Obituary: Helen LaEtta Gooch Horne

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Helen LaEtta Gooch Horne (Elam, Summers), 93, a resident of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her residence. 

Mrs. Horne was born to Robert and Beulah Mae Gooch on Dec. 10, 1925 in Fowlkes, Tennessee. She was the mother of two sons, Robert Elam and the late Terry Elam.

She was raised in Memphis and graduated from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. Helen was employed at the telephone company long distance through school. She was an IRS employee for several years during school breaks, a faculty secretary to Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis and taught school for 25 years in Memphis public schools. Helen was a member of Oak Valley Baptist Church. 

Survivors are her son, Robert Elam; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three nieces.

In addition to her parents and son, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Horne. 

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Oak Valley Baptist Church, located at 1161 Lewisburg Pike in Franklin, with Rick Points officiating. Burial will follow in Williamson Memorial Gardens.

A visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Scott, Matt, Brett and Robert Elam.

Condolences with the family may be shared at the Heritage Funeral Home website,

Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia is assisting the family with arrangements.