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Robert David Guyton

Male 1927 - 2015  (87 years)

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  • Name Robert David Guyton 
    Born 3 Feb 1927  York, Sumter, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jan 2015  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried River Ridge Cemetery, Franklin, Monroe, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9770  Martin Family
    Last Modified 31 May 2019 

    Father James Robert Guyton 
    Mother Mayme Jordan,   b. 1906, Chatom, Washington, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943  (Age 37 years) 
    Family ID F3805  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edna Claire Harper,   b. 5 Jul 1927, Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1998  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Jun 1953  Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Stephen Robert Guyton,   b. 21 Feb 1957, Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1996, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Living
    Last Modified 31 May 2019 
    Family ID F3812  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Feb 1927 - York, Sumter, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jun 1953 - Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jan 2015 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - River Ridge Cemetery, Franklin, Monroe, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes  Died:
    • Robert David Guyton M.D., 87, died January 16, 2015, at Tulane Medical Center's Cardiac Care Unit. He was one of 10 children born to Mayme Jordan Guyton and James Robert Guyton in York, Alabama. Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Alabama for one semester before joining the United States Navy. He spent two years as a hospital corpsman and was later stationed in Pensacola, Florida. Following his Honorable Discharge, Robert attended Livingston University for two years before transferring to the University of Alabama and receiving his B.S. degree in 1949. He attended the then new University of Alabama College of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, graduating in 1953.

      That same year he married Claire Harper from Montgomery, Alabama. Claire played violin in the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Robert went into an obstetrics and gynecology practice with Dr. Hal Ferguson. The Guytons lived in Mountain Brook, and were members of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church. While practicing at Simon-Williamson Clinic, Robert later served as chief of staff at Baptist Medical Center-Princeton. He delivered 4,062 babies in his medical career before retiring in 1989 and moving to New Orleans, Louisiana.

      In the mid-1970's, Robert and Claire became very interested in property in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Robert always found New Orleans to be a fascinating place, particularly as he spent much time as a child in the summers with relatives who lived near City Park. He and Claire purchased the Lanata House Apartments, two Greek Revival buildings constructed in 1847. They purchased several other properties in the French Quarter, including Lafitte Guest House, a 14-room bed and breakfast on Bourbon Street. It was a source of great joy, furnished in the Victorian style, where friends, family, and guests from all over the world were entertained. His son Stephen Robert Guyton, who preceded him in death, worked at "the Guest House" for at least 10 of the 20 years Robert and Claire owned it.

      In 1987, Robert met Robert Edward (Bob) Goggin, in New Orleans. Robert and Bob traveled extensively, supported the arts, and entertained at the Lanata House Apartments, which was their home for nearly 30 years. They hosted annual family reunions at the Guyton home place every Thanksgiving in York, Alabama where Robert was born and raised.

      Robert is survived by his loving daughter Gigi Guyton and her life partner Jennifer Lummis of Gray, Maine; his partner Bob Goggin of New Orleans; one sister, Carolyn Guyton Kearns and her husband, Don Kearns, of High Point, North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

      His parents, his wife, his son, and eight of his siblings preceded him in death.

      In the words of Robert himself, he was "Baptist by birth, but Episcopalian by choice, lover of all the arts and supporter of many, an avid reader of just about everything, love to travel and just a great believer in the fact that basically human beings are fine creations." Robert or "Doc" as he was affectionately known by his tenants and friends, touched the lives of many, many people. He served as the patriarch of the Guyton family, the perfect southern gentleman, possessed an incredible sense of humor, was a perpetual optimist, a savvy businessman, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In honor of him, the family asks that you share a fond memory over a glass of wine, and make a donation to the charity of your choice.

      There will be a Night Wake from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at 10:00am on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Mary's Church, 1116 Chartres St.

      A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. A Memorial service will also be held at the York Baptist Church with the interment to follow at the York Cemetery during the next annual Guyton Thanksgiving family reunion. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com

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