Charles W. Goforth

Charles W. Goforth

Charles W. Goforth, 84, of Jonesboro, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna. 

He was born on Aug. 29, 1937, in Carbondale, the son of Charles Edward and Mary Bagley Goforth. 

He married Barbara K. Connell on May 26, 1957, in Mounds. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2012. He later married Lovye Bedwell Young on Dec. 16, 2013, in Anna.

Mr. Goforth is survived by his wife, Lovye Goforth of Anna; children Chuck (Sherri) Goforth of Anna, Angela Goforth Battles of Granite City, Charles E. (Tammy) Young of Linton, Ind., and Debra (Mark) Payne of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren Blake Goforth, Brent (AliceAnn) Goforth, Brock (Sarah) Goforth, Taylor, Brady and Emily Battles, Chris (Alisa) Payne, Ethan (Natalie) Payne, Allison Young (Matt) Williams and Joel Young; great-grandchildren Rylie and Carter Payne, Samuel and Zack Williams; other relatives and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara K. Goforth; and a sister, Joann Goforth Thompson. 

Mr. Goforth was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna for many years. He previously was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thebes and Jonesboro. 

For over 30 years he worked in the school system as a teacher, coach and school administrator. He loved reading, baseball, softball and playing golf. He was a member of the UCCC and Gideon Society for many years. He was a collector of all things especially antiques. 

He was a wonderful, loving husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed by so many.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Anna Heights Baptist Church, with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes. 

Memorials can be made to Anna Heights Baptist Church. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

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

The Gazette-Democrat

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