Dr. Earlington Winston “Churchill” Guiste was born on November 7, 1946, to the most wonderful parents - the late Mrs. Mary Guiste and Mr. J. HaydenGuiste on the most picturesque Caribbean island of Antigua. He was the second born, the only male child, “the Prince” of five siblings and the brother of the eldest child the late Janet Guiste-King.
Our mother saw many great potentials in him and plotted an independent future for him to follow. Not only did he receive important nurturing of great morals, respect, and integrity, but he also became domesticated learning the art of cooking and, spic and span cleaning. At a very young age he mastered the intricacies of tailoring and later began crafting the suits he handsomely wore. This was his foundation for becoming an honorable man with a guiding compass for his future.
He was a respectable dutiful son to his parents and grand-parents. For many years he took care of his precious Mother without any hesitation even having her residing with his family for a while. She was his strongest foundation and support system in his life. While he attended the first years of college his Mother, Mrs. Mary Guiste, ensured that his meals, boarding and, tuition were paid for by hitting the hot sunny roads as a crafted Colporteur in support of her children. For that he was extremely grateful to her and made a promise to reward her with love and care, as he surely did.
The whole family was shocked with Earlington’s diagnosis and his loved ones supported him daily. His sisters - Judieth, Princess Lilia and Dalia were extraordinarily selfless; they were engaged in prayers several hours a day; they never gave up on Earl, they never gave up on God.
Judieth, who was familiar with Earlington’s condition, immediately directed and guided the whole family through this journey. She earnestly and diligently advocated on his behalf by conferencing with doctors and nurses continuously during each day regarding every part of his care, even up until the end of his life. Thank you sister Princess Lilia for clinging to Our Dear Beloved Earlington bedside as you attended to his needs and for riding the rough tides with him on the battleground. You are truly a gem and loved very much. "I love you". - "Judy"
Princess Lilia was at Earlington's hospital bedside relentlessly, religiously five to six days a week, at least five to six hours a day per visit, sometimes more. Each visit comprised of spiritual reading of the Bible, multitudes of prayers and petition to God, humming of hymns and praises, lots of tears, sometimes going without food, and experienced transportation issues.
You are loved and appreciated Sister Princess Lilia. Earlington said it best: "I love you Sis, thank you". - "Dalia" Dalia reminiscing about one of her recent conversations with Earlington few days before passing. I told Earlington to hold on to my hand, I'm going to hold him, I'm not going to let him go. He responded to me that he will hold on to my hand; but just promise him that I'm holding on to God's hand too. We'll hold on to each other.
He was our Dear Beloved Brother Earlington, who was and always will remain in our lives as the best special brother anyone could ever need. He was a gift sent to us from God as HE appointed our parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Hayden Guiste the opportunity to give birth to him and nurture him in the way of and teachings of Our Savior Jesus Christ. He made quite a profound impact in our lives with the sharing of his love, adoration, care, and affection. The high morals of honor, respect, and integrity he possessed was a true depiction of his character and faith in Jesus Christ. His love for Jesus Christ through his teachings and authored books spoke volume of the courage he embraced to spread God’s message to all in his paths.
As his sisters, nieces, and nephews we saw how he believed in treating everyone equal. He exuded warmth, love, care and affection by the way he spoke to us along with being open minded while respecting our opinions. He was a class act and a challenge for anyone to follow, especially one who thinks he could wear his shoes in a zealous role, for temporary success would not provide them any comfort. Our lives shall not be the same without him, but we shall rebuild in his absence as God permits us with His love and mercies. We shall miss him but our love for him shall never diminish. We shall always carry him in our hearts with the brightest light for the world to see.
Earlington graduated from Hills Secondary School with a combined total of eight GCE “O” and GCE “A” Levels altogether. He previously attended St. John’s Seventh Day Adventist School and later contributed by teaching in that same school assisting students with both academic and spiritual guidance. Earlington met “the love of his life”, Evelyn Joseph. They got engaged and they both went off to pursue their educational goals at different institutions, because the colleges did not offer both majors simultaneously. He went to Caribbean Union College and she went to College of the Virgin Islands. They both continued searching for Seventh Day Adventist Colleges and Universities that offered both majors simultaneously so that they both could continue their studies. They were accepted and decided to pursue their studies at Oakwood College. Earlington’s parents and Evelyn’s parents were overjoyed and gave their blessings on the path both of them they were planning together. Earlington and Evelyn got married, left home and went off to Oakwood College.
With God’s grace, the Lord blessed Earlington and his wife, (Evelyn) with an opportunity to pursue their studies together as self-supporting students at Seventh Day Adventist College and University preparing them to work in God’s vineyard. At graduation, they were allowed a unique privilege from the College and University to march altogether and graduate together from Oakwood College, B.A.; Andrews University, M.A.; and Michigan State University, Ph.D.
Dr. Earlington Guiste was committed and dedicated his life to serve the Lord in a variety of positions in the Seventh Day Adventist Church -- Elder, deacon, A.Y. Leader … just to mention a few. He also served as Principal of the Berea Seventh Day Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. Earlington and his wife were blessed with a son, Earlington E. H. Guiste. He was so very proud of his son that whenever Earlington went shopping, he bought everything in twos -- two of the same thing e.g. ties. He and his son were such good buddies that they usually dressed alike, especially on Sabbath. They look like brothers.
Together, Dr. Earlington Guiste, Ph.D and his wife, Dr. Evelyn Guiste, Ph.D. authored books. He was the principal/senior author of the following:
The Unconventionality of Church Leadership: It Works
Tithing: The Biblically Revealed Truth
Brother Guiste thoroughly enjoyed engaging and challenging conversations, especially at Sabbath School. He was always thinking something new. As president of his company -- Triple E.G. Company Inc. some of his creativity were published and demonstrated in:
The Board Games he created: e.g.
SciTechMatics -- It’s Exciting! Entertaining! Fun to Play! Educationally Mentally Challenging!
The T Shirts he designed e.g. Caribbean Flag Pan
Unfortunately, he breathed his last breath and departed this world. He has left behind to mourn: his dear beloved wife, Dr. Evelyn Guiste; his dear beloved and only son, Earlington E. Guiste; his dear beloved sisters: Princess Lilia Guiste-Stanford and Judieth Guiste-Thomas; his dear beloved niece Dr. Latoya Guiste Thomas - Doctor of Oriental Medicine; Dalia Guiste-Israel - Earlington's sister; Gohier Sealey (Rei) - Earlington's nephew; Janine Israel - Earlington's niece; and two great-nephews; his dear beloved nieces Jaybonnie King and Angel King; his loving Brother Cordelle Anthony, and Bro. Dan; his great-aunt Helen, and great-uncle Jeddy; numerous cousins of Guiste, Weekes, Fenton, Daly, Martineau, Timothy, and many more family and friends too numerous to mention.
CERTAINLY HE WILL BE MISSED!!!
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