Joseph Edwin Gough Jr.
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JOSEPH EDWIN GOUGH, JR., 70, passed into the arms of his savior August14, 2009 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Known in the music industry as Joe Eddie Gough, he was an exceptionally talented piano and keyboard player for country and western singer Gene Watson for 30 years. He traveled the world playing for thousands of fans including two presidents and the Queen of England. He was also a talented songwriter and wrote many songs including the hit "Cold Brown Bottle" and the popular songs "Beautiful You", and "After the party. " Ed was born in Galveston, Texas on January 27, 1939 and was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Sadie Gough of Houston. He is survived by his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Bruce Cameron of Houston; his beloved children, Joseph C. Locust of Tucson, Arizona, Clinton Bender Gough of Cypress, Joseph Eddie Gough of San Antonio, Kelly Michael Gough of College Station, and Sadie Gough Kersting of Plano; his grandchildren Kendall, Clinton Jr., Kyle, Garrett, Brent, Evan, Jordan, and Parker; and his beloved nephews and niece, Bruce Cameron Jr., Douglas Cameron, Craig Cameron, and Frances Franz. Ed graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, and attended Trinity University in San Antonio. He served in the United States Army in the Army Security Agency. Ed was an independent, kind and fun loving soul who created excitement and laughter for those around him. The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2009, in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer.


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Published in Houston Chronicle from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2009.
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September 14, 2009
TO THE FAMILY OF JOE EDDIE. I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOE'S PASSING. WHEN I FINALLY GOT THE WORD, THE FUNERAL WAS OVER. JOE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET. HE WAS NEVER TOO BUSY TO STOP AND SAY HELLO AND TALK FOR A FEW MINUTES. I DIDN'T GET TO SEE THE BAND VERY OFTEN BUT WHEN I DID, I ALWAYS LOOKED FOR JOE EDDIE. HE MIGHT BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SONG BUT HE ALWAYS NODDED HIS HEAD OR RAISED A HAND IN GREETING. HE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN MY NAME BUT HE ALWAYS KNEW MY FACE. THINGS WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT JOE EDDIE. HE IS MISSED. I PROBABLY HAVE SOME PICTURES OF JOE, TAKEN WITH THE GENE WATSON BAND. IF SOMEONE FROM THE FAMILY WILL CONTACT ME, I WILL SEND THEM TO THEM. JUST GIVE ME TIME TO GET THEM TOGETHER. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO JOE'S FAMILY.
BETTY BERGER
September 1, 2009
Joe Eddie was loved and will missed by many. A giant of a man with an incredible talent who always greeted folks with a smile. His legacy in music will live forever. What a talent!I had the pleasure of getting to know Joe Eddie through the years whle he was a member of the Farewell Party Band.
Sharon Jackson
August 26, 2009
To Joe Carroll ~ It was good to hear from you. Sorry to leave a message here but I didn't get your email address to contact you personally.
Pamela Guinn
August 20, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Laverne Zarate
August 20, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009
Barbara Kidd
August 20, 2009
Joe Eddie’s family,
I Hope you don’t mind I share this poem with you that I wrote for
Joe Eddie

Joe Eddie

A great giant of a man with a caring, caring heart
He made a big impression on me right from the very start
The very first time we met Joe Eddie, it was right there & then we knew
He was one in a million, one of a very, very few
Of life’s true, true gentlemen & it was a privilege for us to know
This great giant of a man with a caring heart of gold
Yes, we’ll very sadly miss him, but I know it was his time to go
And he left us some cherished memories, which we will always hold
So my thoughts of sympathy on this very, very sad day I do send
To Gene & the boys in the band & Joe Eddie’s family & friends.

Written by Heather: 15th August 2009 (fan of Gene Watson & Farewell Party Band)
Heather A Fan
August 20, 2009
We are so, so sorry to hear about the very sad loss of Joe Eddie "One of life's true Gentlemen" it was such a pleasure to have gotten to know this “Great Gent” we got to spend some time with Joe Eddie when he visited our shores when he was here with Gene & the band & he made a very big impression on us, he will be very sadly missed, not only by his family, friends, Gene & the guys in the band but by his fans whom he always took the time to get to know, he made us feel so special, he was one of a kind!!...It's nice to know nice people & Joe Eddie certainly was one lovely person to know, he brightened up our world in the very short time we got to know him, he's at peace now & we'll miss him but we'll never forget him that's for sure!!...

Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to Joe Eddie's family, friends & also to Gene & the Farewell Party Band members, our thoughts & our prayers are with you all at this very sad time, God bless you all.

Heather & Maurice (Northern Ireland)
Heather & Maurice
August 19, 2009
OUR CONDOLENCES TO JOE'S FAMILY HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND..D.H. WORKED WITH HIM AS A PART OF THE GENE WATSON FAMILY FOR 11 YEARS AND REMAINED FRIENDS. WE'RE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. JOE'S STORIES WERE ENJOYED SO MANY TIMES THRU THE YEARS. HE COULD ALWAYS BRING LAUGHTER TO THOSE AROUND HIM AND HAD AN INCREDIBLE TALENT. HE DID LIVE HIS LIFE TO THE FULLEST.

SINCERELY,

D.H. RHONDA & DUSTON HULL
August 19, 2009
We will surely miss the times when you were out with Gene and the Farewell Party Band...RIP Joe Eddie
judy boone
August 17, 2009
Dad...your smile shall be forever missed. I love you.
Sadie Gough Kersting
August 17, 2009
Rest in Peace, our good-spirited and talented friend from Lamar's great C'57 ...
Rhodes (Dusty) Baker
Dallas, Texas
Rhodes Baker
August 17, 2009
I had the good fortune of knowing Eddie from way back when in the early fifties....have often wondered where he went, what he did....glad he followed his dream and stayed much the person I once knew

Robert Brandes
Robert Brandes
August 17, 2009
I knew Ed many years ago when he was Married to Judith Ozue, the mother of his son Joseph Eddie. I am sorry for the family's loss, but know they can find peace in knowing he is in a much better place.

Linda Hood
Caldwell, TX
August 17, 2009
He was a special person. We lost touch. I remember him well from Lamar and I think he was at Lanier Jr High also. His musical talent showed from the beginning and his personality was always his strong suit.

Dick Gregg
August 17, 2009
It's being many years since the last time I had seen Ed,but everytime I here the oldies on the radio I still think of him. Play that beautiful piano for the angels my friend.
Bubba Schoonover
August 16, 2009
My condolences to the family. He will be missed dearly......Acey Chappell and Family
Acey Chappell
August 16, 2009
Sending our love and prayers,
Mrs. Edmond Watson & Family
Mildred Watson
August 16, 2009
We will miss you, Uncle Joe Eddie!!! I am heartbroken that I didn't get to say "goodbye" to you and tell you how much we loved you! The music in Heaven will never be the same.

My memories of you are ones of love, laughter, and life! You LIVED, You LAUGHED, and You LOVED!!!

Blessings of comfort to those who are missing you as we are...

The Sowell family
Cindy Nimmons Sowell
August 15, 2009
Edwin remained young at heart until the day he left. In that sense he lived a kind of Peter Pan existence, never growing out of his child-like appreciation of the people and places surrounding him and for that reason too, children appreciated him. He was our favorite Uncle growing up and full of good-hearted mischief and sense of the taboo, we couldn't help but be charmed by his magic. It cannot be surprising that he loved music and chose the risky vocation of "professional musician." His place as a piano player and back-up singer in the legendary Gene Watson's band was almost all he had ever dreamed of and so in this sense he was blessed and hislife fulfilled. When he is born again, his new family had better be prepared to accept the antics and tribulations of the jestering musician.
Doug G. Cameron
August 15, 2009
I will always miss my darling brother.
Frances Cameron
August 15, 2009
We called him Papa Joe, and I named my son Joseph after him. I am sorry I did not know ~ my loss that I did not visit and tell him how much we always loved him. My memories of him are precious, the way he randomly broke out in song (an impromptu parody designed to get a laugh), the way he could talk for hours about old actors, or guns, or music... I'm hugging you with my heart Papa Joe.
Pamela Guinn
August 15, 2009
Edwin possessed many treasures in his lifetime: a mastery of music, movie star charm and good looks, and an endless sense of humor.

It just always felt good to be around my Uncle Edwin. I especially enjoyed listening to him play the piano in my grandparents' parlor. Somehow it made me feel like I could completely understand the time period that he and my grandparents grew up in, and with that understanding I was able to really get to know him, and them. He was great in every sense of the word, and there is no doubt he did anything other than live his life to the fullest.

Edwin, thank you so much for touching my life, and the lives of so many others along the way. May your spirit always be with us, and please, keep the music coming.
Doug B. Cameron
August 15, 2009
Ed had the quickest wit, the biggest laugh and made family gatherings so much fun. This last year I truly admired his spirit and bravery.
I'll always remember him playing the piano, where he seemed most at home. I know he's playing for the angels now.
Ed, I'm blessed you were a part of my life. I love you and your memories will always make me smile.
Your niece, Frances Franz
Frances Franz
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