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PARK HILL – Memorial services for Freddie “Fred” Glen Guthrie will be held on Friday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Rev. D.J. McCarter officiating. Freddie Glen Guthrie, or Fred to his family and friends, was born on Jan. 10, 1946, in Boxley, Ark., the son of Alfred and Jessie (Bowen) Guthrie. He moved with his eight brothers and sisters to Westville and graduated from Westville High School. On Jan. 15, 1967, he married his wife and constant companion, Betty F. Towie. This union was blessed with two sons, Freddie Wayne and James Patrick. Fred was in the construction industry, and was self employed. His passion was music; he played the guitar, mandolin, and bass, and was an avid fan of country music and southern gospel. Fred played with numerous bands in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. He played for senior citizens, birthday parties, and community centers all over northeastern Oklahoma. He enjoyed a day spent working in his garden and loved raising livestock such as cattle and hogs. He liked to travel and see someplace new and enjoyed going to yard sales in search of a bargain. He was stubborn and headstrong, yet possessed a keen sense of humor, and occasionally cut up in fun. He adored his grandchildren and enjoyed any chance he had to spend time with them. A Christian by faith, Fred was called to his eternal home on Aug. 16, 2015, at his home in Park Hill. Fred was 69 years old. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Fred is preceded in death by his mother, father, one brother, Les Guthrie and one sister, Geraldine Strode. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 48 years, Betty Guthrie of the home in Park Hill; his two sons, Freddie Wayne Guthrie and James Patrick Guthrie and wife Robbi, all of Park Hill. He leaves two brothers and three sisters, Lemuel Guthrie and wife Leora of Oregon, and Lyman Guthrie of California, Eileen St. Martin and husband Jerry of California, Viola Bales of Stilwell, Nina Lee Guthrie of Missouri, and Wanda Russell of Westville. His legacy lives on in his five grandchildren, Stacie Guthrie and companion Colten Boston; her brother, Chance Guthrie; and their mother, Cathy Guthrie, all of Tahlequah; Tyler Guthrie and fiancée, Heather Chuculate of Stilwell; Cole Guthrie; and Kylie Guthrie, both of Park Hill. He has two great-grandchildren, Conner Guthrie and BrenLeigh Ann Guthrie, all of Stilwell; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  August 19, 2015
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