Jacquelyn Draughon Guthrie, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at NHC Healthcare in Springfield, TN. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 27th at 2:00 p.m., in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with Jack Smith, Gary Tate, Buddy Sneed, Jim Stroud, James Brown, and Danny Atchley serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 26th, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Jacquelyn was born October 19, 1935, in Springfield, TN to Jack M. Draughon and Nancy Glidewell Draughon. She is preceded in death by her parents, and the father of her children, Thomas Guthrie, Jr. She was a member of the Springfield High School class of 1953, attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1957.
Her mother stated, “I named her Jacquelyn and that’s what I call her”, but everyone else knew her as “Jackie”. Jackie had a happy childhood growing up on a farm in Springfield. In the 1920s, her entrepreneurial father, Jack, and his brother, Louis Draughon, started what became Draughon Brothers Oil Company. They began a radio station, WSIX, to advertise their business; the station later moved to Nashville.
Jackie was a stay-at-home mother until she took over her family's business at the death of her uncle in 1980. Jackie's office was in the 638 Building on the court house square in Springfield, where her father and uncle started their business. She worked there until her retirement at age 80.
Agriculture was a large part of Jackie's life. She enjoyed riding on the family farms with the farm managers to view the crops, the land and cattle. She also loved parties, spur-of-the-moment adventures, eating out, politics and traveling (mostly for missions).
It was important to Jackie to make her community and world a better place, and she did so by being involved in many organizations. She helped bring the YMCA to Springfield and was a board member there for over 20 years. She was an active member of the Springfield Kiwanis Club since 1991, being one of the first two women invited to join the club. She was a member of the Northcrest Hospital Board of Trustees and a trustee at the former Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. She held leadership roles with McKendree Village, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Scholarship Foundation of Robertson County, the Northcrest Hospital Foundation, the Five Rivers Resource, Conservation and Development group, the Stokes Brown Public Library building committee, and the Wednesday Study Club. She attended the first Leadership Robertson County and the first Springfield Police Academy for citizens. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield. She was known as a philanthropist who supported many organizations at home and abroad.
Jackie loved her family and supported their activities and interests. She was the family cheerleader. Her daughter remembers her mom attending all her 4-H competitions and teaching her to cook and sew. Jackie even became her Girl Scout troop leader which required camp outs, even though she hated camping! Likewise, she encouraged her son's early interests in ham radio and flying. As a grandmother, she flew to Pennsylvania to attend her grandchildren Emily and Jack's school events and activities. She loved watching movies, and it became a tradition with them to view movies in the theater. A proud moment for her was attending her grandson’s Navy graduation. She supported her granddaughter, Daria, in her musical training and recitals. It was important for Jackie to support her niece, Muzetta Swann Miller, by attending her recitals as well as her music students' recitals.
Jackie is survived by her daughter Jennifer Warner; son Edison Guthrie (wife Susan); her grandchildren Emily Smith, Jack Smith (wife Leticia), Daria Guthrie; and two Yorkie God dogs, Jackson Brown and Presley.
In lieu of flowers, Jackie asked that memorial contributions be made to the Open Door Pregnancy Resource Center, Willow Oak Center for Arts & Learning, Springfield First United Methodist Church, or the Robertson County Family YMCA. Contributions can be sent to the Robertson County Funeral Home.
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