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When Guy's mother, Martha Jane, died, his father, Jim, brought the boys back to McCurtain County, Oklahoma and gave them to various relatives and acquaintances.Guy was the only child who was officially adopted.Homer Augustus and Nora Ann Wright Gardner of the Cisco community adopted him on May 26, 1929, when he was 9 years old.the Gardners then moved to Sulphur, Oklahoma where Guy attended school through high school.
He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma for 3 years.He graduated from East Central State College, Ada, Oklahoma in the summer of 1942.
He received a masters degree from Oklahoma State University.
Guy entered the service as a Medical Corp. Tech.He was on active duty August 18, 1942 to September 4, 1943. He finished Officers Candidate School and was given a choice of a discharge or go overseas. (He was limited service)He was discharged as a Corporal, Patients Det. 1851 St. Unit, 8th Service Command, Camp Barkeley, TX.His army description was: blue eyes, red hair, ruddy complexion, 5 feet 8 inches in height, weight 185 lbs.
After his discharge in 1943 he began a teaching and coaching career that lasted 25 years. He coached football from junior high level to college at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.He also coached basketball, track, boxing, taught science and physical education.His long-term illness began in August 1968 when he was diagnosed as "manic depressive" and began having strokes.He was in and out of hospitals and finally taken to Bonham, Texas hospital in 1872 where he remained until his death in 1980.His burial was in Restland Cemetery- Mausaleum- 5th floor.