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Richard Meade Guillan

Originally published: May. 13, 2013
Last modified: May. 13, 2013

Mr. Richard "Dick" Meade Guillan, 91, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

He was born March 1, 1922, in White Plains, N.Y., to the late Harry and Amy Dufour Guillan. Mr. Guillan was a member of Unity Moravian Church. He retired from TWA as an airline captain after 38 years of service. He later owned "Rambling Springs Ranch" in Glendale Springs, where he grew Frasier fir Christmas trees. He was the first Christmas tree farmer to operate a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in the area. He also co-owned Coast-to-Coast Hardware in Elkin.

During his early flying career he learned to navigate by the stars and flew open cockpit planes with plywood wings. During WWII, he worked as a flight instructor with the Army Air Corps. One of his favorite hobbies was restoring antique cars, including a 1920 "Baby Grand" touring Chevy.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Peggy Guillan; three daughters, Becky Guillan, Candi Cape, and Janis Carey; five grandchildren, Shannon Parks, Stacey Manley, Jeff Cape Jr., Daniel Cape, and Natalie Carey; six great-grandchildren; also surviving is a brother, Bruce Guillan.

A graveside service was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Unity Moravian Church Graveyard with the Rev. Dr. Bill McElveen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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