer Ilig Patko, Daniel lllg, Devin Guthrie, and Lilly Guthrie; great-grandchildren, Andon and Anna Kate Patko; sisters, Bobbie Edmondson, Norma Cary, Sue Womack, and Carol Papenfuss; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.

Fred married the great love of his life, Lilly Ann Ingram, prior to shipping out to serve his country during the Korean War. After returning home, he began a successful career in the Oil and Gas industry in New Orleans, Louisiana, retiring from Chevron in 1991. He lived and worked in many places during his career but truly loved his time in New Orleans, where he made many life-long friendships through his active service at both First Baptist Kenner and Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, and through his many softball and bowing teams.

Fred and Ann settled in Birmingham, Alabama after retiring to be closer to their grandchildren. He met and made many wonderful friends in the years he spend in Birmingham. He loved playing cards, attending Bible studies at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, Alabama, and sharing a good meal with dear friends and family.

Fred's life will be honored and celebrated at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 with visitation at 12:30 p.m. and a chapel service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Fred's family kindly requests donations be made in his name to UAB Department of Neurology/Alzheimer's Research, c/o UAB Gift Record AB1230, 1728 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0012. Or visit www.uab.edu/give/alzheimers to give.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • A Celebration of Mr. Guthrie's Life Tuesday, June 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

Fred James Guthrie

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Roy Johnson

June 15, 2018

I am Happy and Honored to have know Fred and call him my friend. Many wonderful memories of Fred, Ann and family. Rest now in peace my friend in your heavenly home. We will meet again one day.

Nicole C

June 15, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s promise of a resurrection where we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away and will never be separated by death again - John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3,4

Rhonda and John Pritchard

June 13, 2018

Mr. Fred was oftentimes the first person that a visitor to FBC Kenner would meet. He was a deacon and an usher and I fondly recall his friendliness and sense of humor. Praying for the Lord's comfort as you say goodbye to this big-hearted man. ~Rhonda (Horne) Pritchard

Yvonne and Robert White

June 13, 2018

We remember Fred’s warm smile and great sense of humor.
Praying for comfort and peace for his dear family.

John (Tommy) Guthrie

June 12, 2018

Uncle, You will be missed. The smile you brought with you when you visited, the love in your voice, the friendship you provided us with, and the dedication to your family will always be remembered.
We will also remember your competitiveness at card games, coin toss and challenges you gave us as we grew.
Although it has been some time that we have seen you we will cherish all of our memories as if we’re yesterday.
God is waiting with open arms ...
Love You Uncle

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Biography

Fred James Guthrie, age 86, of Birmingham, Alabama passed peacefully on June 8, 2018. He was born on October 25,1931 in Midway, Mississippi to Johnie and IV Guthrie. He was one of six children.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Lilly Anne (Ingram) Guthrie and his brother John Guthrie.

Survivors include Fred's loving children, Sharon Thomas, Larry Guthrie and Barry Guthrie; son-in-law, John Thomas; daughters-in-law, Kathy Meadows and Denise Giles Guthrie; grandchildren, Jennifer Ilig Patko, Daniel lllg, Devin Guthrie, and Lilly Guthrie; great-grandchildren, Andon and Anna Kate Patko; sisters, Bobbie Edmondson, Norma Cary, Sue Womack, and Carol Papenfuss; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.

Fred married the great love of his life, Lilly Ann Ingram, prior to shipping out to serve his country during the Korean War. After returning home, he began a successful career in the Oil and Gas industry in New Orleans, Louisiana, retiring from Chevron in 1991. He lived and worked in many places during his career but truly loved his time in New Orleans, where he made many life-long friendships through his active service at both First Baptist Kenner and Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, and through his many softball and bowing teams.

Fred and Ann settled in Birmingham, Alabama after retiring to be closer to their grandchildren. He met and made many wonderful friends in the years he spend in Birmingham. He loved playing cards, attending Bible studies at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, Alabama, and sharing a good meal with dear friends and family.