GlenGuffey, 80, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on March 8, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, his son Michael Guffey, his daughter Glenda Best, his grandsons Jason Guffey and Michael Guffey, his great grandchildren Jayden Guffey and Arria Guffey, and his sister Thelma Smith. He is also survived by many other relatives in Forest City, NC. Glen will also be missed by his many friends in the Northern Virginia and North Carolina areas.
Glen was born in Golden Valley, NC and joined the Army in his early twenties where he served with distinction for over 20 years. He was severely injured in 1970 in Vietnam, and spent a year in Walter Reed recovering, against all odds, from horrific injuries. First they said he wouldn't survive. Then they said he would never walk or see again. But as his family and friends know all too well, he proved them wrong and he went on to live a long productive and happy life. Glen is the recipient of the Purple Heart and numerous other commendations.
After his military career, Glen attended Johns Hopkins University where he received training as a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, first with Fairfax County and then on to a second career with the Federal Government. After suffering a stroke in 1987, he retired from the Government and entered a new career in real estate. His gentle and trusting nature enabled him to be quite successful in his new endeavor.
Glen was also a member of the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge and was a Mason for over 50 years.
He retired in 1990 and he and his wife Linda started a new life in the beautiful city of Tampa, FL. But eventually homesickness got the best of the both of them and they moved to Forest City, NC for a few years. But the pull of the Northern Virginia area with their many friends proved too strong and in 2001 they moved to Woodbridge.
Glen was what you would call a "human helper". First as a medic in the military and then, for over 40 years, he was very active in the Recovery Community. Glen was a wonderful husband, father and a loyal friend to many, many people. He was a kind man, a giving man, and very much at peace with the God of his understanding. And now his God has called him home and a new star in the heavens will shine brightly tonight.
Glen's family will receive friends on Thursday, March 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA, where a Masonic Service will be preformed. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Serenity Club, 8121-B Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309.
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I will treasure even more now the good chitchat and laughs over dinner on the trips back to NC. Glen was surely an inspiration to me (and his brother) and I am thankful to have been his sister-in-law for many wonderful years. I will never look at the Forest City Christmas lights again without thinking of Glen and how much he enjoyed them. My love and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Janice Guffey - Rutherfordton, NC Mar 13, 2014
Linda, I will surely miss your kind prince and his beautiful smile. You are in my prayers my friend. Love, Coreen
Posted by: Coreen Russell - Alexandria, VA Mar 13, 2014
Goodbye my friend. Thank you for my 34 years and as you always said "If I had listened to you it would be 36"
Posted by: Nancy E. Simmons - Vidor, TX - Friend Mar 12, 2014
I am very touched by the beautiful obituary and the words of his son Michael particularly. Anne Meister (friend of Peggy Diewald)
Posted by: A friend Mar 12, 2014
Dear Linda and family, so sorry to hear this sad news and little time you had to prepare after the last serious diagnosis.
But wow, what a man! The obituary said so much about a remarkable person who overcame incredible obstacles and accomplished many triumphs during his life. We are pleased to have met him over our several visits to Virginia. We hope our paths cross with you again one day. You have our heartfelt prayers of sympathy and may you have many cherished memories, now and always. Lots of love, Rita and Dan
Posted by: Rita Gordon - Nazareth, PA - friend Mar 12, 2014