Rev. Gilbert Guidry Jr.

July 20, 1954        -     September 29, 2020

Gilbert Guidry Jr. was born to Leola and Gilbert Guidry Sr. on July 20, 1954 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Affectionately known as “June”, he was raised in Baton Rouge, LA along with his four siblings.

After graduating from Capitol High School in 1973, he joined the U.S. Army where he served in Fort Hood, Texas, Korea and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It was in Texas that he met his long-time wife Charlotte Guidry. The two married on April 26, 1975 and welcomed their first child Gilbert Guidry III while he was stationed in Korea in 1977.

Gilbert left the military in 1979 and the couple moved to Dallas, TX where he started work as a parts-man for several companies. It was at Cook Paint that he met Rev. Larry Stanley, his life-long friend and “Father in Gospel.” After relinquishing to one of Rev. Stanley’s many invites to visit his church, Gilbert and Charlotte were moved to join and re-establish their faith on their very first visit. Soon after he was called to ministry and preached his first sermon at Puget Street Christian Church. He also welcomed his second son Raymond Guidry during this time.

He went on to become Senior Pastor at Cedar Grove Christian Church in Rockwall, TX where the Guidry’s welcomed their final child Brandon Guidry. He continued his ministry at two additional churches over the years: Bonnie View Christian Church in Dallas, TX and New Vision Christian Church in Fort Worth, TX. Over his ministry he counseled, comforted and mentored many as well as serving a stint as District II Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship (TCMF) President.

Outside of ministry, he enjoyed fishing (a past-time inherited from his father), watching sports and having a good time at family gatherings. He moved back to Baton Rouge in 2019 to be closer to his mother and siblings. He was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

He leaves his three sons Gilbert III, Raymond and Brandon and their mother Charlotte; grandchildren Kamari Guidry and Gavin Guidry; his siblings Mary Guidry Dixon, Ronnie Guidry (Larissa), Katherine Alexander (Henry) and Eddie Guidry (Shelby); his mother-in-law Bertha Solomon; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Leola and Gilbert Guidry Sr. and his father-in-law Carl D. Solomon.

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