Thomas Gooch


Thomas “Tommy” Littleton Gooch, 79, passed away Monday, February 11, at his residence and went to his heavenly home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Mark Gooch officiating. Burial followed at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery.

Pallbearers who served were Dustin Sellars, Brett Rich, Wally Lovelace, Barry Wall, Daniel Short, Kerry Gooch and Mark Gooch.

A loyal husband and father, Tommy was a native of Carroll County, and the son of the late Benjamin Rufus and Tessie Mae Hampton Gooch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Early Gooch, who died in 2008; and two brothers, B.R. Gooch and Lynville Gooch. Tommy graduated from Clarksburg High School in 1957 and attended Business College in Sevierville. He worked for 33 years for the Federal Highway Administration, retiring in 1994, and then worked at the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he retired from in 2006. Tommy was a member of West Canton Baptist Church and was a pool shark. Aside from playing pool, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and playing golf.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Gooch, of Middleburg, Florida, and Samantha (Mitch) Sellars, of Clyde; two sisters, Ruth Gooch (Harvey) Turner and Mary Sue Rush, both of Huntington; one sister-in-law, Jean Gooch; two grandchildren, Elizabeth (Brett) Rich, of Canton, and Dustin (Mary) Sellars, of Clyde; three great-grandchildren, Kaley Rich, Kaiden Rich and Everett Sellars; nephews and nieces, Michael Rush, Jane Rush Meggs, Susan Rush Sanders, Kenny Rush, Johnny Rush, Ralph Rush, Mark Gooch, Kerry Gooch, Lori Whitaker, Barry Wall, and Lynn Wall; two granddogs, Brooke Gooch and Scrappy Gooch; and his dog and best friend, Zoey.

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