Jesse Hamilton “Jess” Guinn Jr., 85, passed peacefully at his home on the Hiwassee River in Delano on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. He was a successful businessman with a great knowledge and expertise in constructing large tunnels for underground utilities and, in later years, working with Athens Utilities Board. Jess travelled extensively for business and pleasure, and never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Sr. and Elizabeth Long Guinn; and a son, Stephen Douglas Guinn. Jess is survived by his wife, Janna Hawkins of Delano; daughter, Susan Elaine Guinn of Riceville; son, Michael Anthony Guinn of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Charlotte “Sissy” and Jimmy Miller of Nashville; several nieces; and his faithful furry “kids,” Romey and Cinnamon. Special thanks for the compassionate care provided by Amedisys Hospice of Athens, his “love him like a son” friend Dr. Charles Cox, true and wonderful friend Dennis Waters of Benton, and the support and many visits by his Bojangles’ buddies. A celebration of Jess’s life will be held at a later date to be announced. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford St., Athens, TN 37303. Sign the guest register at Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Jesse Hamilton “Jess” Guinn Jr.

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