TEMPLE – Sampson Chappell Guthrie Jr. passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Scott and White Hospital.

No public services are planned, but a private memorial for family will be held at a later date at the Guthrie Ranch in Zephyr, Texas.

Sam Guthrie Jr. was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Brownwood, Texas, where he graduated in 1949 from Brownwood High School. Sam went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Corps of Cadets. After graduating, Sam served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in the 44th Tank ABN of the 82nd Airborne Division.

He was married to Catherine “Cathy” Marie Moore on Nov. 15, 1957, in Brownwood. They moved to Temple in 1960 where Sam founded Guthrie Oil Company Inc., which he operated until his retirement in 1998.

A lifetime Aggie, Sam was an Endowed Member of the 12th Man Foundation. He also served as Legislative Liaison for the Texas Oil Marketers Association (TOMA) which is now the TPCA.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Guthrie; sons, Sam Guthrie III and Keith Guthrie of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Gordon Baird of Thompson’s Station, Tenn.; grandchildren, Chappell, Justin, Julie, London and Trey.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, S.C. “Chappell” Guthrie Sr. and Zettie Jewell Guthrie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the First United Methodist Church of Temple, Texas, to The Building Fund, P.O. Box 669, Temple, TX 76503.