HAMPTON - Gwen Rawls Goard, 79, passed away March 28, 2011. Gwen was born in Oak City, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Paul and Cora Rawls.
After moving to Newport News in 1941, Gwen attended Newport News public schools and graduated from Newport News High School in 1948. She served as a substitute teacher in the Newport News school system for many years and was very active in her church, Parkview Baptist.
Gwen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph O. Goard; parents, Paul and Cora Rawls; brother, James Rawls; sisters, Joyce Neal and Shelia Wyatt; and special friend, Marshall Massengill.
She is survived by her loving family, daughter, Brenda G. Wood and husband, Robbie; son, Daniel J. Goard and wife, Arlene; grandchildren, Kendall Hunnicutt, Steven Goard, Brandon Wood and Justin Wood; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Bryce, and Sydney; brother, Paul W. Rawls and wife, Pat; sister, Susan Small; and brother-in-law, J.B. Neal. She was also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home by the Rev. Russell Beck.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
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