Known by many as Coach, by a fortunate few as Dad or Papaw, and by all as a strong, compassionate, devoted, and loving man, Kenneth Phillip Guillot went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2021. He is known for his success as a football coach, with impressive credentials and statistics that defied the odds. But Kenny defined his own success not in wins and losses on the field but by the lives he touched and how well he loved. He was passionate about people-seeking the best for all by seeking the best for each. Quick to praise others rather than gain glory for himself, Kenny was a man of integrity and deep humility. He was a truly good person-genuine, funny, caring, and kind. Kenny lived by the motto "Positive Attitude and Prayer." He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. Kenny was born in New Orleans on April 25, 1944, the fourth of George and Helen Barone Guillot's six children. After graduating from Jesuit High School in Shreveport, Kenny played college football at Northwestern State and was a member of the undefeated national championship team in 1966. His Louisiana coaching career-from Tara High to Woodlawn, Nicholls State to McNeese State, and finally to Parkview Baptist-spanned forty years. Winning four 3A championships as a head coach, the list of his accolades is long and distinguished. Everyone was family to Kenny. He was legendary at the grill and enjoyed having people gathered in his backyard and around his table. Kenny cherished his wife, Sandy. It was his heart's desire to please her and to see her smile. Devoted to one another for almost 34 years, they were thankful for the blessing God gave them in each other. Kenny's life was also blessed by his first wife, Betty Ann Tyson Guillot, who passed away in 1982. He was preceded in death by his daughter Suzette, and his sister, Mary Helen, as well as his parents. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Sandra Corkern Guillot, his children, Cammie Guillot, Susan Mullins Mayet, Michael (Allison) Mullins, and Steven (Jennifer) Mullins, and grandchildren, Megan, Corrie, Maddie, Cole, Wright, Anne Carter, Cannon, and Camille. His loss is heavy on many hearts, including his brothers George, Ronnie, and Rocky Guillot, his sister Tricia Guillot Jones, and their families. The clock ticks down to close out the fourth quarter. The bright lights of the stadium fade away. But the scoreboard still declares the victory. And for Kenny Guillot, that victory shines through the lives he changed, the ones he loved, and his Savior who welcomed him home saying, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20th, and at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21 with a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow. All events will be at Grace Life Fellowship. The Celebration of Life Service will also be live streamed to the Grace Life Fellowship Facebook page and YouTube channel. Donations in honor of Kenny may be made to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Treatment Center.
Published by The Advocate from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2021.