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Obituary: Gerald Lee Gooden

Gerald Lee Gooden

Gerald Lee Gooden

Gerald Lee Gooden, 85, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

Gerald was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 19, 1925, to Elmer and Ruth Gooden. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was among the survivors of Normandy Beach. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Illinois and Marshall University in West Virginia. He served as a Baptist minister for many years. He later became the director of the Library of Biola University, from which he retired.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ruth Gooden, his brother Robert Gooden and sister Jetta Rey and his first wife Inez and infant son Gary.

Gerald is survived by his wife Delores and his six children and Delores' three children - daughters Linda Hoerger , Rebecca Bridger, Ruth Sanders, LeeAnn Southall and Julie Petty; sons Mark Gooden, Luke Gooden, Matthew Gooden, and James Southall; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and his niece Carole Kushmak and nephew Kenny Palmer.

Services will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church, 6901 E. Horizon Lane, Prescott Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Family Care, 3195 Stillwater Ave., Suite B, Prescott, AZ 86305.

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