Lillian Joyce Venable Gould (87),of Raleigh, North Carolina went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2018. Lillian, known to many as Joyce, was born in Oxford, North Carolina on the 29th of April, 1930. She was the daughter of Walter H. Venable and Dorothy T. Venable. Lillian was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings, as her passing brings a close to a family generation.
Lillian graduated from Mary Potter High School in Oxford, and then entered college at Johnson C. Smith University. While attending Johnson C. Smith she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. After transferring to Fisk University, Lillian completed her Bachelor's and Masters in Mathematics. With an established passion for education, Lillian successfully defended her Doctorate of Education at North Carolina State University in 1985 in the area of Adult and Community College Education. To assist with the cost of her undergraduate education, Lillian would do summer work in Wildwood, New Jersey, a major entertainment venue during that time, where she had backstage access to many of the entertainers that toured.
She married Lawrence DeVere Gould (deceased) and they had two sons, Lawrence DeVere Gould, Jr.(Learline), of Phoenix, Arizona, who often goes by Larry, and Walter William Gould (Marshea) of Raleigh, North Carolina. Lillian had two grandchildren, Alleigh Devere Gould and Isaiah Wade Gould. Additionally, she was the “bonus” grandmother of Melanie Jane Lewis and Matthew Joseph Lewis and “bonus” great-grandmother to Isaiah Eli Shabazz and Ian James Lewis. She also had a “special adopted” son, Frederick Johnson.
For more than thirty years Lillian taught Mathematics at Shaw University, with several of those years having her husband as a colleague in the same department. She wove a thread through many lives in that capacity as she was often approached by former students who would recall her passion for teaching with a word of gratitude. She also assisted students at various levels of education by tutoring math and statistics.
After retiring her career as a professor at Shaw University, Lillian was active in her community as a volunteer at the Shephard’s Table Soup Kitchen, an outreach of The Church of the Good Shepherd where she was a long time member.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the Shepard’s Table Soup Kitchen, http://www.shepherds-table.org/ Condolences can be received at 3235 Sunbright Lane Raleigh, NC 27610.
The family would like to thank the staff of Raleigh Rehabilitation for all the attention and care given to her while she was a resident at the facility.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at The Church of The Good Shepherd, 121 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Viewing from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Monday January 22, 2018 at Haywood Funeral Home.
Haywood Funeral Home
Monday January 22nd, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
2415 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Church of The Good Shepherd
Tuesday January 23rd, 2018
121 Hillsborough Street
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God strengthens us by giving us the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
Submitted by Rachel Morton on Feb 4 2018 05:36:31 PM
I’m so sorry for your loss. I can imagine how hard this can be for the family. How comforting it is to know that God understands your pain. “Jehovah [God] is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34:18; 83:18) Pour out your heart to Jehovah in prayer. Even if we struggle to put our feelings into words, He understands how we feel. (Romans 8:26,27) Hang in there!
Submitted by Iyona on Jan 30 2018 08:53:06 AM
My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Lillian V. Gould. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with her for many years at Shaw University. I will be forever grateful to her and her husband Mr. Lawrence Gould for their loyalty and dedication to the students at Shaw University, my alma mater. May you find strength and comfort in the many wonderful memories you shared with her. Peace and blessings.
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Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your precious family member. Turning to our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah at this difficult time can bring you much hope and comfort. He has promised through His loving Son, the Christ, that "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." (John 5:28,29) May you be strengthened by this reliable promise from God.
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