Charles Melvin Guthrie

Charles Melvin Guthrie

March 27, 1925 - April 26, 2020
Midlothian, VA

Charles Melvin Guthrie

March 27, 1925 - April 26, 2020
Midlothian, VA


Charles Melvin Guthrie, 95, of Chesterfield, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Mary Linda Chenault Guthrie; devoted father of Linda Guthrie Murray and Carolyn Guthrie Giardina (Frank); grandfather of Zachary Guthrie Murray and Patrick McCane Murray; brother of Connie Richardson Conklin. Charles is also survived by his loving cat and his granddogs. A private family service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 2 at the Morrissett Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be streamed on his obituary page found at Interment will follow at Dale Memorial Park.

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18 responses to Charles Melvin Guthrie

  1. Linda & Carolyn, my prayers are with you during this sad time. May God comfort you both & your families now & in the days coming.

  2. I remember Melvin from the time he graded my lot and dug my basement for my house in 1962. I was so impressed that I used him again in 1965 when he graded my dad’s building lot. His reliability and sense of humor were two of his biggest strengths. He will be missed. My condolences to his family. Milton Hess

  3. Carolyn and Linda,
    I am sorry to hear about your Dad. Wow I first meet him in 1982 and he and your Mom were the sweetest couple. He always made me laugh and full of life. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love Linda and Frank

  4. Melvin Guthrie was my Pal, my first (& best) Father- in –Law & I’m honored to say…my Friend! I met Melvin in 1978 & it’s been smiles since then! He may have talked about me to you. You would have not known who he was talking about! That’s because from the beginning for some reason, Melvin referred to me as “That Boy”. Even up to last year when we spoke last..I was still “That Boy”.
    I’d like to share two & a half stories with you. You’ll see what I mean on a half story. I’ll condense as much as possible!
    Story One: When I was courting Linda, she bravely took me home to meet her family. Things were going great, I thought! Melvin motioned for me to go with him. We went from the back door to the garage. Melvin told me I wanted a drink. Imagine that! He proceeded to pull out a semi- clean mason jar. This was 1978 and a long time before a dirty mason jar was fashionable on NCIS with Gibbs. He poured a healthy shot of Jim Beam. I played along & took the shot. Before I could tell him I wasn’t a Beam person, the glass was refilled. This went on a bit. By the time we left the garage I needed my sunglasses. I was intoxicated! Now the fun..go back in the house with everyone (& Mary) drunk. This continued to be our ritual every time we visited. I gave Melvin the Beam he wanted!
    Story Two: Christmas 1978, another visit to see Melvin & Mary. Melvin & everyone wanted to cut down a fresh Christmas tree. I was told it was just out the back of the house where the trees were. So here we go! Melvin and I went to the garage for an axe and a hand saw. Any idea what else went on in the garage? So Melvin, Linda & I went searching for a tree. All of a sudden, Melvin declares, “That’s it! I said which one? He said that one! I looked where he was pointing & it was a 40-50ft tree. I told him it was too big. He said, “No, the top it’s good! So I cut down a 40-50ft Evergreen so I could get the top 7 feet. He said people would take the other branches. OK! Never did anything like that before or again!
    Story ½: Also in 1978 Linda and I were getting married. We decided to get married in Virginia (it’s for Lover’s). We picked a JP in Chesterfield. Everything was set. We drove from NC to VA the day before the wedding. That night when we were getting ready for bed; Mary told me her and Melvin thought it was best I didn’t sleep with Linda until after we were married. Bless their hearts…ask Linda where they made me sleep the night before our wedding. She can finish the story!!
    Melvin, you’ve always had God’s heart. Steadfast in faith! I feel so blessed to have had time with him last year, during my visit, and talk about life and God. To my amazement, that conversation I could understand ever word he was saying. He spoke clearer than I had ever heard. We talked about his concerns, prayed and hugged. It was a time I will cherish forever!
    …the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk…Isaiah 23-25.
    Rest in peace my friend. If anyone deserves it, YOU DO!!! Enjoy not being in that scooter anymore!! Hallelujah!! Have fun flying!!

    Robert Dobson, Msgt USAF Ret.
    Son-in-Law & Friend

  5. Carolyn and Linda,
    Our sincere sympathies on the passing of your dad. May you find peace and gratitude in knowing he is in a better place.
    Cathy and Debbie Kite

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