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9/28/2020 6:48:00 PM
Gary Brent Goforth
September 28, 1977 - September 27, 2020

NEWTON, N.C. - Gary Brent Goforth, 42, of Newton, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at his residence as a result of cancer.

He was born September 28, 1977 in Catawba County to the late Gary Fred Goforth and to Kathy Fender Morrell of Elizabethton, Tenn. Brent was loved and raised by his adoptive parents, the late James Monroe Goforth and Gertrude Ballew Goforth of Newton. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton and was previously employed with The Print Company in Conover.

In addition to his biological father, he was preceded in death by his adoptive father, James Monroe Goforth; and niece, Heather Nichole Goforth.

Those left to cherish his memory are his adoptive mother Gertrude Ballew Goforth of Newton; biological mother Kathy Fender Morrell of Elizabethton, Tenn.; brother James C. Goforth and wife Tammy of Hickory; sisters Kathy Leatherman and husband Gary of Lincolnton, Sandy Wilson and husband Mike of Hickory; nieces and nephews Kandra Leatherman, Cole Leatherman, Michael Wilson II, Jordan Wilson, Jamie Goforth, Jennifer Goforth, Aspen Ola-Nicole Parker, Riley Leatherman, Cooper Johnson, Michael Wilson III, and Grant Wilson.

A graveside service to celebrate Brent’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church cemetery in Newton. Rev. Ralph A. Abernathy III will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service in Newton, 7878 NC Hwy 16, Newton, NC 28658.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Goforth family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Goforth family.

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