Gary Paul Gothard, Sr. 86, of Johnson City, TN went to be with the Lord on September 22nd, 2021 in Knoxville, TN. He was born in Kennett, MO on November 3rd, 1934 and was the son of Willis Pervis Gothard and Lora Sanders Gothard. He was married to Kay Frances Kelly of Caruthersville, MO on January 20th, 1954.
Gary was a 1953 graduate of Kennett High School and soon after joined the Missouri National Guard. While serving his country, he also worked for Riggs Supply Company in Haiti, MO, where he learned many of the skills that would serve him later in life. Gary received an honorable discharge from the National Guard in 1960 and moved to Memphis with his family. Gary went on to become the owner and sole proprietor of Central Supply Company. He was a distinguished businessman, and his company was considered the best in Memphis and the Midsouth area. Gary was a member of The United Methodist Church for 50 years and came to the lord in 1978.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Kay, their two children; Gary Paul Gothard Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Kelly Gothard Parish of Waynesboro, PA, their two grandchildren; Katie Parish of Baltimore, MD and Gary Paul Gothard III of Florence, SC and their two great-grandchildren; Peyton Stone Gothard and Palmer Steele Gothard. Gary is also survived by his brother Tom Gothard of Paragould, AR as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Odell Cummings as well as his brother, Glen Gothard, and nephew, David Gothard.
Our prayer is for Gary to rest in the arms of Jesus for eternity. We will all look to the day when we are joined again in the Lord’s time.