Albert “Sam” Gooch, Jr., 85

Published 12:21 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017

Albert “Sam” Gooch, Jr., 85, was called to eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 9, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Stanford.

He was born on February 5, 1932, in Stanford, to the late Mae Willie Goode and Albert Gooch, Sr. He retired from the Lincoln County School System as a custodian after 39 years of faithful service. He worked for the city of Stanford and was also a farmer. He also served as an advisor to the USDA Farm Service Agency in Stanford.

Albert accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Boneyville in Stanford where he served as a member of the Trustee Board and Stewart Board, and was a member of the men’s choir. He was a member of the gospel group the “Freewill Travelers”. His favorite song was “O It Is Jesus”, and Jesus he loved.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary V. Masterson; and two brothers, James H. Gooch and Robert L. Gooch.

Albert leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Wilma Gooch of Stanford; one son, Jerry (Vickie) Gooch of Danville; one sister, Pauline Hunn; three brothers, John T. Gooch, Ernest (Irene) Gooch and Clarence (Sue) Gooch, all of Stanford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will truly be missed.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Boneyville.

Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford was in charge of the arrangements.