Sept. 21, 1942-Nov. 22, 2020
Funeral services for Dr. James Aubrey Guin, 78, of Ashland were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Ashland Baptist Church with Dr. David Moore, Bro. Austin Hand and Bro. Perry Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Weaver Cemetery. Services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta.
Dr. James Aubrey Guin was born Sept. 21, 1942, in Campti and passed from this life Nov. 22, 2020 Ashland.
He married Dorothy Ann Wooley Aug. 10, 1968, and they had two daughters, Jennifer and Danielle. They are members of Ashland Baptist Church where he served the church in many capacities, including Deacon.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching any type of sports. He was a farmer at heart, always having cows, horses and any type of chicken, duck or goose you could imagine.
Dr. Guin had an extensive career in the education of young people. He truly loved his profession. He had a servant’s heart, always wanting to help others and offering anything he had to someone in need. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Wooley Guin; daughters, Jennifer Griffin and husband Bill, and Danielle Curole and husband Chad; grandchildren, Josie LeAnne Griffin of Winnfield and fiance’ Nathan Schloer, Allie Danielle Curole of Ashland and Bradley Griffin and wife Amanda of Winnfield; great-grandchildren, Callie Griffin, John Bradley Griffin and Carly Griffin; brothers, Travis Guin (Mary Beth) of Campti, Gary Guin (Bonnie) of Blanchard and Ronald Guin (Pam) of Campti; sisters, Caroline Tauzin (Joe) of Bossier City, Barbara Vercher (Mike) of Bossier City and Shirley Mustin (John) of Campti; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bobby and Maxine Lum, and Johnny and Lillian Wooley all of Ashland; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and his aunts, Jeannie Wallace and Winnie Perot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Travis Daniel and Aleene Wallace Guin; and sisters, Rubye Guin Morgan and Patsy Guin Thompson.
Gentleman and a Scholar—is the best way I can describe him. But he was so much more than that to all of us who loved him. Husband, Daddy, Poppa, son, brother and uncle were a few names he would answer to, but he was not a person that could be easily defined by a single title. He was known as a teacher, coach, principal, Sunday school teacher, Deacon, friend and colleague.
His unique love for education began at an early age. As the fourth of nine children, he was eager to be an individual. He begged his parents to let him go to school, and even though he was only 4, he began first grade in Campti.
He graduated in 1959, at age 16, from Campti High School. From there he went to Northwestern State University where he graduated in the spring of 1963, at age 19.
While in college, he had no vehicle, so he would catch rides to school. After school, he would help his parents in their fish market and also was a guide on Black Lake.
He graduated on a Saturday from NSU and received draft papers on the following Monday for the Vietnam War. He decided to enlist in the United States Navy.
He spent four years on the USS Henry W. Tucker, a Gearing-Class destroyer, traveling all over the world. He was an air traffic controller and was in active combat stationed for 28 months in the waters off Vietnam. His ship received enemy fire for 22 of those months.
He completed his tour of duty in 1967, with the rank of Lieutenant. Because the nature of his job in communications required him to have Top Secret security, he was kept on active duty in case he needed to be recalled.
In July 1967, he met Dorothy Ann Wooley and they began dating. At this point he was the basketball coach and History/French teacher at Flora High School. Their dates consisted of basketball games. They often joked that they never even went to a movie. His basketball team won their District competition that year. He stayed at Flora through 1968, with the closing of the school.
From Flora, he went to Campti High School. He worked there as a teacher and coach until 1973.
In the fall of 1973, he was hired as Principal of Ashland High School. He was the youngest principal in the parish at that time. He was there until the school closed in the summer of 1981.
He went to North Natchitoches Elementary as Principal for a half year, then took a sabbatical to start work on doctoral classes.
In 1982, he was named Principal at Goldonna Elementary School. He was there for five years.
In the fall of 1987, he was named Principal at Campti High School. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the new Lakeview High School. The first graduating class included Danielle. He was her principal at Ashland, Goldonna and Lakeview. He was Jennifer’s principal at Ashland.
While principal at Campti, he wrote his dissertation and he received his Ed.D from Northwestern State University in 1990.
He retired from the NPSB in 2000.
The year 2001 brought the sources of his greatest joy, Josie LeAnne Griffin and Allie Danielle Curole. He loved them beyond words and was very active in their lives. But school called him once again.
He was an adjunct teacher at Northwestern State University teaching administration and principalship classes. He also worked with the State Department of Education during this time.
In Spring 2008, he was asked to help the Red River Parish School Board with their testing program. He taught classes in Civics and history. He had come full circle at this point, back to teaching, which he loved.
In the fall of 2009, he was named Principal of Castor High School. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of several new structures at the school, including a new sports complex, new vocational shop and other structures that would enhance the school for the students. He remained at Castor until the summer of 2020.
Serving as pallbearers were Bill Griffin, Chad Curole, Bradley Griffin, Nathan Schloer, Randall Rushing, Evan Warren, John Alan Wooley and Troy Wamsley.
Honorary pallbearers were Bruce LeBrun, Ronnie Quick, Bo Jinks, Michael Roderick, Danny Weaver, Anthony Hay, Nelson Conlay Jr., Greg Warren and the Deacons of Ashland Baptist Church.
Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home