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Originally published: 2012-09-24 16:53:18
Last modified: 2012-09-25 10:45:48

John Avery Collins Guyton

John Avery Collins Guyton, 88, died on September 18, 2012. Mr. Guyton was born in Miami, Fla. in 1923, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Avery Guyton.
He graduated in 1942 from the Woodberry Forest School, in Orange, Va. In 1942, Mr. Guyton entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He left school to enlist in the United States Army where he served from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. He returned to and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1948, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Mr. Guyton also graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1959. Mr. Guyton moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1948. He served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Central Oil Company from 1948 until 1996.
Mr. Guyton is survived by his wife of fifty one years, Carole McSwain Guyton; his daughter, Avery Guyton Awmiller and her husband, Mark; his son John Avery Collins Guyton III and his wife, Ashley; his son, J Bryan Guyton and his wife, Lynn; and his daughter Collins Guyton Jacobson and her husband, Edward. He is survived by his grandchildren, Hill Bryan Coffee Awmiller, John Avery Collins Guyton IV, Jack Sanford Guyton, Marshall Banks Guyton, Curry McClintock Guyton, and Anna Charles Jacobson. He is also survived by his sister Camille Guyton   Guething, Key Biscayne, Fla.; his brother Thomas Bryan Guyton, Miami, Fla. and Robert Edward Guyton, Tampa. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Guyton Hector. Mr. Guyton leaves behind a multitude of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his lifelong friend, Robert Brown Latimer, Tampa.
Mr. Guyton was a fifty year member of the Tampa Yacht and Country Club as well as a member of the Blowing Rock Country Club. He sailed the Jose Gaspar for fifty five years with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. He was a former member of Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club and the University Club. He was an active member of Ybor City Rotary. Mr. Guyton was a member of Hyde Park Methodist Church. Mr. Guyton faithfully served on the Boards of Trustees of the Woodberry Forest School from which he received the Award of Distinguished Service,the Madeira School, Hillsborough Community College and Berkeley Preparatory School. Mr. Guyton also sits as an Emeritus member on the Board of Overseers of Stetson University College of Law where he is to be inducted into its Hall of Fame in October, 2012. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Bay Arts Center. He is an Emeritus member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He also served as president of the Davis Islands Civic Association several times.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at Hyde Park United Methodist Church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Stetson College of Law, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, or LifePath Hospice.
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