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 Lemuel Gouge

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Lemuel Gouge

  • Birth 13 Nov 1875
  • Death 24 Nov 1928
  • Burial Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 38918130

From Obituary in November 26, 1928 Bonham Daily Favorite:

Lem Gouge Called by Death at Early Hour on Saturday

Had been in poor health some time - Funeral was held Sunday afternoon

Lem Gouge died at the family residence on Star street Saturday morning at 12:45 following a long illness. He had been in ill health for several years, but about a year ago the delcine became pronounced and he gradually failed until the end came. He had been confined to his bed for some weeks before his death.

The funeral service was conducted at the home yesterday afternoon by Rev. W. R. Holder of the First Christian church, assisted by Rev. S. R. Smith of the First Baptist church, Will H. Evans, of Sherman, also in a short talk offered the tribute of an old friend. The interment took place at the Willow Wild cemetery. A very large number of friends were in attendance, and the floral offerings were beautiful and profuse.

Lem Gouge was born in Elston, Mo., November 13, 1875, the son of Granville and Hester Collett Gouge. He came to Texas in 1895, and for a number of years was an employe of the Texas and Pacific Railroad. An accident that resulted in the loss of one leg incapacitated him for that work, and he sought other means of support. He was energetic and determined, and he was never without work to support himself. For a number of years he was engaged in the mercantile business in this city and later engaged in other work. Whatever he did, he did well and cheerfully. He met difficulties with heroism, and never lost faith either in himself or his fellows. Other men have taken courage and gone forward because of the example set by this patient worker.

On January 12, 1898 he and Miss Hattie Fitzgerald were married in this city. To this union five children were born, four of whom are yet living.

In 1909 he was converted and united with the First Christian Church. For several years, he was one of the active members of its official board, and did well his part as such a member. It was only after his afflictions and illness interfered that he gave up this work.

He was one of the gentlest and kindest of men, quiet, unostentatious and helpful, but deeply in earnest. In many ways he set a fine example for the rest of us to follow.

He is survived by his wife and four children, namely: Marion, Geneva, Lynwood and Jack. A niece, Mrs. Lawrence Whitt, was reared by him and his wife.

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  • Created by: David Sifford
  • Added: 30 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38918130
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lemuel Gouge (13 Nov 1875–24 Nov 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38918130, citing Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by David Sifford (contributor 46564332) .