Arthur Guinn, the son of John Frank Guinn and Ida Patilla was born on July 14, 1929. He went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 23, 2018. It is difficult to sum up a life well spent. He enjoyed working and meeting the needs of his family. He joined the Army at the age of 17 (did not disclose his actual age). In his later years, he frequently shared stories, about his time in the military. During basic training, the military selected him to help desegregate troops, assigning him to an all Caucasian unit and later assigning him as a squadron leader! He went on to served as a large weapons trainer for the United Nations Forces during the Korean War.
Arthur was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. As a husband, he was married to the love of his life, Rachel for several years, before her death in 2014. As a father he and Rachel had three sons who mourn their loss; Ray (Lorraine), Anthony “Tony”, Reginald “Reggie” (Tonya). He will be sorrowfully missed by grandchildren; Anthony “Lil Tony”, Sequoyah, Andrea Spence (Dennis), Marie, and Akilah, great-grandchildren, Kaliah, Anthony Jr. and Rajanee, Taraji, Alessandra, McKenzie and one great- great- grandchild. As one of five children, he also leaves to mourn his only surviving sibling, Henry Guinn, his brother in laws, Harvey Johnson, and Wayne and Robert Gray, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Always a hard worker, Arthur rarely could be found lounging. After working for several construction companies, in 1968 he founded Art Concrete Construction Inc., making him one of few qualified minority owned construction companies in the state of Delaware. His business practices exemplified quality over quantity. A job was not complete until it was done right. As the owner he hired and trained a number of individuals who were able to later move on and further their careers in the construction field. Art loved growing vegetables and flowers in the summer and spent most of his time out of doors.
Sometimes a man of few words and never one to boost, Art was very generous. As a father and grandfather, he willing took time to talk with his sons and grandchildren. Freely sharing his life stories, lessons learned and advice to live by. He freely helped family members and friends, providing monetary support and time. Most importantly, Arthur gave his life to Christ in 2016. During the last few months of his life, he attended church services held at Pinnacle Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center where he resided, Praise God for a life well lived!
Funeral Service Friday, 3/2/2018, 11 am at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, DE where friends may gather starting at 9 am. Interment Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery.