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William Guy Delaney

William Guy Delaney

W. Guy Delaney, 86, of Perryville, AR died November 17, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born June 25, 1931 in Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlotte, his eldest daughter Rebecca, his parents, Bill and Jewel Delaney and his beautiful sister Billie.

He is survived by his daughters Amy Young, Elaine Delaney, Annette Delaney and his son Harvey Young, six grandchildren; Adam and Andrew Bruce, Josh and Nathan Young and Delaney and William Dunlap, sister and brother-in-law Ginger and Carroll Johnson, nieces Judy Stanke, Debra Barrett, Stacy Cooper and nephews Bruce Permenter and David Johnson.

He graduated from Milby High School in Houston, Texas then attended Texas A & M where he earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and P.E. Degrees. He then went on to serve as a Second Lieutenant in the army at Fort Chaffe, Arkansas. Upon completion of military service, he, Charlotte and Rebecca moved to Pasadena, Texas where he was employed by Signal Oil and Gas.

In 1963, and four daughters later, Guy received his call to the ministry. Charlotte, being the ever present rock of strength, supported this new chapter in his life. The family moved to Austin, Texas and he attended Austin Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity.

During his career, Guy served as Associate Pastor of Bellaire Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, Associate Pastor Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, Pastor and Head of Staff at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Virginia, faculty member of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, Interim Pastor at All Soul’s Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, Pastor and Head of Staff at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, President of Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Retreat and Conference Center in Hunt, Texas, Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas and Interim Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Morrilton, Arkansas. While on staff at Union Theological Seminary, he received his Doctorate of Ministry.

Guy was a champion for the disadvantaged and fought against injustice. Through his example, he taught his children about compassion and diversity. As a family they attended political rallies, boycotts, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and civil rights events. He was an advocate for equal pay and benefits for all. Guy was a strong opponent of the Vietnam War, as witnessed by his unpopular billboards. He was chairperson for the Arkansas Committee for National Health Insurance and testified before Congress with Ted Kennedy. Unfortunately, he did not see this come to fruition.

Guy’s generous heart, compassion and humor were witnessed by all who knew him. He was there to listen, advise, support and at times entertain.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Morrilton, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Guy’s memory to Heifer International at

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"The passing of Guy Delaney fills me with sadness. We were colleagues at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock--he as associate pastor, I as Christian Educator. We traveled throughout Arkansas Presbytery doing leadership training and youth ministry, founding programs that continue to this day. He and his wife, Charlotte, were true Texans, and I have never forgotten their easy-going friendliness and open-hearted acceptance. I rejoice in the wonderful children and grandchildren who carry on their parents' legacy. "
Anna H. Bedford | Sarasota, FL

"Dear Amy, Elaine and Annette and family:

Eddie and I will never forget Guybo's friendship and kindness to us. May God grant him eternal rest. May the family be granted strength and peace during this time.


Annette & Eddie Gary | Little Rock, AR

"We will miss our good friend and his upbeat nature! Guy spread goodwill and kindness to all who knew him."
Dudley Shollmier | Little Rock, AR

"I have wonderful memories of Guy and the entire family as the little girl down the street who loved hanging out with the Delaney family. I embrace you all with my love at this time. "
jennifer maddox | Little rock, AR

"We were members of First Presbyterian Church Pasdena, TX 1961-1984. Guy was an Usher in our wedding Oct. 14, 1961. Bob enjoyed working with Guy in Youth activities. He had a wonderful family. Guy was loved by all. We extend our condolences to his Family."
Bob and Kathy Klepser | New Kensington, PA

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