Barbara Kay Goforth

Barbara Kay Goforth, 74, of Jonesboro, died at 5:55 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center.  

She was born on Sept. 17, 1938, in Cairo, the daughter of Byron L. and Laura Maude Brookins Connell Sr.  

She married Charles W. Goforth on May 26, 1957, in Mounds.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Goforth of Jonesboro; one son, Charles J. (Sherri) Goforth of Anna; one daughter, Angela K. Goforth of Pontoon Beach; six grandchildren, Blake, Brent and Brock Goforth and Taylor, Brady and Emily Battles; one brother, Jack B. (Cathy) Connell of Cape Girardeau; one sister-in-law, Vicky (R.J.) McKinney of Cape Girardeau; nieces and nephews; cousins, including Jeorge Ann Ambruster, and an aunt, Evelyn Lockard; other relatives and many friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by a brother, Byron L. Connell II.

She was affectionately called “Miss Kay” by the many children she taught in Sunday School and Mission Friends for 40 years.  

She was a member of the Mounds Methodist Church in her youth, then later she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Thebes, later moving her membership to the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro and then to the Anna Heights Baptist Church.

She worked with mission groups and was a founding member of the Thebes Historical Society.  She was an active leader of the Girl Scouts and was a member of the Otahki Girl Scout Council.

She was also a member of the Thebes Women’s Club and the Alexander County Home Extension and she was active in supporting senior citizen programs.  

She was also involved in the Ladies Golf Association at the Union County Country Club and she worked as a substitute postmaster for 14 years.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Anna Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Roath and the Rev. Mike Parry officiating.  Interment was in the Rosehill Cemetery.  

Memorials can may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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