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Randall “Randy” Darwin Guess

Randall “Randy” Darwin Guess

October 30, 1949 - June 28, 2020     Age: 70

Randall “Randy” D. Guess, 70, of Fernandina Beach passed away at his home Sunday, June 28, 2020.

He was born in Chattanooga, TN and was a son of the late George and Mildred Jones Guess. Early in his life he began living with his grandparents, George and “Nanny” Sarah Jones. Randy was always thankful to have those loving and caring grandparents in his life and believed they were responsible for his success in life.

Randy moved to Fernandina Beach in 1969 shortly after marrying the love of his life, Kay Williams Guess. Randy’s first job was at Terminal Bag. It was there he met his best friend, Jack Barniak. They remained friends and “hunting buddies” ever since. Later, he worked as a carpenter for both Bob Douglass and Arnold Holland. His work included several projects in the infancy of Amelia Island Plantation.  After a few years in the construction trade,  Mr. Guess would find his true calling and join the Fernandina Beach Fire Department.

Beginning in 1977, Randy would begin a career as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and eventually a Paramedic which would last until his retirement in 2003. During his career he furthered his education and obtained his Associates Degree in Emergency Medicine and thus, became a paramedic. After a change in the structure of Emergency Services he decided he would return to his work as a Firefighter. He became qualified as an Engineer and would retire at the rank of Lieutenant. He was also instrumental in the beginnings of Local # 2836 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. He served for many years as its president.

Away from work Randy enjoyed working with his hands as a woodworker, making pens and turkey calls. He was a member of the Florida Artist Blacksmiths Association. He was known for the quality of his hand forged knives. He also loved the outdoors. He was a member of the former Brickyard Hunting Club for over 20 years as well as enjoying fishing and especially flounder gigging with his son, Erik.

His son said he will always remember his Dad for teaching him to respect other people, to stand up and offer his seat to a lady or an older person, saying please and thank you as well as the importance of being a well mannered gentleman.

Randy leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Brenda “Kay” Williams Guess and his son, Erik Guess, both of Fernandina Beach; two grandsons, Edward James and Ian Marshall Guess of Wellington, FL; a God Daughter, Jodi Watkins of Jacksonville, FL; three step brothers, Tom Allen Morrison of Jasper, Tennessee, Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, TN and Pat Morrison of Jasper, AL; a step sister, Ingrid Morrison of Jacksonville, Alabama.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 9, 2020 beginning at 3:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors with Chaplain Jim Tippins officiating. Fire Department Honors will be rendered by the Fernandina Beach Fire Department.

The family asks that Randy be remembered by donations to Community Hospice and Palliative Care.

13 Condolences

  • Nick and Dale Deonas Posted June 29, 2020 6:06 pm

    Randy always had a smile and a great conversation, always ready to answer any call into any situation to help anyone in need. RIP brother.

  • Barry & Danielle McKendree Posted June 29, 2020 8:40 pm

    Randy, or affectionately known as “Uncle Randy” (to my wife and I), was one of the smartest firefighter/paramedic I have had the privilege to call a friend and brother. He was a man of many talents and a master of all. He will be greatly missed and will be remembered for the many things he taught me. I love you brother!

  • Christene Stewart Posted June 30, 2020 2:26 pm

    I never got a chance to meet Randy, but I have heard so many wonderful things about him. What a great man he was, and I know his family and friends were very proud of him. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all his loved ones.

  • Robert H Sanders Posted June 30, 2020 10:23 pm

    May I offer my condolences Kay, Erik and family. Find comfort in the memories and rejoice in the journey complete, cherish the grief in Love remembered. As memories turn grief to gratitude, allow them to return Love completely and bring you Peace

  • Genie Duggsn Posted June 30, 2020 10:38 pm

    Our community lost a fine man with Randy’s passing. He had a kind heart and was brave enough to enter a burning building. My heart goes out to Kay and Erik. My deepest sympathy to all the family members. Rest in eternal peace Randy. I know you’ll always be near Kay where ever she is.

  • Chris Stewart Posted July 1, 2020 11:18 am

    So sorry for your loss .

  • Maureen Dunn Posted July 1, 2020 11:41 am

    I will always remember Randy happy. He always had a smile and a funny story to share. A loving husband and father and a loyal friend and a servant to this community was evident in the life he lived. “May the
    lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.” 2 Thessalonians 3;16

  • Brenda Shropshire Posted July 2, 2020 5:17 am

    Goodbye my sweet friend. I’ve carried you in my heart since we were 15. So many memories you’ve left with so many people of your smile, humor and love. You helped me survive adolescence and brought me a new friend in Kay. Travel safe and tell the rest of them I’ll be there before too long.

  • Carmen Courson Posted July 2, 2020 6:57 am

    Kay I’m so very sorry for your loss. Randy was certainly a special person. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Forest Willis Posted July 2, 2020 7:09 pm

    Randy was one of the first people to take me under hid wing when I joined FBFR. One of the caring and drdicated paramedics and a great carpenter.Rest in peace Randy and prayets for the family.

  • Andy Crosby Posted July 2, 2020 7:51 pm

    Had the privilege of having Uncle Randy as my first officer in the Fire Service. He was a gentle giant who taught me so much just by watching how he treated others.

  • Nancy Williams Posted July 5, 2020 2:54 pm

    I l live on Philips Manor and am a member of the Island Art Association. Malcolm and I would like to express our sympathy. To you and your family. On behalf of the art gallery, they would like to offer their condolences.

  • Don Pope Posted July 5, 2020 4:13 pm

    Kay and Erik, Randy always impressed me as good husband and a great father…
    He’ll be missed

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