The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 21, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, March 22, 2012



Darrell Ray ‘Farmer’ Guilliams

Darrell Ray “Farmer” Guilliams, 36, of Quinwood, died March 9, 2012.

Darrell was a loving son, husband and father of six. He loved his father, Arlie “Farmer Sr. Guilliams” deeply and wanted to please him with many aspects of his journey through life. Darrell spent his life developing and protecting the special relationship and bond only a father and son can share; striving to make dad proud by following in his footsteps both personally and professionally; expanding relationships through sharing special moments and experiences with all; expanding his knowledge and abilities through individual learning or through professional development opportunities; and beaming with love and happiness of his family and children, so apparent, all could see.

Still grieving over his father’s recent death (June 2011), he leaves behind a loving family, including his  mother, Ida Starcher Guilliams Woodring of Quinwood; wife, Patricia “Trish” Redden Guilliams of Quinwood; children, Ivory Martin, James “Junior” Guilliams, Sheldon Redden, Casity Guilliams, Christine Guilliams, and Harlie Darrell Guilliams; siblings, Dr. Sherri Guilliams Turner and husband Dr. Dean W. Turner of Dublin, Va. and Rachell Guilliams Stover and brother-in-law Charles Stover of Quinwood; nieces and nephews, Brittany Guilliams of Gauley Bridge and Christian Martin of Wytheville, Va.; additional family members, Theresa, William and James Redden, all of Meadow Bridge, and James “Papaw” Rodgers of Meadow Bridge; as well as many friends and colleagues.

Throughout Darrell’s life he loved spending time with his family and friends enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Most any adrenaline-filled activity would fit his need for speed and danger. Examples include 4-wheeling, mud bogging, and racing. Most anything extreme confirmed his need to push  himself to the limit.

Darrell was about eight or nine years of age when he began learning many aspects of the family business, A.G. Trucking, ranging from picking out the exact socket for dad to providing mechanical and delivery solutions encountered in the coal businesses in southern West Virginia. Dad was proud.

He had a love of music and shared his talents on guitar with his grandfather (banjo), his mother (voice, piano, and guitar), and his sisters (voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums). Most memorable and special to him were the times spent playing with his very best friend, Clinton McMillion (guitar), whom he lost at a very young age.

A few years back, he earned his black hat for mining coal through Kingston Harvest No. 1 and gained experience running extremely large equipment such as the Triple-7. He drove tractor trailers coast to coast and years of short hauls supporting local mining companies and various contractual businesses.

Darrell lived in this area most of his life with the exception of a short time spent in Staunton, Va., where he also gained employment under the guidance of Andy Selmon. Through Andy’s mentoring, Darrell learned how to run various aspects of the mobile home transportation and installation business. Darrell also developed a very special friendship with him. He often said, “Andy is my friend,, he’s my second father.” In closing, we encourage family, friends, and colleagues to tell his story. Write them down. Share them often. Most importantly, encourage his children to remember that he is not far away and will always be in their hearts to comfort them as they make their journey through life.

A celebration of his life was held March 15 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Dr. Dean “Doc” W. Turner officiating.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.

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