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John “Jay” Gooch, Jr.

John “Jay” Gooch, Jr., 48, passed away Friday, January 21,2022.

Jay was born in Vance County to John Walter Gooch Sr. and Rebecca Currin Gooch. He grew up on the family farm in Stem and graduated from South Granville High School in 1991. After graduation, Jay attended North Carolina State University where he graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of science in agriculture education with a concentration in animal science. He married Kelly Gooch on October 16,1999. Jay was currently employed with Meherrin Agriculture and Chemical. During his working career he was involved in agriculture business for more than twenty years.

A visitation will be held Sunday, January 30,2022 from 1:00 – 2:45 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of twenty-two years, Kelly Gooch; two sons, Caleb Gooch and Jacob Gooch; a daughter, Kaitlyn Gooch; his parents, John Gooch Sr. and Rebecca Gooch; a sister, Amy Daniel (Brian); a sister-in-law, Angie Claiborne (Bryan); two aunts, Anne Winn (Ed) and Jean Quick; a niece, Emily Daniel; two nephews, Matt Daniel and Drew Claiborne and his mother-in-law, Jean Gooch. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Wallace Gooch.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 30,2022 at 3:00 PM at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.

Flowers are kindly accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


  • BILL PRITCHETT Posted January 24, 2022 12:47 am

    To The Family – I met Jay when we first started in the AG business in the late 90’s. He was one of the most easy going souls I have ever met. Jay was my colleague, an advisor, and most importantly of all – a friend. My family & I will continue to pray for all you……. Pritchett

  • Sandra Basham Posted January 24, 2022 1:19 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go through this difficult time. Love and God bless, Sandi

  • Lisa Jackson Rambeaut Posted January 24, 2022 1:39 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words.
    If I can help you in any way, please let me know.

  • Tara Cox Posted January 24, 2022 1:50 am

    I am going to miss working with Jay, big hugs and prayers to his family, I am so sorry

  • Vickie and Danny Boyd Posted January 24, 2022 2:12 am

    So sorry to hear about Jay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Ashlyn Bohanon Posted January 24, 2022 2:43 am

    Kelly and the kids, I’m so sorry for the loss of jay. He was a great man and even better boss. He was truly the best. My prayers are with you through these tuff times.

  • Steve Clayton Posted January 24, 2022 3:17 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. I always enjoyed talking with Jay about what was going on in Stem and talking racing with him. About the time he was working at Southern National speedway I was a driver delivering freight to his Southern States in Louisburg. That stop always took a while because we had racing to talk about. Til we meet again my friend.

    • Deacon Darryl Curtis Posted January 24, 2022 1:28 pm

      so sorry for your loss rest in peace you was a friend and even your wife and kid prayers too the family.

  • Mary Ann Lunsford Posted January 24, 2022 2:27 pm

    May God be with all of the family and bring comfort and healing in your grief. Jay was a hardworking, good man, and we will miss him.

  • Alan Meijer Posted January 24, 2022 2:44 pm

    Jay will be dearly missed. I always enjoyed working with him. May God be near to you all in the days to come.

  • Meherrin Trenton Posted January 24, 2022 2:44 pm

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Jay. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the healing of your Love one.

  • Angela Preddy Posted January 24, 2022 4:58 pm

    Prayers for you all during this difficult time. Jay was a wonderful person and will be missed dearly.

  • Barbara Guthrie Posted January 24, 2022 5:12 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during this time. I am praying for all of you.

  • Karen carden Posted January 24, 2022 5:18 pm

    Kelly and family Jay was good friend a will be miss I’m so sorry for loss

  • Phyllis Patterson Posted January 24, 2022 5:44 pm

    My prayers are going out to Kelly and the family and friends.

  • Cassandra Champion Posted January 24, 2022 6:47 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss… Jay was a nice guy… My thoughts and prayers to all the family… Casey

  • Sheila Sanders Posted January 24, 2022 10:47 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers for comfort for the entire family!

  • Theresa Shackelford Posted January 25, 2022 2:15 am

    Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss… Hayden and Theresa

  • Laura Parker Posted January 25, 2022 2:44 pm

    All of us at Ontic are sending you all prayers and keeping you in our thoughts.

  • Kevin and Julie Easter Posted January 25, 2022 3:56 pm

    Kelly and family, we are lifting you and your family up in our prayers during this difficult time. We enjoyed our time with Jay and he was always fun to talk with. We are truly sorry for your loss.

  • Buzz and Carolyn Neville Posted January 25, 2022 11:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Charlotte A Baker Posted January 26, 2022 12:03 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Jay personally, but my husband, Paul, did, from his time with Southern States, and he always spoke very highly of Jay! My sincere sympathy and condolences to all his family and friends.

  • Beth Rhodes Posted January 26, 2022 1:05 am

    So sorry to hear about the death of your son, Jay. Sending lots of love to you and the rest of the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tom Williams (Personal) Posted January 26, 2022 12:30 pm

    So pleased to know Jay as an outstanding young man and student leader at SGHS. My deepest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Gooch and the entire family. Peace.

  • Donna Keeton Posted January 26, 2022 1:18 pm

    Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jimmy & Sara Seatem Posted January 26, 2022 1:55 pm

    Our prayers are for all of you. Jimmy and I knew Jay as a baby and young boy. We have memories of seeing him on the farm growing up. Peace for all of you.

  • Kenny Harp Posted January 26, 2022 2:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Jay, He always impressed me with the way he lived. I will be praying for his family.

  • Ken adcock Posted January 26, 2022 9:21 pm

    Over the years I had quite a few fine young boys work in the summer while out of school and Jay was certainly one of them. Always polite and willing to do what ever was needed.

  • Deborah Dupree Posted January 26, 2022 9:24 pm

    Mr. and Mrs. Gooch, Mike and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to you and the family. May God provide comfort and peace to you all.
    Sincerely, Deborah Dupree

  • Don and Machelle Griffin Posted January 27, 2022 12:52 am

    We are just so sorry for your loss. Joining our hearts in prayer with so many others who love you.

  • Faye Weaver Posted January 28, 2022 1:08 am

    John, Becky and Amy! May God give you comfort and peace during this very sad time! So sorry for your loss! Our hearts are deeply saddened for you! Carl and Faye

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