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Rev. Dr. Wendell Thomas Guerry

Rev. Dr. Wendell Thomas Guerry
  • September 20, 1939 - October 17, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Clemson Life Program, ClemsonLife
    Suite G-01 Tillman Hall, 101 Gantt Circle
    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC 29634
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • French Huguenot Society
    138 Logan Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • The French Huguenot Church
    44 Queen Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“My deepest condolences to Dr. Guerry's family. He was a dear, lovely man and a tremendous mentor to me when I was his student at CSU. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Phyllis Overstreet - Lexington, SC

“Just recently learned of Dr. Guerry's passing. I worked with him at Charleston Southern University and 31 years ago he married our son John and his...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Raynelle Odom - Cottageville, SC

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Guerry. I had the pleasure of sitting through many classes under him at CSU while studying for my degrees. He...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Shannon Wiggins Self - OK

“Vicky and family,Mike and I are just learning of Tom's passing. There are not enough words to comfort you and your family. We both thought the...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Mike and Cheryl Close - Allendale, SC

“I really enjoyed Rev. Guerry's sermons in church, and he will be dearly missed. He radiated a calm, joyful presence... and when you heard him say the...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Rachel Phillips - Charleston, SC

“Vickie and all the family, My sincere condolences. Dr. Guerry was such a mentor in my early teenage years. I remember clearly many of his lessons...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Juleigh Sitton - Morganton, NC

“Vickie, Sorry for your loss Husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: louise jones - north charleston, SC

“Our sincere sympathy on the loss of Tom.You were such wonderful neighbors and we have memories of when Benjamin was born and of Tom and Vickie...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Michael Yaeger - Family Friend

“Dear Vickie,As I am sure you recall, Rev. Guerry married my son Ben & his wife Emily in 2018 at The French Huguenot Church. Tom made this a...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Frances Whitman - Wadmalaw Island, SC

“Became best friends with Wendell during our junior year at NCHS and during our time at Clemson. Wendell displayed his warmth and giving nature many...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: CHARLES JOYCE - EASLEY, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. Shared the NCHS class of 1957 with Wendell. His music was his love along with the Lord. We'll meet again someday. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Boroughs Glenn - Morristown, TN

“I am so sorry for your loss. Shared the NCHS class of 1957 with Wendell. His music was his love along with the Lord. We'll meet again someday. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Boroughs Glenn - Morristown, TN

“I am forever grateful to GOD for directing my path to intersect with Dr. Guerry's life and teaching during the formative years of my study of God's...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Joe Still - Summerville, SC

“I was in the band with Wendell many years ago at North Charleston High school. He was a fine, gentle soul . He was funny and made band a fun time....Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Carolyn Malphrus - Rifgeville,, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you. Mary, Dan and Ben Bell ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Bell - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I was one of the "village rats" who grew up with Wendell on Jenkins Avenue. His mother was my godmother. I remember, so well, walking into his...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Patricia Welch Heinemann - TN


17 of 23 | Posted by: Janet Pellum Lyons - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I had Dr. Guerry for many classes when I was at CSU. He certainly challenged me and made me think critically about scripture. I was less enthusiastic...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Will McGoldrick - Lexington, SC

“Dr. Guerry was my colleague at CSU.He was a compassionate,caring,gentle soul who led us in prayers that reminded us of God's grace in our lives,...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Canavera - Summerville, SC

“Dr. Guerry was an excellent teacher who was also a good friend and advisor. I still remember many of his teachings even today. His wisdoms and gentle...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Della Lambert Jones - Georgetown, SC

“I was one of his students at CSU in the 80s he left a great impact on me and my ministry for over 30years. See u on the other side my dear brother ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Michael DeCosta - Alcolu, SC

“Dr Guerry was an awesome teacher, at Charleston Southern, I had him for many classes, and he taught me a lot about preparing a sermon, and how to...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: James Williams - Summerville, SC

“Dr. Guerry was a kind man and a good teacher. I had him for many classes at Charleston Southern. He was always willing to help his students. I...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Jeffrey Johnson - Eutawville, SC


The Reverend Doctor Wendell Thomas Guerry died at his home on Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was born September 20, 1939 in North Charleston, SC, the son of the late John Thomas and the late Eloise Caison Guerry. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Monroe Guerry of Mt. Pleasant, SC; children, Amy Guerry Rogers (John) of Summerville, SC and Benjamin Thomas Guerry of Mt. Pleasant, SC; grandsons, Caison, Christian and Keller Rogers of Summerville. In addition, he is survived by a sister, June Guerry Clarke, of Melbourne, FL, a brother, Franklin "Buddy" Guerry (Darlene) of Winston Salem, NC, one niece, two nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Guerry was a graduate of North Charleston High School. He attended Clemson University for three years, where he was lead drummer in the Tiger Band. He transferred to Erskine University to pursue his love of music, graduated from Erskine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Music, and received his Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary he served as Minister of Music and Education at First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant.

Guerry served as Chaplain for the Huguenot Society of SC and member of the Board at the time of his death. He retired in June 2019 from his position as Associate Pastor of the French Huguenot Church due to illness. In 2008, he retired from Charleston Southern University where he was a Professor of Religion for 27 years. Prior to returning home to Charleston, he served pastorates in St. Petersburg, FL, Halifax, VA, and Morganton, NC.

During his years at CSU, he served numerous Lowcountry churches as interim pastor. He was a prolific reader, as well as a respected writer. His hobbies included wood working and his children and grandchildren were often gifted with items of his creation.

A scholarship was named for Dr. Guerry by the Greater Charleston Council for the Deaf, an organization where he served as President and Board member for many years. He was a member of the French Huguenot Church.

A celebration of his life will be held at The French Huguenot Church on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:30 am. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to one of the following: Clemson Life Program, ClemsonLIFE, Suite G-01 Tillman Hall, 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, French Huguenot Society, 138 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or The French Huguenot Church, 44 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

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