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The Rev. James Gooden, 66, of Westcliffe Drive, Amherst, longtime pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Lockport, died Friday (Dec. 26, 1997) in St. Clair Hospital, Tacoma, Wash.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., he was in Tacoma visiting a relative.

He was pastor of the Lockport church for 34 years and was a graduate of Buffalo Book and Bible Institute.

Surviving are his wife, Lucy Quarles Gooden; a son, Ronald of Pittsburgh; four daughters, Lenora Robinson of St. Louis, Joyce of Kenmore and Carol Hamilton and Brenda Howze, both of Amherst; two sisters, Beatrice Groomes of Birmingham, Ala., and Maggie Foster of Tuscaloosa; and 11 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry St. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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