James "Jimmy" Edward Guthrie

August 30, 1952 - November 12, 2023

James "Jimmy" Edward Guthrie November 12, 2023

In Loving Memory of James Edward Guthrie

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of James "Jimmy" Edward Guthrie, who departed from this world on November 12th, 2023.

Born on August 30th, 1952, Jimmy lived a life filled with joy, adventure, and accomplishment. For forty-five years he dedicated his life to his career in law enforcement, leaving an indelible mark in the community. He also was employed at Open Door Christian School where he invested time and knowledge that impacted many students to this day.

As an active member of the Freemasons, he embraced the principles of Freemasonry by promoting fellowship, moral values, and personal growth. His dedication to improving the world will be commemorated through his significant contributions to both the organization and the community.

Jimmy was a remarkable man, a loving husband, a devoted father, a nurturing grandfather, and a cherished friend. His kindness, generosity, and wisdom touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Enthusiastically, he shared his passion for antique cars with his family, thereby creating numerous lasting memories. He had an enduring love for watching his grandson play baseball, which brought him immense happiness throughout the end of his life.

In his role as a grandfather, he found immense joy and fulfillment. His two beloved grandchildren brought endless happiness into his life. He cherished the moments spent with them, passing on his wisdom and love, creating unforgettable memories that will forever be treasured.

Jimmy was a devoted family man. He leaves behind his loving wife, Judy Guthrie, with whom he shared a bond that transcended time and trials. Their partnership was a testament to enduring love, resilience, and the strength that comes from a deep and abiding connection. He is also survived by his son, Jonathan Guthrie (Kirsten); his grandson, Tyler Guthrie; granddaughter, Sarah Guthrie; sister, Wanda Fields (Danny); and his brother, Raymond (Butch) Guthrie.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Catherine Setliff Guthrie, and his father, Raymond Bennett Guthrie, Jr.

As we bid farewell to Jimmy, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man who touched the lives of many. His legacy will live on through the stories and memories shared by family, friends, and colleagues.

In honor of his life, a family night service will be held on November 16th, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Preddy’s Funeral Home at 301 S. Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia. A celebration of life service will be held on November 17th, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Preddy’s Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Monticello Memory Gardens at 670 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA at 1:00 PM.

Please join us to celebrate Jimmy's remarkable life and bid a fond farewell to a man whose presence enriched all our lives.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to one of the organizations below in Jimmy Guthrie's name, in the spirit of continuing his legacy of giving:

The University of Virginia Pediatric Heart Clinic

1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Hospice of the Piedmont

675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300

Charlottesville, VA 22911

Jimmy will be deeply missed but will forever live on in our hearts, in the stories we share, and in the love that he gave us.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 ESV