S. Douglas Guthrie
1929 — 2010

Published 12:03 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

By Staff
Selden Douglas Guthrie, “Doug,” 81, a resident of Dillon Pointe in Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in Spartanburg.
The Carolinas mourn the loss of a true gentleman. Guthrie, a member of the Order of the Palmetto, was given the award by then South Carolina Governor, Carroll Campbell, in honor of a lifetime of service to the state of South Carolina. Born in Hyde County, NC, May 11, 1929, he was a son of the late Cecil Max and Mildred Godwin Guthrie He attended East Carolina University and was a graduate of Wofford College. He played varsity basketball for both schools. A veteran of the U. S. Army, he served his country during the Korean Conflict. He married the former Cora Elizabeth Myers in 1955. He held the position of Executive Vice-President in the Chamber of Commerce in several cities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Guthrie was a fierce athletic competitor all his life. He played collegiate and semi-pro basketball and was an avid tennis player. He retired in 1993 and moved to Washington, NC from Columbia, SC. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Washington, NC and loved eastern North Carolina. He served many years as an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. He faithfully served his God, his family and his country. He shall be sorely missed.
His wife, Cora, preceded him in death in 2008. A brother, Rex Beach Guthrie of Miami, FL also preceded him in death. Surviving are two half brothers, Derek Guthrie and Chris Guthrie; a son, Douglas M. Guthrie of Gaffney, SC; two daughters, Geri G. Busick of Charlottesville, VA and Betsi Guthrie of Banner Elk, NC; grandchildren Jessica Hughes, Scott Gwynn, Bob Gwynn, Rose Jackson , Bonnie Kozelka, Sarah Rothwell, and Andrew Busick; great-grandchildren, Savannah Hughes, Skylar Hughes, Judah Jackson and soon to be baby Rothwell.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church in Washington, N.C. Rev. Lee Kinney will officiate. The immediate family will attend the interment at a later date at Fairfield Cemetery in Hyde County.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to:Dillon Pointe, 104 Dillon Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29307, Specify “Alzheimers Wing Fund”
Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, N. C. where online sympathy messages may be sent to www.bryanfs.com.
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