Gary Lon Guy
Published 2:49 pm Thursday, March 23, 2023
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts
to prove to us…
He only takes the best.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done and what he can do. On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, God called home his good and faithful servant, Gary Lon Guy, at the age of 69. God’s word assures us that a man such as Gary has entered into his Lord’s kingdom.
Born in the Poga/Flat Springs community on April 1, 1953 to the late Gurnie and Hazel Guy, Gary had been a lifelong resident of the community. Gary had suffered great sorrow at the loss of his parents, as well as his sister, Donnis Guy Trivette.
Hard work was a way of life for Gary and no truer servant both to the Lord and his family could be found. He found happiness in helping others in need and nothing, not even sickness, would keep him from that. To say that Gary was a good person would be a tremendous understatement. He was a wonderful and doting father, husband, brother, grandpa and friend and was also known to many as “Uncle Bub.”
A talented carpenter by trade, Gary had worked for various construction companies building countless houses in Boone, Linville, Mountain City, and surrounding areas. His work ethic was unparalleled and he was sought after by many for his skill. But, for all of his talent, his greatest talent was love and showing that love to everyone, adults, children and the elderly. In the winter months, you could find Gary cutting wood for elderly folks, widows, or the sick or maybe plowing out neighbor’s driveways of snow so they could get out to town. In summer months, Gary would plow gardens for neighbors, make repairs to their homes or his church and then work his own garden, which he always willingly shared his crop in the fall with anyone that had a need. The first to arrive at any crisis or funeral service, Gary was also the last to leave after making sure every detail was attended to for the family. Gary made doing the right thing look simple, although we all know it wasn’t simple and we also know our community and the world was richer for knowing and receiving the gift of a giving, kind and loving heart that was Gary.
Gary loved his family and took so much pride in their accomplishments and the details of their lives. Children of all ages loved Gary and he was affectionately called “the baby whisperer” because he loved them, cared for them, played with them and showed them true love and their importance. He made everyone feel as though they were somebody to be treasured. A man among men, Gary was a lifelong member of Stone Mountain Baptist Church, where he attended alongside his beautiful wife and his children and grandchildren.
Gary leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 blessed years, Shirley Potter Guy; his beloved children: Angie (Robert) Sutherland and Jordan (Annie) Guy; the lights of his life, his grandchildren: Will (Kassi) Sutherland, Brandon Sutherland, Grayson Guy and Norah Guy; his brother, Ricky (Beverly) Guy; his sisters, Oma Lambert and Regena (Loyd) Cable; his constant companion, Jack the Pug; his close friend, Dario Valezquez “Junior”; and his neighbors, his church family and extended family that will remember and cherish him for the remainder of our lives.
The family would like everyone to join us in a homegoing celebration of our beloved Gary’s life on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton with Pastor Joe Browning Jr. officiating. A time to visit with the family to share memories and love will be conducted from 1 p.m. until the service hour of 3 p.m.
Gary will be laid to rest in the Stone Mountain Cemetery following the service on Sunday. Active pallbearers will be Will Sutherland, Brandon Sutherland, Tony Guy, Jimmy Guy, Dennis Guy and Brandon Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Ward, Ed Storey, Bob Trivette and Todd Trivette. Our greatest gift to Gary is now to carry on his love and kindness – for in this way, we give him life. Show kindness every day, share love freely and willingly in memory of Gary.
Matthew 25:21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family by visiting our website: www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 211 North Riverside, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423) 542-2232, is truly honored to serve the family of Mr. Gary Guy.