Dean Lee Evans had this to say about Guin, "Ken was able to light up any room with his light-hearted approach even to the most serious of problems. He was one of the most committed of the Auburn Family that I have ever known. Ken will be missed."
Editor's Note: The obituary below was
published after Guin's death. The Alabama House of Representative
issued their condolences in the form of an official resolution to celebrate
Guin's remarkable and service filled life. It gives more details of his life and
follows the obituary.
James Kenneth Guin, 75, of Carbon Hill, died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at his home in Carbon Hill. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Carbon Hill with burial to follow at Walker Memory Gardens. Visitation will be today, May 29, at 6 p.m. at the Kilgore-Green Funeral Home and from 10 until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the church. The Rev. Earl Freeman, Rev. Belinda Freeman and Dr. Todd Henderson will officiate at the service. Rep. Ken Guin will deliver the eulogy. Kilgore-Green Funeral Home will direct.
Guin owned Kenneth Guin Drugs in Carbon Hill for the past 45 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Tipton Guin and Annie Mayo Guin and his brother, Robert Travis Guin. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Romine Guin of Carbon Hill; one son, James Kenneth Guin Jr. and his wife, Tanya McGough Guin, of Carbon Hill; one daughter, Penny Guin Padgett of Jasper; four grandchildren, Abigail Elizabeth Padgett, Rachel Ann Padgett, James Kenneth Guin III and Emma Grace Guin; a brother, Dr. Dan Mayo Guin and his wife, Judy, of Auburn; special family, David McGough, Elaine McGough, Jennifer Davis, Brenda Elliott, Ginner Hopson, Pat Thomas, Harris Weed and Sherri Langley. Pallbearers will be Richard Barnes, Grant Gober, Frank Guthrie, Don Laird, Jeff Stephens and Bobby Stovall. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Barnes, Anthony Brooklere, Charlie Prickett, Tim Hamrick, Earnie Oliver, Leslie Stovall and Gus Gardner.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations in Guin's memory be made to Carbon Hill First United Methodist Church Endowment Trust Fund.
First United Methodist Church in Carbon Hill
PO Box 578
Carbon Hill AL, 35549
RESOLUTION BY THE ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MOURNING THE DEATH OF MR. JAMES KENNETH GUIN
WHEREAS, we are greatly saddened to learn of the death of Mr. James Kenneth Guin of Carbon Hill, Alabama, on May 27, 2007, at the age of 75 years; and
WHEREAS, born February 13, 1932, to James Tipton Guin and Annie Mayo Guin, and a lifelong resident of Carbon Hill, he was president of his graduating class at Carbon Hill High School; the first person in his family to graduate from college, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1954; and
WHEREAS, an American patriot, he served in the United States Army in Korea after the Korean Conflict ended and attained the rank of captain in the Alabama National Guard; and
WHEREAS, marrying his sweetheart Barbara Romine in 1960, they established their home in Carbon Hill and the Guin family welcomed two beloved children and later, four adored grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, in 1962, Kenneth Guin Drugs was established in Carbon Hill which Mr. Guin continued to operate until his death; a widely respected pharmacist, he served as a Director of the American Pharmacy Cooperative, was named Auburn University Pharmacy Alumni of the Year, and received Alabama Pharmacy's highest award, the Bowl of Hygea; and
WHEREAS, a faithful member of First United Methodist Church throughout his life, he served as Chair of the Endowment Trust Committee until his death; a deeply spiritual man, his church life and church family were lifetime priorities; and
WHEREAS, preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Travis Guin, he leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Barbara Romine Guin; son, our friend and colleague, Representative James Kenneth (Tanya McGough) Guin, Jr.; daughter, Penny Guin Padgett; four grandchildren, Abigail Elizabeth and Rachel Ann Padgett and Emma Grace and James Kenneth Guin, III; brother, Dr. Dan Mayo (Judy) Guin; and special family, David McGough, Elaine McGough, Jennifer Davis, Brenda Elliott, Ginner Hopson, Pat Thomas, Harris Weed, and Sherri Langley; and
WHEREAS, a man of deep convictions, high principles, and spiritual values who earned the love and respect of everyone in his community, Mr. Guin was a gifted leader whom others chose to follow and a generous servant to his friends and neighbors; the loss of this sensitive yet forceful man brings great sorrow to many, but his influence will continue in the hearts of family and friends whose treasured memories reaffirm his lasting presence; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That while grieving the death of Mr. James Kenneth Guin, we welcome the opportunity to acknowledge the joy his life inspired, and by copy of this resolution, we offer deepest sympathy to his family.
Editor's Note: Ken Guin, Jr., who gave the eulogy at his father's funeral, is
a State Representative serving the 14th Legislative District of
Alabama and is currently the House Majority Leader. In an outpouring of sympathy
for their colleague's loss, the following State Representatives contributed to
this resolution of condolence.
Submitted By Representatives Sherer, Allen, Baker (A), Baker (L), Ball, Bandy, Barton, Beasley, Beck, Bentley, Black, Boothe, Boyd, Bridges, Buskey, Canfield, Clouse, Coleman, Collier, Curtis, Davis, DeMarco, Drake, Dukes, Dunn, England, Faust, Fincher, Fite, Ford, Galliher, Gaston, Gipson, Gordon, Graham, Grantland, Greeson, Grimes, Hall, Hammett, Hammon, Harper, Hill, Hilliard, Hinshaw, Holmes, Howard, Hubbard, Hurst, Irons, Ison, Jackson, Johnson, Keahey, Kennedy, Knight, Laird, Letson, Lewis, Lindsey, Love, Martin, Mask, McCampbell, McClammy, McClendon, McClurkin, McCutcheon, McDaniel, McLaughlin, McMillan, Millican, Mitchell, Moore (M), Moore (P), Morrison, Morrow, Newton (C), Newton (D), Oden, Page, Payne, Robinson (J), Robinson (O), Rogers, Salaam, Sanderford, Schmitz, Scott, Shiver, Spicer, Taylor, Thigpen, Thomas (E), Thomas (J), Todd, Treadaway, Vance, Ward, Warren, White, Williams, Wood and Wren
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