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Graveside services for Mr. E. Connell Gough, Sr. will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, with Reverend Mike Vick officiating with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Gough, age 94, of Meridian passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Mr. Gough retired from the US Postal Service in 1979. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting in the Mississippi Flatwoods with two different clubs during the 1960s and 1970s. He was an accomplished wood turner and builder who specialized in boats and sailboats, including his prized La Chat catamaran, which he loved to sail on two wheels. He built substantial additions to his home, and accomplished many projects for his in-laws, John Jefferson and Marie Gartman. Mr. Gough loved to travel and made many trips with family and friends to California, Florida, Virginia, Seattle, and Europe. Mr. Gough was a long-time member of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church. He was widely read, including multiple end-to-end re-readings of the Bible. Mr. Gough was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve and served on active duty in the Pacific Theater, flying TBM Avengers from land bases and aircraft carriers in 1945. He served with VT 45 aboard the USS San Jacinto at the Battle of Okinawa.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Helen G. Gough, of Meridian; sons, Edward C. Gough, Jr. (Kay) of Diamondhead, MS and Jefferson Lee Gough, (Liz) of Bellevue, WA; grandchildren, Edward M. Gough, John H. Gough (Ceri), Hilary Hanselman, Kurt Hanselman, Hope Sisk (Cameron); greatgrandchildren, Monson Gough, Finn Gough, Nixon Gough, Indie Gough, and Leo Gough; sister, Eloise Gough Ellis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Lee and Nannie Mae Gough; brothers, Harold Gough, James Gough, Leland Gough, Roland Gough; sister, Annelle McDonald.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home.
Published on May 13, 2017
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