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Ernest Harlan Guise

Ernest Harlan Guise, 96, of Cashiers and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home overlooking Lake Glenville on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Born in Gustavus, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Harry and Mary Guise; brothers, Carleton and Francis (Bud); sisters, Dorothy and Nellie (Allday); and son, Gary.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jo Ann Guise; sons Rodney (Lynn), Jack (Carol) and Curtis (Beverley); 13 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

During WWII, Ernie attended Embry Riddle Aviation School, entered the Civil Service as an aircraft mechanic at Egland Field, Florida, and was an assistant foreman at Grenada Army Air Base, MS. He joined the Air Force Cadets for over two years and served at several military bases and fields where he got his wings. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1946. He studied architecture and business administration under the GI bill and worked in construction, and later investing and real estate.

He developed Li’l Switzerland subdivision in 1959 on Lake Glenville in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where many neighbors, friends and family enjoyed the lake near him.

Ernie enjoyed golf, boating, water-skiing, fishing, motorcycling, dancing, travel and raising “our pups” for Canine Companions for Independence. 

A funeral service was held on Sept. 10 at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, Florida.  

There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Cashiers United Methodist Church, 894 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Memorial donations may be made to Canine Companions for Independence — SER, P.O. Box 680388 Orlando, FL 32868-0388.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
94 U.S. Highway 64 West, Suite 1 (Shoppes on the Green)
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173