On Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Spring, Texas, heaven gained another angel. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Lee P. and Easter E. Goode; husband, Dr. Charles Henry High; two sisters, Mildred C. Wright and Mary Jean Green; and four brothers, Samuel Goode, Lee P. Goode Jr., Robert Goode and Phillip Goode.
Gloria was a beautiful baby girl born on June 2, 1945, in Petersburg, Va., to the proud parents of Lee P. and Easter E. Goode. She was the ninth of ten children.
Gloria was raised in Petersburg, Va., and graduated from Peabody High School. She was a lover of education and attended various universities where she obtained multiple degrees, Virginia State University where she studied Music, Huston Tillotson University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Opera Studies, and Delta State University where she earned a Master of Education in Counseling.
Gloria served in a multitude of organizations: The Woodlands Sweethearts Singing Chorale, Team Leader for FEMA Emergency Relief efforts supporting Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike and Tropical Storm Allison; acknowledged by the City of Houston and United Way for emergency counseling service excellence; one of the founding mothers of the Woodlands Chapter, Jack and Jill Inc.; lifelong member of Delta Sigma Theta, and served multiple charities in her community. She was a proud supporter of the Conroe Independent Schools. She was a Clinical Mental Health Consultant with the Judiciary Systems in neighboring counties. She helped build the grief share program at Woodlands Church.
Gloria married Dr. Charles Henry High in August 1972 and was blessed with four children, Michael Eugene, Marie Angelica, David Jonathan, and Beatrice Nadine. Both accepted Christ early in life and were servant leaders in each church home throughout their journey: Church of the Redeemer, Houston, Texas, Messiah of Detroit, Detroit, MI, St. Luke Episcopal Church, Cleveland, MS, St. Paul Episcopal Church, Conroe, Texas, and Woodlands Church, Woodlands, Texas.
She was devoted to counseling and ministering to people in need and pain. She was a clinical director and a licensed professional counselor specializing in adolescent behavior therapy, play therapy, and Christian counseling.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Michael High (Latasha) of Malone, Texas, David High (Charla) of Conroe, Texas, Marie High of Little Elm, Texas and Beatrice High of Las Colinas, Texas; nine grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Goode of Petersburg, VA, and Henry Goode; sisters, Joyce Haynes (Bob) of Higginsville, MO, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She also leaves the Ellison-Allison family of North Carolina, and a host of other relatives and friends in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, and Washington, DC.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015, at The Woodlands Church, Woodlands, Texas. Interment at Garden Park Cemetery, Conroe, Texas.
Obituary courtesy of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.