January 17, 1927 ~ October 10, 2021

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Kathleen Hipps Gooch, 94, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, at her home.

Mrs. Gooch was born January 17, 1927, in Buncombe County to the late William Edward and Gertrude Bridges Hipps. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Gooch, Jr., and her siblings, Hilda Corn, Mary Murray, Frances Inez Ownbey, Charles Hipps and Herman Hipps.

Mrs. Gooch retired from Swannanoa Laundry and she was a senior member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She greatly enjoyed reading all of Billy Graham’s books.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Gruber and her husband Dennis; her beloved granddaughter, Amanda Fox, her brother, Ray Hipps and his wife Carolyn and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Green Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Rendell Hipps and the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Owen officiating.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 200 Mt. Carmel Road, Asheville, NC 28806.


Graveside Service: October 14, 2021 2:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Thinking of Aunt Kathleen with love and fond memories. What a sweet spirit she was. She is already missed.
    We offer prayers for peace and comfort, and hearts full hope in Christ
    to Lisa, Dennis, Amanda, and extended family members.

  2. Lisa and Amanda we are sorry to hear of your Mother and Grandmother passing away. She was such a lovely woman and always welcomed me into her home. She loved you girls so much.
    Love you both Gary and Cindy Cornett

  3. So sorry for your loss. I remember Kathleen at Deaver View Church and also knew her family. They were very kind and good people, and I will cherish the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Lisa,
    You mother was such a lovely woman. May your memories be sweet and Jesus hold you close until you see her again in heaven.

  5. Lisa, It’s been a long time. I always thought a lot of your mom and so did my mother. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Lisa, it has been way too long but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loosing your sweet mom. Sending many many hugs your way.

  7. Ray & Family,
    Sorry to hear that Kathleen has passed. She lived a long and dedicated life and is surely watching over you from a wonderful place. Will have you in our prayers as you go forward.

    Remember seeing her when I would be task with taking shirts to the office location on Church Street.

  8. Lisa and family, sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was a very lovely lady and I will always remember how she was dressed so beautifully every time I saw her. Please know you, Dennis, and Amanda and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Lisa I’m so sorry about the loss of your dear Mom. May your wonderful memories be of comfort to you. I will be remembering you and family. 🙏🙏🙏


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