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 Author  Topic: Alyce Guthrie PT Boats, Inc


Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of 29navy  Posted on: Jun 11, 2023 - 12:40pm
Greetings all,

Alyce Guthrie, the Executive Secretary, but more importantly, the heart and soul of PT Boats Inc, passed away last Thursday after battling COPD. For 41 years, she has been the major driver of PT Boats, after her dad and the founder of PT Boats, Inc,, Chief Boatswain's Mate James Newberry passed away.

She will be truly missed,

Alyce Mary Gutherie, known to her loved ones as Alyce, Mama, Grandy, and A.M., passed away on June 8, 2023, at the age of 79 in Memphis, Tennessee. Alyce was born on July 29, 1943, in Memphis to James Madden "Boats" Newberry and Alyce Mary Newberry. She graduated from White Station High School and the University of Memphis.

Alyce owned and operated Guthrie Rexall Drugs in Whitehaven and Nite Lites aerial advertising with her husband. She later became the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of PT Boats Inc. for nearly 40 years.

She was a long time member of The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots and Historical Naval Ships Association.

In her free time, Alyce had a great love for dogs, especially her rescued beagle, Elco. She enjoyed camping and traveling with her family all over the country, including many holidays spent on the gulf coast with her family. Alyce loved motor homing with husband Tom in the western mountains and visiting museums with her daughter and granddaughter.

Alyce is survived by her lifelong best friend and husband Thomas C. Guthrie III, her daughter Allyson G. Bethune, her granddaughter Hayley A. Bethune and her son-in-law Rick Bethune. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Steele C. Guthrie and brother James E. Newberry.

I lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to PT Boats inc. Po Box 38005, Germantown, TN 38138-0005 or the Memphis Humane Society.
Rest in Peace, Alyce. You will be deeply missed by all who knew you.
"Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything." C.S.Lewis

A memorial service will be held Minday June 19, 2023 at 2:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home with a visitation prior starting at 1:00pm.!/Obituary


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Dick   Send Email To Dick Posted on: Jun 11, 2023 - 3:04pm

Very sad to hear of this news, we had worked together for thirty years. She will sadly be missed, she was an icon for the PT boat organization and of the service as a whole.

God bless Alyce, may she rest in peace.

Dick . . . .

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Frank J Andruss Sr


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Became friends with Alyce many years ago. We spoke at least every other week and had so much to talk about, not only WWII PT BOATS, but Family and of course our dogs, which were both Beagles. I will miss talking with her very much. She was the heart beat of a wonderful organization after her Dad, Boats Newberry passed away. Meeting Alyce several times over the years was always fun for me. She will be missed by so many people. Rest assured though that when she gets to Heaven she will once again be reunited with her Mother, Father, Brother, and son. She will meet so many of the PT BOAT VETERANS that she worked so hard to keep in the public eye. They will board a PT Boat, moving at high speed towards the sun, only this time on a mission from God.

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What can one say about Alyce Mary, as I always called her, she was an amazing woman! I didn’t realize she was a pilot also, but it really doesn’t surprise me, she was a strong, self assured woman from old school parents.
In 1996, while on leave from Panama, I went out to PTHQ. It was great to finally meet her as we had corresponded and had phone conversations for a few years during my finding PT Boat survivors period with PT 308 and PT 48, and a few others. When I walked in, she and Mrs Boats were super welcoming. Alyce Mary then showed me to the photo/research room and told me I was on my own, because they were getting ready for the next function. I went through 10,000 photos in 8 hours that day, it was great.
In 2001, when my son was born, a PTHQ certificate celebrating his birth arrived at my home.
She was a wonderful person, and will be missed very much by those of us who knew her, but she is in a better place now, undoubtedly, organizing and getting ready for the next PT Boat Reunion in Valhalla.

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