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
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.
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 restlandfuneralhome.com
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
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,
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
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