OBITUARY: Jean Roark Gooch


Mrs. Jean Roark Gooch, age 92 of Burns, TN died on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at the TriStar Horizon Medical Center.

Mrs. Gooch was born October 13, 1930 in Huntingdon, TN. She was the last surviving child of the late Marion and Ruby Springer Roark.

She attended business college and worked as a legal secretary before leaving the workforce to care for her family. Jean would become the matriarch of her family, a strong bond to hold them together. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed shopping, your patience was required for both.

She also enjoyed playing cards and working crossword puzzles. She had a talent for growing flowers and decorating her home with fresh cut arrangements. Only her love for God and Church, could surpass her love for her family. For 37 years she was a member of the Pomona Church of Christ, and in the later years a member of the Walnut Street Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lynnville Tyler Gooch; her siblings; two grandsons, Brandon Gooch, and Aaron Gooch; and her son-in-law, Mark Whitaker.

Mrs. Gooch is survived by her three children, Kerry L. Gooch (Marilyn) of Dickson, TN, Lori G. Whitaker of Dickson, TN, and Mark R. Gooch (Stephanie) of White Bluff, TN; sister-in-law, Ruth Wall Turner; five grandchildren, Jeremy Gooch, Josh Whitaker (Janet), Lyndsey Whitaker, Alex Gooch, and Tori Gooch; nine great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Wesley, Nadia, Parker, Noel, Shane, Lanie, Anna, and Ben; one great great grandchild, Hudson.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Baggett and Mark Gooch officiating. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 4:00 PM at her place of rest in the Carroll Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.


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