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Dr. Jerry Gene Guffey

Dr. Jerry Gene Guffey of Jupiter, Florida and Erwin, Tennessee died June 11, 2015 in Jupiter, Florida. He was the son of the late Delta Mae Ballenger Guffey and Clyde McKinley Guffey.
Dr. Guffey was originally from Johnson City, Tennessee and graduated from Science Hill High School in 1948 and East Tennessee State College in 1953. He then entered the Naval Officers Candidate School where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. After his term in the Navy, Dr. Guffey returned to Johnson City where he married Juliet Barker Johnson in 1955. He graduated from University of Tennessee Dental College in 1961 and moved to North Palm Beach, Florida where he established his dental practice and he and his wife Juliet raised their three children. In the early 1990’s Dr. Guffey and his wife returned to live in Erwin, Tennessee where he maintained a dental practice part time. He and his wife enjoyed entertaining and participating in local activities like the annual Apple Festival.
Dr. Guffey’s passion was growing roses. He was a member of the American Rose Society and won multiple awards for his exquisite roses.
Dr. Guffey is predeceased by his wife, Juliet Barker Johnson Guffey and his brother, Kenneth Earle Guffey. He is survived by two sons, Thomas Perry Guffey of Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Robert Earl “Chip” Guffey (Christine) of Jupiter, Florida, and one daughter, Kimberly Ann Guffey Wojtusik, one granddaughter, Alexandra Tipton Madison Taylor and one grandson, Collin James Wojtusik, all of Jupiter, Florida.
Memorial services to honor and celebrate the life of Jerry Guffey will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Home, Erwin, Tennessee. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Dr. Jerry Gene Guffey through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.