Princeton Times


August 3, 2013

Barbara Ann Goforth

BLUEFIELD — On Thursday, August 1, 2013, Barbara A. Goforth, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, while at home.

 Born in Bluefield, WV, Barbara was the daughter of Ellis and Ethel Peake. She was a lifelong member of Edgemont Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV, where she faithfully served and taught Sunday school for 50+ years.

Barbara worked for many years as a receptionist at the beauty salon at JC Penney and will be well remember for creating beautiful wedding cakes for local weddings for the past three decades.  

Barbara enjoyed singing solos in church, watching birds and cooking for her family and friends.  

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Philip M. Goforth; her parents; sisters, Winifred Miller, Helen Vermillion and Frances Jarrett; one brother who died in infancy; and one grandson, Philip J. Copley.

Survivors include her son, Ricky Goforth and wife Paula of Rocky Gap, VA; daughters, Cheryl Leighton and husband Greg of Salem, VA and Ginger Copley of Bluefield, WV; seven grandchildren, Adam Goforth, Christopher Copley, Heath Copley, Casey Copley, Lance Leighton, Kyle Leighton and Chelsey Leighton; and five great-grandchildren, Makiyah Copley, Cayden Norris, Dalton Goforth, Cynthia Copley and Anna Leighton.  

The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hugh Cole officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where Barbara's six grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Flowers are appreciated; however, memorial contributions may be made to the Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Avenue, Bluefield, WV 24701 or to Bible in the Schools, P.O. Box 543, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Those wishing to share memories with the family may do so by visiting

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family of Barbara Ann Goforth.

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