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Lottie Jean Guilford

Lottie Jean Ayers Guilford, 84, resident of 82 Woodhaven Lane widow of Sam Jefferson Guilford Passed away Friday Nov. 27, 2020 at the Hospice House in Greenwood, SC.

Born Nov. 7, 1936 she was a daughter of the late Earl Pelham Ayers and Qurdee Cleveland Ayers.

She grew up in Abbeville, SC where she started teaching dance at the age of 14. She studied dance in NYC and traveled around Georgia and South Carolina Teaching countless number of children to dance. Her love of dance spilled over to her 2 daughters and granddaughter and they are carrying on her legacy at The Greenwood Dance Center (formerly Lottie Jean’s School of Dance). She met her late husband Sam on a blind date and loved him everyday from that day forward. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and teacher. She loved her family, friends, our dance families and students and most of all her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She touched so many lives and impacted everyone she met in a positive way. She always remembered peoples name and cared deeply for others. She treasured her memories and friends at Abbeville First Baptist Church and New Covenant Church. She was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. 

Survivors include: a son Jeff Guilford (Felicia) of Greenwood, SC; two daughters Jeanne Ware (Clyde) of Abbeville, SC and Jill Kagley (Larry) of Greenwood, SC; five grandchildren Matthew Ware (Lauren), Haven Amiri (Nak), Cade Kagley, Samantha and Jenna Guilford; three great-grandchildren Holland, Paxton and Maya.

A Celebration of Lottie Jean’s life with family and close friends will be conducted Friday Dec. 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM at New Covenant Church with the Rev. David Harrell officiating. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic face mask will be required to enter and social distancing will be followed. A drive by visitation will follow in the church parking lot.

The family request please no flowers or plants in memory of Lottie Jean just memorials to RCRI PO Box 423, Due West, SC 29639 all monies raised will go towards building a girls dormitory at Nyabihu Christian Academy in memory of Lottie Jean or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646. 

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Jeff, Jeanne and family - my deepest condolences. Lottie Jean was an amazing lady She helped so many of us find a little bit of rhythm, and maybe even a touch of gracefulness. She even kept a straight face when some of us did cartwheels at 45 degree angels at the end of each class! A lady full of grace, kindness and talent. You are in my prayers.

Beth Clay Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM

Deepest condolences, love, and prayers for you all. Many fond memories involving dance, theatre and all things Abbeville.

Oscar & Melanie Reid Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of Lottie Jean and dance. I started dancing with her when I was four years old and went all the way through to senior in high school. She was such a sweet person. Prayers for Jeanie, Jill, and all of the family.

Betsy Dutton Dec 6 2020 12:00 AM

Susan G Gladden Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Guilford Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mom was an amazing lady. May God bring Peace to you all....

Harby Williams Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

I just learned of Lotties passing tonight from my sister, Julie. Lottie came to my mother Nell's funeral in July of 2018 and it was first time I had seen her since I was young and lived up the street from the Guilfords in the neighborhood I grew up in. She and my mother were the same age and had known each other ever since my mom moved to Abbeville her Senior year at AHS.

Each Christmas, Lottie and Sam would spearhead the Pathway to Christ (if I remember the name correctly) luminaries on Woodland Way and Millwood Drive. We would always go down the street to their house and Sam would fill brown paper bags with sand that we would light candles in along the sides of the streets every night during the Christmas break from school.
People would drive through the neighborhood with their headlights off to follow the candlelit path.

It was easy to take for granted the community leadership that we grew up with in Abbeville back in the days of our youth. Then we truly feel the void when those leaders pass away. I have been a born-again Christian since 1998 and truly believe there is a next step after our time on Earth is done.

My prayers go out to Jeanne, Jill, and Jeff during this difficult time.

Mark Clark Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Ms Lottie was such a sweet, caring lady. She definitely always remembered names and that is one of the things my daughter Chloe spoke of about her. We will miss seeing her smiling face at dance and the recitals and of course having her picture made with the girls at the end of the year. Many prayers to all of you in the many days ahead!

Stephanie Ison Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Ms lottie jean. She taught me dance for years and years. She is no doubt the sweetest ladies I've ever met. So glad I was young when she taught me . I remember her words of wisdom. And how shed say dance like no ones watching... Heaven definitely got a precious angel...

Debra saxon Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Debra saxon Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of Ms. Lottie Jean's passing. I have very fond memories of taking dance from her at Ms. Lottie Jean's school of dance in Abbeville. She was a wonderful and patient teacher! Prayers to all of you during this difficult time!

Brandi (Graham) Carruth Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

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