James Linwood Guthrie

September 6, 1944 - June 28, 2017
James Linwood Guthrie

James Linwood Guthrie, 72, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center.

James was born in Wilmington, September 6, 1944, and had worked as a welder for the State Port, B&W, and American Crane until his retirement. He was an army veteran of the U.S. Eighth Army having served in the Vietnam era. He was a dog lover, an avid fisherman, a member of the Bass Fishing Club and was the winner of the 2004 “Got’em On Classic” fishing tournament. He had been a member of the Grace Baptist Church where he accepted the Lord and Savior.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wendell and Ida Mae Cavanaugh Guthrie, and his sister, Mary Burke. He is survived by his son, James Brandon Guthrie of Greenville; his grandson Owen Guthrie of Greenville; his sisters, Faye Tate and her husband Shelton of Roan Mountain, TN, and Nancy Register and her husband Joe of North Myrtle Beach, SC; his longtime companion, Dottie Watson of Wilmington; his step-daughters, Dee Ivey of Wilmington and Valerie Grissom of Hampstead; his step-grandchildren, Kaylee Sellars and Justin Grissom and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • July 02, 2017
    Mary Ann Warwick says:
    I knew James from Pul/rehab at the hospital in Wilmington. I too have COPD. James made the best collards I have even eaten. He and my husband use to talk about fishing . You will be missed dear friend

  • July 03, 2017
    Steve Godwin says:
    Before my retirement I worked with James for many years at American Crane. He was fun to be around. Had a great sense of humor. Am so sad to hear the news. Will look you up when I get to heaven.

  • June 18, 2020
    Gerry Hardin says:
    I just found out about James after doing a search, I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, I worked with American Crane Corp. and would often go to his work area to talk to him about everything, I remember his good nature and wise advice, He was a GOOD man. I also remember him winning another fishing tournament in Wrightsville Beaches "King Mackerel Tournament" for catching the biggest one which I believe at the time was $50,000.00 (Of course he had to share this with his other boatmates but still he got recognition for the catch in the "Wilmington Star News". James I look forward to seeing you I Heaven and sharing in the glory of our Lord & Savior and hopefully fish with you. My condolences to all his family & friends; Sincerely; Gerry Hardin