Age: 76 Address: Elk Park, North Carolina Date of Death: Saturday, March 1, 2014 Arrangements: Yancey Funeral Service
Details: Helen Birchfield Guinn went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 1st at Johnson City Medical Center.
She was born March 16th, 1937 in Carter County, TN to the late Tom and Myrtle Freeman Birchfield. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Jackie Ray Birchfield and special friend, Betty Hill Cable. Helen was a 1957 graduate of Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, was a librarian at Elk Park School and was a teacher’s assistant at both Elk Park and Freedom Trail Elementary for over 35 years. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church and was with the Order of the Eastern Star for over 40 years, most recently with Roan Mountain Chapter #29. Her interests included cooking, canning and collecting cook books. She was a kind and caring soul who dearly loved her family and friends, was always thinking of others and will be truly be missed by all who knew her.
Surviving is her loving husband of 58 years, Willie “Bill” Allen Guinn; grandmother, Sally Freeman of Roan Mountain; two sons: Tommy Guinn and wife, Connie, and Robert “Bob” Guinn, all of Elk Park; sister, Paulette Street and husband, Larry, of Roan Mountain; three grandchildren: Thomas Guinn II and girlfriend, Joannie Benfield of Roan Mountain, Michelle Guinn Whitley and husband, Joel, and Nicole Guinn, all of Elk Park; four great-grandchildren: Bryson and Jadyn Whitley, Coleton McKinney and Abigail Guinn; aunts: Mable Gouge, Florence Birchfield, Pat Chambers, Kathy Storie and Barbara McKinney; uncles: Ray, Bob, Garfield, Frank and Buster Freeman and special friends: Frankie “Nana” Bare and Alma Hoilman.
Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4th at Elk Park Christian Church. Revs. John McCurry and Brian Griffith will officiate. Music will be under the direction of Jennie Jarrett. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. prior to the services and at other times will be at the home of Tommy and Connie Guinn on Turkey Knob Lane. Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Guinn Family Cemetery at 377 Old Mill Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Roan Mountain Chapter 29 Order of the Eastern Star at PO Box 531, Bakersville, NC 28705 and would like to express a special thank you to all the staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Home and Johnson City Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Helen.
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