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Kathleen Goforth Guy, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at age 96. The daughter of Samuel Flake and Emily Leah Jurney Goforth, Kathleen was born in Iredell and was raised in the Union Grove community in 1921. She graduated from Union Grove High School and Mitchell College, with a degree in business, and married her sweetheart, Alfred Martin (Monk) Guy, in 1941.
Kathleen thoroughly enjoyed and took great pride in her career. She worked in the payroll and sales department of Thonet Furniture Company for 12 years and as an administrative assistant for her church, Broad Street United Methodist Church, for 22 years. Even after she “retired,” Kathleen worked part-time for the Statesville Auto Auction for nine years.
An optimist who loved her church congregation and greater community, Kathleen was an avid volunteer. She served as a Sunday school teacher, trustee, and chairman of the life membership committee at her church. A long-time member of the Statesville Business and Professional Women’s Club, Kathleen held positions as the club’s president, vice president, parliamentarian, secretary, and board member. In addition, she served as a charter member and treasurer of the Statesville Kiwanianne Club; a member and treasurer of the Turf and Garden Club; a volunteer with Iredell Memorial Hospital Pink Ladies and Davis Community Hospital; and chairman of the Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship committee for high school students interested in medical careers.
When not working, Kathleen spent time gardening, reading, sewing, searching for shells on the beach, and enjoying her family. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Guy Gaines; her grandchildren, Amanda Gaines Moore (David), Emily Gaines Buchler (Norbou), and Leah Gaines Messick (Michael); her great-grandchildren, Kathleen Carter Moore, Eloise Gaines Buchler, Beatrice Gaines Buchler, Edmund Louis Messick, and Adalyn Grace Messick; and her nieces and nephews, Sue Hedrick (Larry), Deborah Traylor (Steve), Jean Snyder (Steve), Gail Ray (Mike), Lynn Goforth (Susan), Thad Goforth (Emily), Susan Foster, Barry Guy (Lori), Tommy Guy (Judith), Archie Guy (Emily), Fran Guy Strauss, Guy Tilley, Doug Tilley, Alma Tilley Scott, and Ronnie McLain.
Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Flake and Emily Leah Jurney Goforth; her siblings, Dwight Goforth (Ethel), Faye Goforth Henderson (Will), and Ralph Goforth (Lois); her husband, Alfred Martin (Monk) Guy; and her son-in-law, Edmund Louis (Eddie) Gaines.
A memorial service will be held at Broad Street United Methodist Church at 315 W. Broad Street in Statesville, NC, on Friday, April 13 at 2:00. Private burial will proceed the service at Oakwood Cemetery. Her family will greet friends at Memorial Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Broad Street United Methodist Church 315 W. Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677 and Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28677. Condolences and memories may be left on Nicholson Funeral Home’s online guestbook at www.nicholsonfunerals.com. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Broad Street UMC
P.O. Box 169, Statesville NC 28687
Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County
2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28677