Norwood R. Strayhorn, Guy M. Strayhorn, Guy R. Strayhorn and E. Bruce Strayhorn (Circa 1973)
FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 27, 2015) – The Strayhorn family is celebrating its 100th year in the practice of law in Fort Myers, Fla.
Guy M. Strayhorn and his brother-in-law, Leonidas Y. Redwine, opened the firm of Redwine & Strayhorn in 1915 in Fort Myers.
“It was my predecessors who instilled in me respect for the law and public service, and I am honored to be carrying on their legacy today, 100 years after they began practicing law in Fort Myers,” said Bruce Strayhorn.
Guy M. Strayhorn was born on a cotton farm in London, Ark., in 1889. With degrees from Hendrix College and Fort Smith Business College, he journeyed south in 1908 to help his brother, Felix, survey land in Citrus Center, a small, unincorporated community in Glades County. That year, he married Stella Redwine, who had traveled to Florida with her father, Judge Mathew M. Redwine, of Sandy Hook, Ky. Guy and Stella returned to Sandy Hook where he studied in the law office of Stella’s brother, Leonidas Y. Redwine, who later relocated to Fort Myers and served as a Lee County judge in the early 1900s.
After Guy was admitted to the bar in Kentucky, the couple returned to Citrus Center where their son, Norwood, was born in North LaBelle. A second son, Orville Tennyson Strayhorn, would follow.
Guy M. Strayhorn served for many years as Lee County prosecuting attorney and state attorney for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, as well as a member of the Florida Legislature and City Attorney for the City of Fort Myers.
Norwood Redwine Strayhorn graduated from Fort Myers High School and the University of Florida Law School. He began practicing law in Fort Myers in 1934 and served in the Florida Legislature beginning in 1949. He also served for many years as the city attorney for the City of Fort Myers, as well as general counsel for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. He was president of the Lee County Bar Association in 1953 and was the Governor’s Representative to the South Florida Flood Control District in 1962.
Presently, grandson’s Guy R. Strayhorn and E. Bruce Strayhorn practice law in Fort Myers.