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Charles Lee Guilford Charles Lee Guilford
(November 20, 1930 - January 25, 2011)

U.S. Veteran Homegoing celebration for Mr. Charles Lee Guilford of Tampa (Progress Village), who passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011 will be held Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church of Progress Village, 8616 Progress Blvd., Tampa, FL, with Dr. Samuel Maxwell, Senior Teaching Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, Tampa, FL with military honors.

Mr.Guilford was born November 20, 1930 in Daleville, Alabama to Cherry Lee and Flora Guilford. He graduated from Bellwood High School in Bellwood, AL 1951. On October 8, 1951, Mr. Guilford was drafted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on October 8, 1953. He returned to Bellwood, AL and married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Sconiers Guilford.

In March of 1954, Mr. Guilford relocated his family to Tampa, FL. He graduated from Blake Vocational Technical School in 1955 as a brick mason. He worked as a brick mason. Later he changed his profession and gained employment in 1962 at General Electric Company as an A Winder Motorist in the Apparatus Dept. after 28 years of employment, he retired.

In 1960, Charles became a member of First Baptist Church of Progress Village and later joined the Usher Board. He was very dedicated to his church.

Charles was preceded in death by his three daughters, Barbara Guilford, Charlene Williams and Linda Eddie; father, Cherry Lee Guilford; two sisters, Mattie P. Shiggs and Annie Joyce Donald and one son-in-law, Curtis Carter.

Charles leaves to cherish precious memories of him: his devoted wife, Virginia Guilford and loving family; 3 daughters, Geraldine Carter, Virginlene McDaniel (Oscar); Cathy Galloway and one adopted daughter, Francesca Guilford; 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; a loving mother, Flora Guilford (98 years) of Bellwood, AL; 4 siblings, Louis Frank Guilford of Dothan, AL; Melanese Tyson (Louis) of Enterprise, AL; Sherry V. Robinson (Jerome) and Larry Guilford (Carolyn), all of Hartford, CT; a loving mother-in-law, Catheria Sconiers of Bellwood, AL; 3 sisters-in-law, Anne Chapman and Patricia Griffin (Bennie) of AL and Catherine Butler (George) of Tampa; 2 sons-in-law, Lenorris Eddie and James Williams; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

His remains will repose from 5 – 8:00 P.M. and the family will receive friends from 7 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Wilson Funeral Home, 3000 N. 29th Street, Tampa, FL.