Druscilla “Dru” Rosita Clayton Guthrie, age 77, of Hillsborough went home to be with her Savior on June 10, 2022, after a period of illness. She was born in Hillsborough, NC to Rainey Baines Clayton and Alcy Mae Johnson Clayton. She attended Hillsboro High School and Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She married Don Guthrie in 1967 and became the mother of four loving children.
She did secretarial work for Alamance County Social Services and later the Orange County Register of Deeds before operating a private daycare service from her Hillsborough home for many years. Many of the children she kept became like a “second family” and remained in contact with her over the years.
She loved music and enjoyed sharing her vocal talents in her youth as part of the “Clayton Sisters” trio. She also enjoyed a number of other hobbies including gardening and cooking. She was an excellent homemaker whose creativity, organizational skills, and generous hospitality were readily apparent in the frequent “get-togethers” she loved to host for family and friends.
Before declining health prevented her from attending, she was an active member of Beacon Baptist Church in Burlington, NC where she sang in the choir and taught children’s church. Her deep faith was clearly evident, and her walk with Christ was marked by perseverance and fervent prayer. Her gentle spirit, quiet strength, kindness, and humor made profound and lasting impressions on many who knew her.
Mrs. Guthrie was preceded in death by her sisters Priscilla Clayton Ray, Ella Joyce Clayton Kindall, and Mary Clayton Coggins; as well as her brother-in-law Brantley Marvin Ray Sr., and her brother-in-law Keith Lavern Kindall. She is survived by her husband Don Guthrie Sr. of Hillsborough, NC; her son and daughter-in-law Don Jr. “D. G.” and Amy Guthrie of Lexington, NC; her son David Guthrie of Midlothian, VA; her son and daughter-in-law Jonathan and Crystal Guthrie of Burlington, NC; her daughter Ellen Guthrie of Mebane, NC; as well as her twin sister and brother-in-law Diana Clayton Simms and Pafford “Pat” Simms of Greenville, SC; her brother-in-law Franklin Coggins of Gibsonville, NC; and numerous loving nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends at Walker’s Funeral Home in Hillsborough, NC, on Saturday June 18, starting at 2:00pm; followed by a service celebrating Mrs. Guthrie’s life at 3:00pm. Interment will be at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina.
Mrs. Guthrie’s family would sincerely like to thank Duke Hospice for their care and assistance over the past several months. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.walkersfuneralservice.com. Walker’s Funeral Service has been entrusted with assisting the family.