John E. Gooden, 84, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Canterbury Place.
He was born December 8, 1933 in McKeesport, son of the late Thomas Gooden and Maggie Williams Gooden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Bell Gray Gooden; daughter, Deborah Gooden, son, Eugene Comer, and sister, Rosetta Bennett.
John was a member of Payne Chapel A.M.E., where he was a former Steward and former Class Leader. He was a member of three choirs within Payne Chapel A.M.E.—the Male Chorus, Gospel Chorus, and the Martineers. He was also a member of The Sons of Allen and was a former member of The Jewels. He retired from UPMC McKeesport Hospital.
Left to cherish his memories are his children, Nickol Johnson of Verona, Eric Gooden of Duquesne, John Gooden of Jacob, FL, Erica Gooden of Clairton, Shirley Comer Knight of Clairton; 33 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; siblings, Melvin Gooden of North Versailles, Alfred Gooden of Duquesne; adopted daughter, Joanne Turner, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Friends will be received Friday from 4-8pm in Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 601 Priscilla Avenue, Duquesne, Pennsylvania, where services will be held on Saturday.
Interment will follow in the McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Arrangements entrusted to the Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., McKeesport, PA.