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.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2009.