James Russell Guilhas, age 85, passed away to his heavenly home on August 19, 2016. He was born on June 1, 1931 to Edward and Clements Gillard Guilhas.
He owned and operated Osage Seismic drilling company for many years. However, if you asked him, he would always say, I am just a "doodle bugger". He enjoyed working with old cars and loved old tractors. Mr. Guilhas was an active member of St. Edwards Catholic Church of Athens. He is preceded in death by his parents. His Mom passed away when he was a small child and later his father.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Shirley Ruth Guilhas. Brothers; Ray Guilhas and wife Dorothy and Harold Guilhas and wife Blanche. One son; Randy Guilhas and wife Bernadette. One daughter, Pamela Haltom and husband Stephen, also Jessie Williams who was like a son to James. Four grandsons, Jacob Guilhas and wife Heather, Jason Guilhas and wife Sarah, Robert Garduno, Michael Garduno and wife Jennifer. Three granddaughters, Kathy Guilhas, Sarah Haltom, and Felicia Haltom. Also surviving are 7 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with Rosary Service beginning at 5:30 PM at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM Monday, August 22, 2016 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory of to the St. Edwards Catholic Church of Athens.
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Published on August 22, 2016