September 23, 1930 ~ October 25, 2010
Born in: Rutherfordton, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Asheville - Charles Arnold Guffey, affectionately known as Arno and Papa, 80, died October 25, 2010. Arnold was born Sept. 23, 1930 in Rutherfordton, the son of the late Grover and Dorothy "Dot" Morgan and was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Hannelore "Lore" Guffey and a nephew, Charles Caldwell. He retired from the US Air Force with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, serving from July 16, 1948 until August 1, 1977 and was a Vietnam Veteran. During his illness whenever he was asked how are you feeling he would reply "pretty darn good." No matter what room Arno walked into it was sure to light up with his smiling humor. He is survived by his lifetime companion, Agnes "Aggie" Wooten; two sons, Ronald Dean Guffey and Jim Guffey; daughters-in-law, about whom he would say, "I don't have IN-LAWS, I only have daughters", Ronda and Laurie Guffey; five grandchildren, Roman Dean, Raymon Dale, Richard Charles, Jessica and Kayla Guffey; a niece, Mollie Caldwell and a nephew, Herbert Smith. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park in Black Mountain with military honors. The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Center of Asheville (www.CCNC-Asheville.com).
Our love and prayers go out for all the Guffey family. May God shower you with His Peace and bring comfort to you. May He bring scores of fond and funny family memories to you as you work together to deal with this deep loss. Know that you are loved by a gracious God Who is ever beside you, upholding you in His arms. Know that you have a cleansing Savior Who intercedes for you. And know that His Holy Spirit is groaning in prayer for you as well. With much love, Keith & Nancy
My condencers to all. My love and prayers are with u.
Arnold will be missed and our memories of him will always be cherished. He impacted many lives through his mililtary service, dedication as a husband, son, father, friend and mentor. I had the pleasure of knowing him since I was a little girl and throughout my adult life…he always brightened my world. My love and thoughts are extended to his sons, Jim and Ron and his daughters, Ronda and Laurie as well as, all 5 of his grandchildren. You were his pride and joy. My love and appreciation to Aggie for bringing him such happiness by loving and caring for Aunt Dot and being his friend and companion for the final chapter of his life. I wish you comfort and sympathy.
Mr. Guffey, I called him, being my high school friend’s Father, that was the respectful title. I greatly respected Mr. Guffey and envied Ron for having such an engaged and understanding Father. I recall him having a very active mind, and an enthusiasm for all things, great and small. He once encouraged me to seek the best in life, and not to settle for the low hanging fruit. Ron and Family, I Grieve with you all, I am truly sorry for this great loss.
God Bless You All,
Arnold and I were first cousins and he being 7 years older lead me to look up to him as he was stronger and more mature. I remember him riding me on the handlebars of his bike to a swimming hole on a creek with a rope swing that swung out over the creek and drop into that cold water.
With Love and fond memories,
Uncle Arnold was the best uncle I ever had and his sense of humor, and his gift of making you feel like somebody, never diminished. Aunt Aggie, I’m so glad we spent some time together two weeks before uncle Arnold,s passing. I love you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
To My Cousin Arnold
The time has come to say Goodbye
So I will try not to cry
It’ been so hard to let you go
To be in heaven don’t you know
But we are Guffey’s and we are strong…So just remember
We will be right on…
You did not go alone
Part of us went with you
The day God took you home
All the Guffey’s joined too.
You may not see us yet, but we are there in heart with you.
You will forever be in our hearts
Your memory will keep us from sadness and falling apart…
Arno, You should hear the kind words people say, How you touched their lives in so many ways, from being a father, son, papa, companion,cousin and so much more
I am so proud and blessed to get to say That’s my cousin in every way
Thank you Arnold for all you gave to life, the military and our family.
For everything you showed us along the way-be happy, strong and positive and it will always be ‘pretty darn good’…
Now I want to say to you
How much I love and miss you too
So rest in peace sweet cousin of mine and I’ll see you again when it’s my time.
Forever in my heart xoxox
Cousin Beverly Guffey Harris
Arnold, Our thoughts and prayers have been with you through your sickness. God will guide the family through all this difficult times and with your memory and Gods help will make them stronger and closer.
Agnes, I am so sorry. I know that you and Arnold were very happy and content together. I also know you will miss him a great deal. Death is hard but we have to remember that we were not put here to stay forever, especially in pain. So God be with you and my prayers to you and the kids and grandkids. Call me if you ever need to talk. Sincerely, Annie Mae/Jimmie Harris
Just wanted to say thank you for all the time effort you put into making Arnold’s last days so special. I personally know it is a tough job but we do this for someone we love even when we think ‘I Just Can’t Do It Anymore’. So thank you and thanks to Mollie for being your second set of caring hands. I know Arnold Loved Mollie too. And the whole Guffey family really truly appreciates everything you have done…God bless you sweety. Love, Beverly
I miss you dad! The calls to and from work, the crazy conversations we used to have and your corny jokes.