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Lena Wheeler Gooch


Lena Wheeler Gooch, 89, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

A native of Granville County, she was the daughter of the late Maynard Edward Wheeler and Lorene Powell Wheeler. She was a member of Banks United Methodist Church and retired from John Umstead Hospital as a Dental Assistant.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Banks United Methodist Church by Rev. Mark Gustafson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Darnelle Averre (Bill) of Wilton; a son, Ray Gooch of Pittsboro; two grandchildren, Bridget Harris (Joe) of Wilton, JoAnn Ward (Keith) of Morrisville; three great grandchildren, Sarah, Finley and Caleb.

She was preceded in death by parents and her husband of sixty-one years, William Gooch.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening October 5, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Banks United Methodist Church with a reception to honor her pending 90th Birthday.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Banks Fellowship Hall Building Fund, in care of Andrea Bullock, P.O. Box 1276 Creedmoor, NC 27522 or to Hock Family Pavilion, 4027 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27707.


  • Mike Turner Posted October 3, 2019 8:46 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mike Turner

  • Helen Clark Posted October 3, 2019 10:39 pm

    Ray, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, will keep you in my prayers.

  • Neva D Dew Posted October 3, 2019 11:26 pm

    Darnelle and Ray, Allen and I send our deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Mrs. Gooch was always so sweet and kind every time I would see her. Those left behind will miss her, but we know your sweet mother is at rest and peace now.

  • Audrey Smith Posted October 4, 2019 12:29 am

    Darnell and Ray,
    Prayers and hugs for comfort as your Mother has left life for life eternal.

    Audrey and Stanley Smith

  • Ricky and Lou Byrd Posted October 4, 2019 10:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ray and Family.

  • Brenda Brogden Posted October 4, 2019 12:33 pm

    Darnell and Ray: I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was such a sweet lady. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ella Jo Thompson Posted October 4, 2019 2:23 pm

    Darnell, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know I will be praying for you and your family.

  • TONY J PARROTT Posted October 4, 2019 2:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss but smiling to think about her and William reunited healthy and happy. She was such a sweet lady, my condolences to your entire family.

  • Mayor Bobby Wheeler Posted October 4, 2019 3:03 pm

    It was with deepest sympathy that I learned of Ms. Gooch’s passing. She was a bright spot to all of us at Creedmoor Drug and to the city of Creedmoor. I always enjoyed her calls and they would brighten my day. Our prayers are with you all and please let us know if there is anything we can do for your family.

  • Renee Mangum Posted October 4, 2019 11:10 pm

    Darnell, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. These things never come easy, but we know they are at peace and in Gods hands. Praying for you and your family

  • Ann Thomas Posted October 5, 2019 12:52 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! God bless you all. Prayers!

  • Beth Morton Posted October 5, 2019 5:01 am

    Dear Ray and family: We are so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. We had been praying for her since we first learned of her need. May our heavenly Father comfort you all in the days ahead. Sincerely, Mark and Beth Morton – Pittsboro,NC

  • Alvis Allen Posted October 5, 2019 1:24 pm

    Darnell and Ray, I am do sorry to read about Lena’s passing. She was always a very pleasant and welcoming fixture for all Wilton community events. A true “Southern Lady” who will be missed by many. Thinking of you all.

  • Dot & Dave Walker Posted October 6, 2019 2:46 am

    Ray. we are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  • Ben and Betty Laws Posted October 6, 2019 3:59 pm

    Darnell and Ray we were sorry to hear of Lena’s passing. As a child at Banks I remember her as being so kind and sweets. I have lots of fond memories of her from those days.

  • Ben and Betty Laws Posted October 6, 2019 4:02 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you today.

  • Ricky & Lisa Morris Posted October 6, 2019 7:12 pm

    Dear Ray, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Gene a Bullock Posted October 8, 2019 1:21 pm

    Ray my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  • Mitch Jenkins Posted October 8, 2019 2:22 pm

    A mother’s love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on-like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May that love surround you now and bring you peace

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