Edmund “Doc” Goforth, 66, Pryor, died Friday, at his home. He was born on April 21, 1946, in Pryor, the son of Wayne Mason Goforth and Norma Marie (Hill) Goforth. Goforth married Doris Peters on July 23, 1965, in Pryor, making a life together. He retired in 2006 from the Union Pacific Railroad after 42 years of working as a signal maintainer. He and his son, Troy, owned and operated Hudson Lake Hydro Hoist. He and Doris also owned and operated the El Royal Mexican Restaurant in Pryor and have done so for over 37 years. Goforth enjoyed spending time at their home in Cozumel where he could fish, scuba dive, and spend time with family and his many friends at the beach. He enjoyed OU football and girls basketball. Next to his family, they were his favorite thing.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of the home; his children, Troy and wife Leslie Goforth of Pryor, Tracy Wayne Goforth of Pryor, Johnny Lee Dobbins Goforth of Pryor, Kristi and husband, Dwayne Huff of Pryor; five grandchildren, Chelsie and husband Nick, Mason, Kyle, Andi and Dalton; great-grandchildren, Raiden and Makenzie; niece Dedra Goforth and nephew, Kevin Goforth; along with many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Norma Goforth and his brother, Billy Ward Goforth.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m., Thursday, in the First Church of God with the Rev. Andrew Rehbein officiating. Interment will be in the Graham Memorial Cemetery. The family asks in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Home of Hope (for developmentally disabled adults) , P.O. Box 903, Vinita, Okla., 74301 in his memory. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday. To leave a personal message to his family, visit www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.