Richard Wilburn Gooch passes

We pay honor to

Richard Wilburn Gooch

who died December 21, 2015

in Vossburg, Ms


The prayers of the

Lecanto Church of Christ

Lecanto, Florida 34460

will be with Jeff Gooch, his son,

all the family and a host of friends!



Celebration of Life

Monday, December 28, 2015, 3:00 pm

Wright's Funeral Home Chapel

Quitman, Mississippi.


Bro. Tim McCarter, Bro. Stephen Higley

Bro. Jeff Phillips officiating.



Monday, December 28, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Saucer Creek Church of Christ Cemetery

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m..


Richard Wilburn Gooch

Beloved Minister who served the

Lecanto Church of Christ

September 1991 - March 1995

August 9, 1924 - December 21, 2015

  Richard Wilburn Gooch, 91, of Vossburg, passed away on December 21, 2015 at Anderson's Hospital.

He was born on August 9, 1924 to Vernon and Edna (Files) Gooch in Sheffield, AL.

He was a veteran of WWII where he served in the Army Air Corp. He served in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Gooch was a minister of the gospel for the past 50 years.

Richard is survived by his son, Jeff Gooch; sister-in-law, Joyce Gooch; nieces and nephews, Brett Gooch, Sherry Bowen, Johnny Childers, Jean Thompson, Janet Nusbaum, Amanda Phillips, Peggy Patrick, Robert Phillips, Mark Burbank, Don Burbank, Jr., Leanne Burbank, and Laurie James.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Gooch; 3 brothers, Robert Gooch, Horace Gooch, and Clinton Gooch; and 4 sisters, Mary Childers, Geraldine Phillips, Wanda Phillips, and Linda Burbank.



In an hour like this, our souls are stirred to their very depths for we come to pay tribute of one who has been near and dear to us for many years.
In such an hour as this words seem to be poor objects with which we must fashion the innermost feelings and thoughts of our hearts. How difficult it becomes to put into words those things that should be spoken.
It has been said of Him that He was A fiercely independent man. I know that he was a dedicated husband, a wonderful father and a good friend.

Richard was filled with integrity and determination and had a huge love for his family and church.
Richard and Josephine, his wife, have been strong church going members since they first met. Richard served as a faithful Minister of the Gospel for 50 years.

As I look back on the Godly Characteristics which I saw in Richard, I think of him in regards to many admonitions Paul and John make in Scripture..
--Richard was strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. ( 2 Tim. 2:1)
--Richard took the things that He had heard of many witnesses, and committed the same to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others. (2 Tim. 2:2)
--Richard endured hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. . ( 2 Tim. 2:3)
--Richard Studied to show himself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)
--Richard lived Paul's admonition in Galatians 6:2: "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
And Galatians 6:10
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

What an awesome reunion that must have been, on December 21st, when he answered the Call of Our God to Come Home.

I love you Richard. Yes, You will rest in peace.

John D. Arnold, Minister, Lecanto Church of Christ, Lecanto, Florida



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