Robert Allen Gouge, age 2, died Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City after a bravely fought lifelong battle with Hirschsprungs Disease.
Robert was the son of James Brian and Terri Lee Gouge of Roan Mountain. He was a kind, sweet and loving little boy. He always wore his big, pretty smile everywhere. Robert loved watching SpongeBob SquarePants, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Sesame Street. He loved to look at books and play with his twin sister, Mary Katherine, and his big brother and sister, Jonathan “Jon-Jon” and Tiffany. Robert will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Robert was preceded in death by his paternal uncle, Robert Allen Gouge, a maternal uncle, Jonathan Grant Townson, and his maternal grandfather, Terry Lee Townson.
In addition to his parents, Robert is survived by his twin sister, Mary Katherine Gouge; his brother, Jonathan Aaron Townson; his sister, Tiffany Lynn Townson; special cousins, Garrett Birchfield, Samuel Birchfield, Kassie Erwin, Gunnar Clawson and Haley Glover, all of Roan Mountain; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Barbara Gouge; his maternal grandmother, Mary E. Parker and special friend, Tim Troutman, all of Roan Mountain. Aunts and uncles include Lisa Erwin and husband, George, Kathy Jo Birchfield and husband, Mark, and Emily Clawson and husband, James, all of Roan Mountain. Many more cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles also survive.
The funeral service for Robert Allen Gouge will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 23, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service, or at the residence, 119 Tom Birchfield Road (Heaton Creek Community), Roan Mountain, at other times. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, in the Gouge Cemetery in Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Garrett Birchfield, George Erwin, James Clawson and Tim Troutman. Honorary pallbearers will be Rob Gouge, Samuel Birchfield, Jon-Jon Townson, Keith Blackwell and Steve Buchanan. Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to give special thanks to all of the doctors and nursing staff at The Niswonger Children’s Hospital and Johnson City Pediatrics with special thanks to Dr. Lesile Taylor, Dr. Melinda Lucas, Dr. Bharti and Dr. Bryan Prudhomme. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, is serving the Gouge family. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917. Office: (423) 542-9499.
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