Rev. Dr. James Gooden
On May 2, 2021, Bishop James Gooden passed away surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness. He was 97. For half a century he served in pastoral ministry throughout South Florida along with his wife of 78 years, Dr. Evelyn Smith Gooden. He was an Ordained Bishop in The Church of God (Cleveland Tennessee) and a brilliant pulpiteer.

Bishop Gooden served in the United States Armed Forces from 1943 through 1946 and participated in the European Theater Operations during World War II. He earned and was awarded Good Conduct Medals, Sharpshooter Medals, an E.T.O. Medal with three battle stars. In addition, he has the Veteran of Foreign Wars Recognition. James was also a retired employee of the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel newspaper. He was an active citizen within the community, and honored as a Broward County Pioneer and Civic Leader, received the "Eminence Award" from AARLC, Recognition in the Broward County Senior Hall of Fame, The Sun Sentinel Journal of Black Leaders, and the Department of State American Legion.

Bishop Gooden is survived by his wife, Evelyn , daughters – Dr. Janie Greenleaf (Claude -Deceased), Cleo Stroud, Edith Gooden-Thompson (Maurice), Marva Gooden, Linda Smith (Rev. Charles), Rev. Kathy Flowers (Edsel), Faye Gooden Williams, their son Raymond Gooden, 17 grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great Great Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in his name to - The Area Agency on Aging of Broward County or the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward-5300 Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351; 954-745-9567.
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Published by Sun-Sentinel on May 12, 2021.
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As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Preston James Williams, III
Grandchild
June 13, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mr. & Mrs. Confesor Martinez (Portia Omega)
Grandchild
June 8, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Fayeannette Gooden Williams
Daughter
June 8, 2021
Dad, we are taking time out to thank you for some of the things you did.....
You remembered to include us in life events and family gatherings. You taught us the importance in Church fellowship and service. You taught us to trust in God. You provided for us. You encouraged us to live life to it's fullest. You rescued us from the hand of the enemy. You prayed for us. You have always prayed for us. Prayers that availeth much.....warring, healing, petitioning, and guiding. Thank you Dad for your prayers. You are a light to us and thank you for being our father on earth. WE LOVE YOU FOR ALWAYS! ---- Faye, Gene, PJ, Portia, and our families.
Faye Annette Gooden Williams
Daughter
May 20, 2021
Please accept the collective condolences from the entire Franks family and all of the respective churches we represent. In 1998, After returning to the state of Florida after a 14 year hiatus I ran into Bishop Gooden at a state meeting. I asked Bishop if he remembered me. His answer was a matter of factly, boy i christened you. Bishops first pastorate was Dania COG in 1955 and he dedicated me in 1956. Since then we served on the State Council together and shared too many events to number. Always ready, always prepared and always kind. Blessings to Mother Gooden and entire family.
Bishop Degrando Franks Jr.
May 16, 2021
To the Gooden Family
I am so sorry for your loss. He is the Pastor that God used to bring me to the ministry. I will never forget his great support and love. He was the greatest of Pastors. A great example of a Christian man. Loved his Family and the body of Christ. Bishop will be greatly missed.
Pastor Sheron Quailes
May 16, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family at this time of sorrow. May God give you all comfort at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with each one of you especially his wife and my dear sister in Christ Linda. Love Albert and Alesia Fuller❤❤
Alesia Fuller
Friend
May 14, 2021
We the Rolle family, extend our sincere condolences for the loss of your father Bishop James Gooden.
We love you, and you are in our prayers.
Blessings
The Family of the late
Bishop Henry Van & Mary Rolle
Sherry Rolle & Famimy
Friend
May 14, 2021
Prayers to the family.my the Lord bless and keep y'all.Rev Golden and his wife and the rest of the Golden family came into the family through my sister in law Linda.I was always so glad when Rev Gooden and his wife would visit Tallahassee.Rev Gooden had a life time of wisdom that he was always willing to share.I could set hours and listen to the wisdom that he was always speaking.He had a soft voice but he had good leadership he had a positive impact on everyone.Family find strength and comfort in knowing he's resting with the Lord My love to the Family.Henrietta Smith.
May 13, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but your special memories will help you cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Our deepest sympathy with love.
Russell & Adrienne Jackson
Family
May 13, 2021
A master pastor, teacher, advisor! A man of God, loved by so many. You will always be remembered. We thank God for leading us into your path.
Willie & Mary Jackson
May 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss praying for your family. Bishop Gooden was my pastor in Delray Church of God for 10 years .
Tanya Wilson
Friend
May 13, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
The Order of The Daughters of The King , St. Bernard de Clairvaux St. Bernadett
May 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara Harris
Friend
May 12, 2021
To the Gooden Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Jim well from the good old Sun Sentinel days. He was one of the sweetest and nicest men I've ever met. I also worked with his daughter Linda and thought the world of her as well. Tara Bezak
Tara Bezak
May 12, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lisa Richardson
Family
May 12, 2021
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