Thelton Guess, 80, of Raeford, departed this life on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Viewing and visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Tuesday prior to the service. Burial will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home & Cremation Service LLC.
Thelton Guess, Sr. of 114 McKinley Drive, Raeford, NC, was born in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a retired Veteran of the United States Navy with 30 years of honorable and distinguish service. He received the Republic of Vietnam NUC (Civil Actions), Battle “E” Award, Navy “E” Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal (2nd Bronze Star), Vietnam Campaign Medal (3rd Bronze Star), Navy Achievement Medal, Antarctica Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal. He was Noble Thelton Guess 33rd Degree representing the Islam Temple #182 AEAONMS out of Pensacola, FL.
He was preceded in death by his father’s, Nathaniel Guess and Herman Redd; mother, Carrie Guess McGee; his first wife, Shirley Mae Duncan Guess and current wife, Josephine Guess; two daughters, Debbie D. Thomas and Crysanthia E. Guess; one son, Thelton Guess, Jr.; brothers, Kenneth McGee, Herman McGee, Troy McGee, and Joey McGee; and one granddaughter, Felitia Gillesipie Steele-Turner.
He leaves to cherish his memories daughters, Cynthia Guess, Toni Guess, Sherian (Elaine) Gillespie, Sharon Nowlin, all of Winston-Salem; one son, Nathan (Adrienne) Fleming, Sr. of Raleigh, NC; one brother Thomas Wright, Sr.; sisters; Veronica McGee, Birdie (Jimmie) Jackson, Angela Wright, and Grace (Pam) Wright all of Winston-Salem, NC; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. A devoted friend, Annie Stapleton Frazier of SC; devoted caregiver, Patsy Veronica Johnson of Raeford, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
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