Lillian Joyce Venable Gould



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, 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.