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“Guthrie, Jr., Douglas O’Dell
December 12, 1952 – May 19, 2022
Douglas O’Dell Guthrie, Jr., 69, of Winston-Salem, NC, died peacefully on May 19, 2022.
“Dell,” as he was best known to his countless friends, was born in Goldsboro, NC, to Maude Rains Parrish Guthrie and Douglas O’Dell Guthrie. The second of four siblings, Dell was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William (Bill) D. Guthrie.
Dell is survived by his daughter, Angela G. Lynn (Dan), and grandchildren Megan M. and Ryan R. Lynn of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter Melissa G. Joiner (David) and grandchildren Brian, Adam, Jonathan and Clara of Wake Forest, NC; sibling Charles H. Guthrie (Jeanne), nephew Peter Guthrie of Hillsborough, NC and niece Ari Harris (Paul) of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; sibling Jack N. Guthrie (Vera) of Walkertown, NC; maternal aunt Lillian P. Kimrey of High Point, NC; and best friend, and “musical brother,” Ray Allegrezza of Trinity, NC, and scores of much-loved friends and fellow musicians; and to quote Dell, “the love of my life,” his life partner, Deborah Mills and family; daughter Kate (Ali) Kapps, whose children Emma and Max Skipper adored their “GranDell,” and son John Mills of Venice, Florida.
Dell is survived by his cat, NaFloyd Scott, who was a great comfort to Dell the past 4 years.
Dell was a unique blend of true Southern gentleman, Renaissance man, and rhythm and blues powerhouse. He had the rare ability to fix anything with a turn of his wrench while being equally adept when turning a phrase when writing or performing one of his many original songs.
His powerful and soulful voice made him a favorite of audiences throughout the state as well as with the scores of talented musicians that had the privilege and pleasure of playing music with him.
Dell truly was a man who lived life on his own terms and never lost his curiosity of people, places and things. Not surprisingly, as a young man with more than a touch of wanderlust, he traveled the country from coast to coast and experienced everything from joining a traveling carnival to living in a commune in Maltby, Washington.
Dell had three goals in life and was blessed to achieve each one of them–he owned his own business, Serco Engines, he built and enjoyed a hot rod car, and was the frontman for a host of popular and sought-after bands.
While many knew Dell as a gifted singer, songwriter and performer, that was only his public persona.
When not performing, Dell loved to spend time with Deborah enjoying their diverse interest or in his shop working with his hands. Dell’s varied interests included woodworking, welding, chopping wood, feeding wild birds, gardening and cooking.
Dell loved life, Deborah, family, friends and music. He was a man who faced life’s challenges with strength, dignity, and above all, a remarkable sense of humor and wit.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the caring staff of Trellis Supportive Care, both in home and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
In lieu of flowers, Deborah and Dell’s family ask that friends continue to support your local musicians by visiting their tip jars frequently and generously in memory of Dell.
A celebration of Dell’s life will be held at a later date.
Published by Winston-Salem Journal on May 22, 2022.
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