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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma


Edwin L. Guyott

May 4, 1924 ~ December 28, 2010

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: T.D.


Edwin L. Guyott, at the age 86, went to be with his Heavenly Father after a long battle with Alzheimer’s . He passed away December 28th at Clyde Cosper Veteran’s Home in Bonham, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Graveside services, with full military honors, will be Monday January 3, 2011 at the Highland Cemetery at 2:00 P.M., Reverend James Robinson will officiate. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Story, Ralph Houser, Urban Tinckham, Troy Parish, , Jackson Stuteville and James Butler.

He was born May 4, 1924, in Flora, Illinois to Ora Guyott and Lela Rose (Buzan) Guyott. He married the love of his life, Arydine Spanjer on June 11, 1942 in St. Charles, Mo. He was a 1942 graduate of Flora High School and named All-American High School Football Player. He was offered an athletic scholarship to Georgetown University but chose to enlist in the Navy. Edwin served in the Seabees in WWII October 1943-December 1945 where he was stationed in the Pacific.

He served 18 years with City of Flora, Illinois Police Department and later was appointed Chief of Police. He founded the Emergency Services (Civil Defense) in 1957 and served as director until 1992. He spent 4 years as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Clay County Sheriff’s department. He was a member of City Zoning Board. Edwin was active in Mason’s Lodge #204, Shiner’s, Clay County Regulator’s, Civil War Round Table, volunteer fireman, President of Flora Independent School Board, Commander of American Legion Post # 14 , member of VFW Post #7324, and a member of the Elk’s Lodge. In 1978, he was recognized by the Flora Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year. He was a member of the Flora First Christian Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school leader. Edwin spent numerous years as Instructor of Criminal Law. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader for local youth. He was a master woodworker and also enjoyed hunting and music with friends and family. Those who knew him found him to love and honor his God, family, country and community. Edwin was an honorable husband, father, grandfather and friend. He lived life giving to others while bringing sunshine to all who knew him and respected him. Edwin was a sacrificial man and delighted in bringing joy to others. He spent a lifetime giving to his community of Flora, Illinois and in September of 2000 he and his wife decided to move to Durant, Oklahoma to be closer to family.

Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and sister, Shirley Bushue of Missouri.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Venable and husband Nolan of Flora , Illinois, Mrs. Gertrude Guhl and husband Alvie of Ft. Meyers, Florida. His two daughters, Mrs. Deborah Tinckham and husband Urban of Rowlette, Texas and Mrs. Marsha Houser and husband Ralph of Durant, Oklahoma. Grandchildren Mr. Troy Parish and wife Susie of Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Teresa Parish-Christie and husband Dennis of El Cajon, California, Mrs. Aurora Butler and husband James of Leonard, Texas and Mrs. Melissa Story and husband Bobby of Durant, Oklahoma, and ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family hour will be from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Holmes ~ Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association.

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