OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
8th and Vine, P.O. Box 249, Conway, AR
Jon Dickey Guthrie
Published: November 19, 2012
Jon Dickey Guthrie, 77, passed from this life on Nov. 17, 2012. He was born on Dec. 29, 1934 in Prescott, Ark, to Lee E. Guthrie and Kathryn Dickey Guthrie. Jon graduated from Delight, Ark. High School in 1952, Hendrix College in 1956, Drew University School of Theology in Madison, N.J. (1959) with theological studies at Heidelberg University of Germany (1958). He was an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church of the Arkansas Annual Conference and served as a Methodist Missionary in Zaire, Congo in 1959 as the Belgian Congo declared its independence from Belgium. He returned home in 1962 for further studies and returned in Zaire in 1964, leading a team of three men of A-3 missionary status in war-torn Congo. He returned to the states and in 1968 was appointed as the Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Conway, Ark. and then began serving in 1969 as chaplain of Hendrix College where he retired in 1996. Since 2000, he has continued to serve Hendrix College as Special Advisor to President J. Timothy Cloyd. Rev. Guthrie's dad played minor league baseball which gave Jon a love of the sport. He was also an ardent supporter of Riddle's Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary of Greenbrier, Ark. He is survived by Jan Reinhardt Guthrie of Conway, Ark. and their children: Paul Edward Guthrie and spouse Susan of Louisville, Ky., Holly Guthrie Martin, spouse Mike of Conway, Ark., sister; Nancy Guthrie Gipson, spouse Jim of Searcy, Ark., brother-in-law; Bill Reinhardt, spouse Susi of Hot Springs, grandchildren; Matt Hill, Eva Guthrie, Anna Guthrie, nieces and nephews; Amy Thompson Maxson, Chris Thompson Rambo, David Reinhardt. Jon was preceded in death by his parents: Lee and Kathryn Guthrie of Fort Smith, Ark. and grandparents; John and Kate Dickey of Delight, Ark. and Walter and Nell Guthrie of Fort Smith, Ark. Memorials may be given to Hendrix College designated to the Imagine No Malaria campaign to eradicate malaria in sub-saharan Africa and to Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary. A memorial service will be held for Rev. Jon Guthrie on Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Conway, Ark. Visitation will be held immediately after the service at the church. The online guest book can be signed at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.