He was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Parsons to William T. and Onah Lola (Myers) Gofourth. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1953 and served in the Korean War from October 1953 to October 1955.
For 10 years, he worked at Gribben Motor Co. and later, for many years, was a sheet metal worker at Crane Sheet Metal Co.
He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and a life member of Brown Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. For many years, he was active in the Parsons Riding Club. He enjoyed his family activities and especially his grandchildren. He loved doing mechanical work of any kind.
On June 9, 1953, he married Barbara Shepard in Bentonville, Ark. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Rod Gofourth and his wife, Ramona, of Edna, Mark Gofourth and his wife, Teresa, of South Coffeyville, Okla., and Scott Gofourth and his wife, Brenda, of Parsons; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chet Gofourth of Parsons and Jack Gofourth and his wife, Janet, of Tombstone, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Eileen Gofourth of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Glenn Gofourth and William Gofourth; and two sisters, Alma Pitts and Vida Sorrell.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Private burial for the family will be at Oakwood Cemetery, with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.