Carolyn M. Gober
Carolyn M. Gober
  • June 27, 1921 - March 8, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Carolyn Maddox Gober, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully the morning of March 8, 2017. She was born on June 27, 1921, in Monticello, Georgia, to Lila and Perry W. Maddox. In 1948, she married H. Fred Gober, who predeceased her in 2011. She called him “the love of my life” and he called her “the jewel of Monticello.” Carolyn is survived by four children: Fred (Merrilee) Gober, Jr. MD, James (Lasley) Gober, Jean (Scott) Hunter, and Ann G. Tedesco, all of Atlanta; 11 grandchildren: Michael and Charles Gober; Geoff (Donna) Gober, Linley (Carlton) Wynne, Zack (MaryCatherine) Gober; Lexi (Nik) Fields, Caroline Hunter, Chelsea (Sam) Harrison; Eli Tedesco, Annie (Andrew) McClure, and Cody Tedesco; and 11 great-grandchildren. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and a Masters degree in social work from Georgia State University. Valedictorian of her high school class, Carolyn turned down an earlier marriage proposal, choosing to wait for Fred, “because he was smart” and also valedictorian of his high school class. Their four children went on to become professionals in medicine, law, and education. In 1947, the State of Georgia sent Carolyn to study Virginia’s model for child advocacy, because Georgia had no such program. She came home to design Georgia’s first child advocacy program. During her long career, she served the interests of families and placed many children for adoption. In recent years, her large family gathered at her home every week for Sunday dinner. She was a long-time member of St. John UMC. The Rev. John Purrington will officiate a celebration of Carolyn’s life at St. John UMC on Monday, March 13, with a visitation at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 10:30, followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John or the charity of your choice.