GIRDLETREE -- Edwin "Ed" H. Guthrie, 80, of Girdletree died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at his home in Girdletree.
He was born July 19, 1928, in Salisbury as a son of the late Julia Guthrie Beauchamp.
Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for two tours and served during the Korean conflict. He was responsible for managing a medic corps in the Army and trained at Walter Reed Hospital. He then left the medic corps to run a communication section, in which he began his training in electronics. He was an active member of American Legion Post 67 in Snow Hill for more than 55 years and a member of Bates Memorial United Methodist Church in Snow Hill. He retired in 1991 as a sergeant for the Worcester County Sheriff's Office after more than 20 years, where he was fondly known as "Pop-Pop." After retirement, he continued to work on a contractual basis for the Sheriff's Office, maintaining their radios, electronic equipment and computers. He loved riding his Honda Gold Wing and cherished the memories of the many motorcycle trips he took with family and friends. He was a diehard country music fan.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Adkins Guthrie, whom he married on June 18, 1954; a son, Ed Guthrie and his wife, Connie, of Elkton, Md.; a daughter, Sherry Lauer and her husband, Larry, of Girdletree; a granddaughter, Julie Lauer of Girdletree; and a sister, Amanda Louise Reid and her husband, Wade, of South Carolina. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Bates Memorial United Methodist Church in Snow Hill, where family and friends may call from 1-2 p.m. The Revs. Kenneth D. Elligson and Mark A. Avens will officiate. Interment will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802; or American Legion Post 67, PO Box 161, Snow Hill, Md. 21863.
Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar.
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