Aaron Wayne Guffey, 44, known as “Guff” to his friends, passed away Saturday Sept. 14, 2013, in a local hospital.
He was born Oct. 23, 1968, in Cleveland. He was surrounded by family and friends in his death as he was in his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Lee Guffey; and his brother-in-law and best friend, Michael Underwood.
He was a graduate of Bradley Central High School. He started his first job in 1984 at Shoney’s of Cleveland, where he met the love of his life and future wife. All of the customers and employees of Shoney’s loved him and would come in just to see him because he made them laugh. You always felt good when you spent time with him. He met most of his friends at Shoney’s and it was a large part of his life.
The Bentons took him under their wing and he became general manager under their guidance.
He left Shoney’s in 2007 to work for a friend in the tree business. He enjoyed this new line of work and was studying to become a certified arborist when he became ill. You knew how much Guff liked you by whether or not you got a nickname. Just ask “Edith,” “Casey Kasem,” “Homey,” “Skill,” “Gerald,” “Wrinkle,” “H. Ross the Boss,” “The Columbian,” “Tater,” “Crooked Back,” and the best of all: “Ali Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”
He loved University of Tennessee football and started going to games in the late ’80s, loved deep-sea fishing and playing video games with his buddies, but his favorite thing to do was spend time with family, friends and his nieces and nephews.
He never met a stranger and could always make someone smile. He had a positive attitude and loved to cut up even at the end. Just a few days before he left us he was cracking jokes at one of his best buddies.
His wife and mother extends their sincere appreciation to the SkyRidge SICU for their excellent care and treatment they and Aaron received while he was there.
“We would also like to express appreciation to the friends who were there to help make the transition from this life to his new heavenly home with his savior,” they said.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Andrea (Dede) Guffey; his mother, Wilma Womack; brothers: Michael and Betty Whaley, and Kelly and Crystal Whaley; sister, Kate Reagan; brother-in-law, Scott Gallaher; nephews: Michael Whaley, Logan King, Nathaneal Reagan and Chase Akins; nieces: Taylor Moore, Macey Hafley, Emma Reagan, Kaylee Melton and Ali Akins; and several aunts, uncles and cousins and numerous friends.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m, the hour of the service, at the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes. Brad Benton will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers and honoring his two loves, his nieces and nephews and his dogs, it is requested donations be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148 or to Dixie Day Spay, 182 Airport Road N.W., Cleveland TN 37312.