William Edwin Guthrie, 82, of Houston, TX passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. He was born December 20, 1934 to Jack Guthrie and Valerie Ramsey Guthrie in Walnut, NC.
Bill attended high school in Walnut, NC where he graduated top of his class, played varsity football, basketball and baseball. After graduation Bill served in the Army during the Korean War from 1957 to 1959. He was an expert gunner and tank driver in the 37th Armor, Company 8. While serving he received several letters of commendation for superior ability and outstanding achievement. After the military and living in Florida, Bill moved to Texas to work with his best friend Chuck Miller of Chuck Miller Ford for over 27 years. Not being successful at retirement, he then opened his own business, Bill’s Wrecker Service for several years. He then moved back home to Ashville, NC where he worked at Dunahoe Shaw Ford due to his love of cars and racing. Upon returning to Texas, after his granddaughter was born, he worked at Auto Tech in Friendswood for 16 years.
Bill loved riding his many Harley’s he had over the years, taking care of his vehicles and dog “Bandit” meticulously, NASCAR Racing, country western dancing and Football. He loved spending his spare time supporting his grand-daughter in all her activities, from going to her softball games, attending her choir performances to most recently attending her high school musical.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Valerie Guthrie from Walnut, NC and other relatives.
Bill is survived by stepdaughters, Alisa Sutton and Alana Groneman; son-n-law, Kevin Groneman; grand-daughter, Cierra Sutton; and many friends.
Bill was always willing to help out anyone in need, family or friends. Bill was a very loving, generous man who loved with all his heart. Bill “Paw Paw” will truly be missed.
A memorial service was held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Guthrie family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.