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David Lee Gooden

August 5, 1959 ~ March 2, 2022 (age 62)

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David Lee Gooden, 62 of Lorain, Ohio passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on March 2, 2022. 

David was born August 5, 1959, to Bennie Gooden, Jr and Dorothy Jean Gooden (Carter) in Louisville, Mississippi. His family moved to Lorain, Ohio in 1965.  David was the eldest of 4 siblings: Dennis Earl Gooden, Sr (Janet), Benneye Elaine Gooden-Young (D-Mac Kenneth), and Linda Deneice Gooden (son- Lloyd Sams).  

In the early 1980’s David moved to MI. There he met and married the love of his life, Diane. Together they raised their children Dotiana, Dominique, Davien, Dex, Devanear, and Desiray, and grandchildren; Davionna, Davien, Jason, Davion, Damarrionna, Janivea, Ellis, Zakela, Dax Billy, Jerzey, and great grand-daughter Jazire. 

David graduated from Lorain High School in 1978. He was very active in sports, especially football and was very popular and well liked among his fellow classmates and within his neighborhood. As the eldest of his siblings, David was the leader of the Gooden pack. He always led with humor and pranks (too many pranks to count!). But when the occasion called for a serious mind, he never fell short and always did what was needed to be done. As a dad and grandfather, he was affectionally known as papa. David loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart, lavishing his family with love and of course his humor and pranks.  David also was an avid pool player. For years, he traveled with his team dominating the game.  

David is survived by his mother, wife, children and siblings noted above also by step siblings: Delores Paton, Lloyd (Dorothy) Wallace Jr, Vernon (Denise) Wallace, Rachel Durr, Kent (Pat) Wallace, Faye Wallace, Philip (Sue) Wallace, and Kyle (Patricia) Wallace, host of nieces, nephews, cousins.

David was preceded in death by his father Bennie Gooden Jr (2017), stepfather Lloyd Robert Wallace Sr (1999), his sons Davien Calloway (2012), Dex Calloway (2014), and step siblings Sean Wallace, and Kevin Wallace. 

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