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Gifford, Guy Wilman

Posted: 4 Sep 2008 7:48PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Estes,Gifford,McGee
Guy Wilman Gifford passed away on August 30, 2008 in Austin,TX. He was born October 21, 1935 in Jumbo, AR to Henry and Dollie Estes Gifford. He was the youngest of seven children. Predeceasing him are his father Henry Hamilton Gifford of Melbourne, AR, his mother Dollie Estes Gifford of Austin, his siblings Lela Z Jones of Seattle, WA, Ossie B Gifford of Hye, TX, Evalee Irwin of Albuqueque, NM, Johnnie Wilke of Austin, TX and two brothers who died at an early age in Melbourne, AR. He, his mother and sister arrived in Austin in 1941. He graduated Austin High in 1953. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in economics. He began his career with the government while in college with the Dept. of Geological Survey. He continued his career with the government with the US Treasury as a revenue agent for the IRS. He was active in the US Army Reserves from 1962-1964. He became a computer programmer in Nov 1962. He was transferred from Washington, DC to Austin in 1965 to help set up the IRS service center computers in Austin. The last eight years of his career were spent in Washington, DC maintaining the computer system for the IRS. He also wrote the programs for the DIS Bridge System to update the old system. He received many awards through out his career for his outstanding work. He retired for the second time on May 30, 1996 with 39 years of distinguished service with the government and received the Albert Gallatin Award. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn McGee Gifford of Austin; and his children, Donald Jason Gifford and wife Cindy of Fort Worth, TX; and his daughter, Kathleen Grace and her husband William LaBerge, Jr. of Round Rock. His daughters, Nancy Gail Mundo of Charlotte, SC and Shari Lynn Perry of Dallas although not a part of his life were a part of his heart. He is also survived by his grandchildren, William Eric LaBerge, Honor Olivia LaBerge, Jacob Matthew LaBerge of RR, Christopher Lamar Winn-Gifford of Jachsonville, FL and Amanda Kay and husband Joseph Belper of White Settlement, TX. He also is survived by his nephew, Jerry Gifford and wife Debra of Austin; his niece, Sandra and husband Chester Ellebracht of Fredericksburg, TX; his nephew, Brice and wife Jeanette Gifford of Cedar Creek; and his niece, Ms. Sarah Hodges and son Josh of Cedar Creek. His long relationship with the McGees has made him a son, brother, uncle and loved one and he is survived by 100 members of that family. Guy was a very active parent in his son's scout Troop 399. So active in fact, that both Guy and his son Don earned membership in the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Baptist Men's Association as a member of Pecan Springs Baptist Church and was active with the youth department. He worked with the Guided Gadabouts at Ridgetop Baptist Church. His membership is now with Highland Park Baptist Church of Austin. He loved to visit the Civil War battlefields and was active in Volksmarches in several states walking over five hundred miles. His love of the outdoors is evident by the garden he helped create. He was a member of the Iris Society of Austin. Although in the background, his hard work help produce the winning irises that his wife showed. They shared the top award for Region 17 in 2004 and in 2007. While in the Virgina area, he was introduced to poetry and writing and was a member of the Live Poet's Society of Alexandria, VA. He compiled some of his writings to share with close family and friends in 1996. He was editor of his wife's family history that was compiled in 1993 and presented to the family while living and working in Washington, DC area. His assistance with research at the National Archives and area libraries helped make the compilation of research and family memory pieces come into being. He also edited a short story written by his mother-in-law, Joyce McGee, to share with family after her death in 1996. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Zilker Botanical Garden Center of Austin or to the Iris Society of Austin towards a park bench to be placed near the iris garden as his memorial. During his long illness, many doctors, nurses and care givers are gratefully thanked for their time and devoted to his care. Special thanks are to Dr. Darren Geyer, nurse, Kathleen, Dr Laura Bunch, Dr. John Ziebert, Dr. John Felger, Dr. Laura Gilbey, Dr. Tim Faulkenberry, and nurse, Gloria, Dr. Onan, nurse: Regina, Tracy, Tatiana, Mary, Penny; and all those others that were in this fight. Cremation of Mr. Gifford's remains will be performed by Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home. A celebration of his life and reception will be held at, Highland Park Baptist Church at 10 o'clock Friday September 5, 2008 in the Sapp reception hall. Lunch is provided by the family.

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