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Dr. Joseph Laymon Guffy



Dr. Joseph Laymon Guffy

January 31, 1901 - May 2, 1982

Dr. Joseph Laymon Guffy, son of Thomas L. Guffy (1872-1964) and Edith Tecuza Campbell Guffy (1879-1968), was born January 31, 1901 in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky and died May 2, 1982 in Moody, McLennan County, Texas. Burial was in Hillcrest Garden of Memory Cemetery in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas.

He married Emily Denson Payne (April 1, 1912 - May 16, 1998), daughter of Ollie Lee Payne (February 10, 1879 - October 8, 1950) and Ruby Pearl Denson (February 8, 1886 - March 31, 1960).

1940 Census - Matagorda County - Palacios - First Street - Block C
Joseph L. Guffy, Head, age 39, born Kentucky, residence 1935, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, Physician-Surgeon, Private Practice
Emily P. Guffy, Wife, age 28, born Alabama, residence 1935, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama
Jo Ann Guffy, Daughter, age 1, born Alabama
Norvella Guffy, Sister, age 37, born Kentucky, residence 1935, Lewisburg, Logan Co., Kentucky
Thomas L. Guffy, Father, age 67, born Kentucky, residence 1935, Lewisburg, Logan Co., Kentucky
Edith Guffy, Mother, age 60, born Kentucky, residence 1935, Lewisburg, Logan Co., Kentucky [had been public school teacher]

Dr. Guffy and Emily had a daughter, Jo Ann (March 29, 1939 - August 4, 2005) who married Jerry A. A. Smith, and a son, Joe Harold Guffy who was born in El Campo, Wharton County, Texas whose wife was Sandra Jo.

JoAnn and her mother, Emily, are buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Guffy's family lived on First Street in Block C on East Bay near the Texas Baptist Encampment. His parents, Thomas and Edith, were enumerated in the same household at the time of the census, but later on moved to a house of their own. His son remembered their house was originally two-story with a storm cellar, but the second floor was destroyed in a hurricane.

Dr. Guffy of Palacios will give physical examinations to the school pupils Thursday. Collegeport newspaper column, The Daily Tribune, May 2, 1941

Dr. Guffy was called over here Tuesday to attend Johnny Koch who became suddenly ill. Francitas newspaper column, The Edna Weekly Herald, July 30, 1942

Dr. Guffy also practiced in El Campo and his wife, Emily, served as his nurse in Palacios and El Campo and continued when the family moved to Hillsboro c 1947. His office was on the south side of the square in Hillsboro. Always being concerned about the health of children as evidence by his visit to the Collegeport school in 1941, Dr. Guffy performed physicals for the Hillsboro football team. He also attended games and tended to any players who were injured.

Dr. Guffy was married second to Betty Ramsey Guffy in 1965. She was also a nurse and worked with Dr. Guffy in Hillsboro and later at his medical office at the clinic in Moody in McLennan County where they moved c 1969.

Jo Ann Guffy Smith

Smith, Jo Ann Guffy, Born March 29, 1939 to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Guffy. Passed away on August 4, 2005. Preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Jerry A. A. Smith of the U.S. A. F. Survived by daughters, Jill Wade of Combine, TX and Jennifer Jay of Garland, TX and their husbands, Skip Wade and Billy Jay; brother, Joe Harold Guffy and wife, Sandra of Spring Branch, TX; grandchildren, Kevin Wade, Emily Jay, Eric Wade and Alyson Jay; nephews, Joey Guffy of Shady Spring, W. VA; Jim Guffy of Highland Village, TX and Julie Swinney of San Antonio, TX; 4 great nieces and 3 great nephews. Mrs. Smith graduated from Hillsboro High School and attended Baylor University. Mrs. Smith worked at McShan Florist and retired from Bank of America. Services 9:30 AM Monday, August 8, 2005 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Family to receive friends from 4-6 PM Sunday, August 7, 2005 at Restland Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 2700 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075 Restland 972-238-7111

Betty Ramsey Guffy

Betty Guffy, 84, of Burleson, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at her residence. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Hillcrest Garden of Memory in Hillsboro with Mr. Glen MacDonald officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, prior to the service at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Betty was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to the late William Henry and Mintie Bell (Oliver) Ramsey. She married Dr. Joseph Laymon Guffy in 1965 in Texarkana and lived in Hillsboro for 15 years, prior to moving to Moody. A certified nurse, she worked in her husband's medical office in both Hillsboro and Moody. Since 1993, she had resided in Burleson. Betty was of the Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death was her husband on May 2, 1982; daughter, Gail Boyd on May 17, 2004; son, Mickey Robertson on March 4, 2012; two brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Dana Boyd, of Burleson; daughter-in-law, Lisa Robertson, of Dickinson; grandchildren, Kevin Boyd and wife, Kim, of Hillsboro, Kenneth Boyd, of Burleson, Shayne Robertson, Niccole Eldredge and Johnny Perez, and Rachel Duschamp and husband, Kevin, all of the Houston area; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.

Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors: 3/23/2012

Dr. Wilcox Purchases Former Glaros Home From Dr. J. L. Guffy

It was learned today that Dr. and Mrs. L. A. Wilcox who recently leased the new City Hospital building where the Doctor will have his Diagnostic Clinic, will arrive in Palacios, Feb. 13th where they will make their home. Dr. Wilcox was here 10 days ago finishing plans for his clinic and making final arrangements at the hospital.

For several years they have anticipated a move to the Texas Gulf Coast and the opening of the new hospital climaxed their decision. The Doctor is one of the best educated physicians in Memphis and Palacios is fortunate to have him to operate the hospital.

The Doctor was purchased Dr. Guffy's brick home on the bay which the latter recently purchased from Manuel Glaros. Plans are being made to redecorate the home and considerable changes are to be made in the yard and surroundings. Dr. Wilcox intends to move into his new home immediately.

Palacios Beacon, February 6, 1947

Dr. J. L. Guffy Is Installed

HILLSBORO, Jan. 11--SPL--Hillsboro Kiwanis Club installed new officers at Monday's noon meeting and was host to visiting members from the Down Town Kiwanis Club of Fort Worth.

Officers installed were; Dr. J. L. Guffy, president; Orville Locklar, vice president; and Grady Arthur, secretary-treasurer. C. Aubrey Ganus, retiring president, presided.

Installing the new officers was Harry Phillips, past president of Kiwanis District No. 1, of Fort Worth. Principal speaker was Bob Thomas, another Fort Worth member.

Directors for the coming year are: E. P. Allen, Carlos Davis, Elbert Faries, Buddy Mash, Joe Sheppard, John H. Steel and John Robert Wooten.

Waco News-Tribune, January 12, 1950

HOW GOOD IS A JERSEY?--Just ask these three enthusiasts. They are Evans Reese of Waco, center, owner of the grand champion cow in Thursday's Jersey Show, and Jo Ann Guffy and Harold Guffy, daughter and son of Dr. J. L. Guffy of Hillsboro who owned the grand champion bull. (Photo by Jim Knight)  Waco News-Tribune, October 2, 1953

NEW MOODY CLINIC - Moody will dedicate its new medical clinic at 2 p. m. today, and will have open house and refreshments until 5 p. m. The clinic was financed with an $85,000 grant from the Moody Foundation. Local residents raised another $15,000. It is named in honor of Col. W. L. Moody, who was an official of the Santa Fe Railroad when the town of Moody was established as the Santa Fe came through Central Texas. His granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Moody Northen of Galveston, is one of the original directors of the Moody Foundation. Shown in front of the new clinic is Dr. Joe Guffy who will have his medical offices there. The new clinic has four examining rooms, an x-ray room, emergency room, doctor's lounge and library, reception area, office, and storage room and laboratory. Dr. Guffy will begin practicing in the new clinic on Monday.  Waco Tribune-Herald, April 6, 1975

Moody Medical Clinic Dedicated
Optimism About Young Doctor Coming to Town in Future

MOODY--The best news to come from dedication ceremonies of Moody's new Moody Memorial Clinic Sunday afternoon was the optimism that another doctor will soon come to Moody.

No definite commitments have been made and no announcements are expected in the near future, but Dr. George Berry of Waco, president of the McLennan County Medical Association, and Dr. W. B. Long of Belton, who assisted in the planning of the new facility, brought smiles to the faces of Moody citizens with their remarks.

"We now have 16 young doctors in our family practice program in Waco," said Dr. Berry. "We expect six more in July, so hopefully, we will have some help for your Dr. Joe Guffy."

"I believe the possibility of a young doctor coming to Moody is good, said Dr. Long.

Drs. J. D. Ibarra and H. A. Weibelhaus of Temple also spoke during the dedication.

Paul Alexander was master of ceremonies. Mayor Raymond Britton welcomed guests; Frank Denny of Waco and Donald Altman introduced special guests, and Nolan Kinsey spoke on Moody's role as a bicentennial town.

Minister Mack Sterman, Rev. H. A. Hill and Rev. Marion Ford read scriptures and gave dedicatory prayers before Mrs. Mary Moody Northen cut the ribbon. She said it was quite appropriate that a train whistle delay the ceremony a few moments (which it did) since her grandfather had worked for Santa Fe railroad and named the town of Moody.

More than 600 guests inspected the new facility, and such cities and towns as San Antonio, Garland, Austin, Houston, Baytown, Hillsboro and Lampasas were listed on the guest list as well as all towns in a 50-mile radius of Moody.

Dr. Guffy starts seeing patients in the new facility Monday morning after having been in a smaller, outdated building across the street the past six years.  Waco Tribune-Herald, April 7, 1975

A new $100,000 Clinic opened recently in Moody, providing modern facilities to take care of the medical needs of the people. The town's popular doctor, Dr. Joe Guffy, practices there and the clinic is administered by the Moody Medical Board, headed by chairman Paul Alexander.  Waco Tribune-Herald, August 31, 1975


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