Robert Lee Gooding

Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

Robert Lee Gooding, 87, of New Bern, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Pruitt Health Care – Neuse.

He was a member of St. James AME Zion Church, where he sang in the men’s chorus. He was formerly employed by the city of New Bern as a truck driver.

Funeral was Saturday at St. James AME Zion Church with the Rev. Cynthia Smith officiating.

Burial was in the Gooding Family Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Willie Naomi Gooding of New Bern; two sons, Robert Henderson of Havelock and Benjamin Jones of Philadelphia; five daughters, Delores James, Deborah Gooding and Felicia Jones, all of New Bern, Helene Jones of Vanceboro, and Cynthia Jones of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Keither Gooding and Carl Gooding of New Bern; two sisters, Elnora Ballard and Clara B. Walker of New Bern; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 3124 Kensington Park Drive and 444 Rocky Run Road.

Arrangements are by Oscar’s Mortuary, New Bern.

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