GUTHRIE JAMES B

LTC James B Guthrie was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/22/2012 at the age of 83.3
Selma, AL
Date of Birth 11/01/1928
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by SSN search Aug 2013

More detail on this person: James Barnard "Jimmy" Guthrie James B. Guthrie, age 83, of Selma, died Wednesday February 22, 2012. Mr. Guthrie served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1971. He toured in Vietnam, Korea, Philippines and Germany and received a Bronze Star, 5 Air Medals, Commendation Medal, Meritorios Service Medal and many others. From 1971 to 1991 Mr. Guthrie served as the director for the City of Selma Parks and Recreation Department. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge, Retired Officers Association, Past Member of 10 years on the Board of Directors at Grist YMCA and the Selma Country Club. Mr. Guthrie was an avid golfer and hunter and most of all loved to spend time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Tyndall Guthrie; sons, John Todd (Karen) Guthrie and James Kevin (Melanie) Guthrie; grandchildren, Justin Guthrie, Heather Guthrie and Jordan Guthrie; sister, Hazel Hamilton; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. A chapel service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday February 24, 2012 at Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home with Reverend Lee Tate officiating and burial following in New Live Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home Friday. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Selma Recreation Department Attn: Coach Reese, P.O. Box 450 Selma, AL 36702-In Memory of James B. Guthrie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> James Barnard Guthrie (Jimmy) James Barnard Guthrie, born November 1, 1928 Anniston, AL, Calhoun County moved to Selma when 2 years old. Daddy Earnest Harry Guthrie-retired from Southern Railroad after 44 years. Deceased mother, Audrey Mae Olgesby Guthrie, housewife; deceased brother, Ralph Sidney Guthrie-Retired U.S. Air Force after 30 years; Deceased sisters, Betty Guthrie Shoults; Joyce Guthrie Franks, Patricia Claire Guthrie; survived by sister, Hazel Guthrie Hamilton. Education: First thru 3rd grade- Baker School, Selma,AL.; Fourth thru 6th grade-Dallas Academy School, Selma, AL.; Seventh Grade-Jr. High School, Selma, AL.; Eighth thru 9th grade-Plantersville, AL.; Tenth thru 12th grade-Albert G. Parrish High School, Selma, AL.; College-Freshman thru Sophomore-East Mississippi Jr. College-Scooba, Miss. (football scholarship) Immediate Family: Wife Wanda Marie Tyndall Guthrie, married June 23, 1956; son, James Kevin Guthrie (Melanie Strang Guthrie) of Smyrna, Tenn.; grandsons, Justin Kyle Guthrie and Jordan Tyler Guthrie; granddaughter, Heather Nicole Guthrie; son, John Todd Guthrie (Karen Looney Guthrie), Montgomery, AL. Most of my years as a youngster I pursued athletics. Before high school days I was active in all sports at the Selma YMCA. Paul Grist was my first basketball coach. In high school I played varsity baseball, basketball, and football for Coach Comer Sims. Our basketball team won 88 straight games and 2 state tournaments. A record that has yet to be broken. In 3 years of football we only lost 4 football games. I was fortunate to be placed on the ALL State Football team in my senior year, 1947, and made honorable mention in basketball. After high school I received a football scholarship to attend East Miss. Jr. College. Graduated with a 2 yr., degree in 1951. January 16, 1951 (during Korea War) joined Army-served (after infantry O.C.S. at Ft. Benning, GA. and airborne school in Korea as a platoon leader in the 25th Infantry Division for 1 year. Returned to states to attend fixed wing school at Ft. Rucker, AL. Soon after fixed wing school I was sent back to Fort Rucker for helicopter school. After more schools we was stationed to Germany for 3 years with the 4th Armor Division. On our return to the states I attended advanced offices school at Ft. Benning, GA. After graduation I was sent to the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. left Ft. Campbell June 1964 for a tour of 1 year in Vietnam as an army pilot supporting combat troops. While there I was awarded the Bronze Star and 5 air medals. Returned to Ft. Bragg in late 1965 assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. While there we were sent to Command and General Staff College at Ft. Levenworth, Kansas. After graduation back to Fort Bragg until 1968 when we were assigned to JUSMAG in the Philippines. Served there for 18 months then back to Fort Benning for retirement. January 1 1971 as Lt. Colonel. Relocated back home to Selma,AL. Was Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Selma for 20 years. Retired November 1, 1990. Now play golf-spend lots of time with wife, sons, and grandchildren. Happy! Having a good life! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. The Selma Times Journal - Published 12:09am Friday, March 2, 2012

Burial information: New Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, AL

This information was last updated 12/09/2017

Please send additions or corrections to: HQ@vhpa.org VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 09/19/2018


Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association