Mrs. Bernice England Gouge, a resident of Clinton, S.C., and a former resident of Marion, Morganton, and Connelly Springs, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, after a period of declining health.

A native of McDowell County, and the daughter of the late Willie M. and Lula E. England, Mrs. Gouge was born Oct. 3, 1928. She was a graduate of Marion High School and in 1994 retired after 36 years of service with Bank of America.

A memorial service for Mrs. Gouge will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at First Baptist Church, 301 South Broad St. in Clinton, where she was a member of the Faith Sunday School Class.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at McDowell Memorial Park in Marion.

Surviving family members include two sons, Dr. Edward M. Gouge (Diane) of Clinton, and Mr. Joseph L. Gouge (Robyn) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Ms. Connie C. Gouge of Marion; five grandchildren, Jennifer Sasser, Amy Washburn (Joe), Andrea Burgin (Clay), and Jordan and Kacey Gouge; six great-grandchildren, Maggie Gouge, McCauley and Max Sasser, and Chase, Colton, and Caleb Burgin; and a brother-in-law, the Rev. Barry Gouge (Mary) of Marion.

Mrs. Gouge was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, the Rev. Ralph P. Gouge; and one son, Mr. Stephen R. Gouge.

The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude for the care and concern shown to Mrs. Gouge by the administration and staff of Woodbridge Clinton and Presbyterian Community of Clinton where she lived.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials for Mrs. Gouge be made to Woodbridge Clinton, 300 Jacobs Highway, Clinton, SC 29325; or to the New Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 301 South Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325.

Gray Funeral Home of Clinton, is assisting the family.

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