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Judge Julian Phelps Guinn

August 9, 1933 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 84)
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Longtime Henry County Circuit Court Judge, Julian Phelps Guinn, age 84 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN.


Julian graduated from Henry High School and began work for the railroad.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954.  He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.  Following his service as a naval officer, he entered the University of Tennessee in 1962 and graduated from law school with his juris doctor degree in 1965.  Right after his graduation from law school, he entered into law practice in Paris with Aaron C. Brown Jr. and Aaron C. Brown Sr. and then worked a 13-year partnership with W. Brown Hawley II.  In 1984, he began his Circuit Court Judgeship for the 24th Judicial District and retired from his seat in 2006. 


Julian was born August 9, 1933, in Detroit, MI, to the late James Isham Guinn and the late Hallie Mae Phelps Guinn.


He was married December 30, 1959, to Cynthia Ann Dodd Guinn, who preceded him in death on October 20, 2017.


He is survived by one daughter, Tracy Guinn of Anchorage, AK; three sons, Matt (Chardonnay) Guinn of Springville, TN, Mark (Katie) Guinn of Ruston, LA, and James Allen Dodd Guinn of Martin, TN; one sister, Sandra Clay of Los Angeles, CA; and three grandchildren, Jacob Thomas Guinn of Atlanta, GA, Darby Halligan Guinn of Atlanta, GA, and Julian Dodd Guinn of Springville, TN.


Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN.  The body is to be cremated.  Memorial visitation will be Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service to begin at 4:30 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. John's Community Service. Julian and Cynthia's youngest son, James, has been a long time member of the St. John's Community. Julian and Cynthia have organized numerous efforts to support St. John's over the years, and the family wishes to continue that tradition. Donations may be addressed to:
St. John's Community Service
ATTN: Doug Clark
50 Volunteer Blvd
Jackson, TN 38305


Charitable donations may be made to:

St. John's Community Service Attn: Doug Clark
50 Volunteer Blvd, Jackson TN 38305

 Service Information

Memorial Visitation
December 16, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Ridgeway Funeral Home
201 Dunlap St.
Paris, TN 38242

Memorial Service
December 16, 2017

4:30 PM
LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home
201 Dunlap St
Paris, TN 38242

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