The Tennessee Republican Huntingdon, Carroll County
Friday, January 18, 1929
Former Carroll Countian Killed ALBERT R. GOOCH, son of L. O. GOOCH, was shot and killed at Nocona, Texas Sunday, January 6 at 2:30 while in discharge of his duty as police officer. He and a fellow officer, armed with a search warrant, went to the home of a person charged with bootlegging. The man doing the shooting was already under bond.
As Mr. Gooch entered the room, the offender, hiding behind the door of another room, shotGooch with a sawed off shotgun, the load entering behind the left ear.
The body was taken to the funeral parlor, embalmed for shipment to Tennessee to be buried beside his mother at Barr Springs graveyard in the 26th district near Westport. It arrived at Huntingdon at 10:30, accompanied by JOE GOOCH, a brother. It was carried to the parlor of the jail, the official residence of Sheriff J. C. BUTLER, whose wife is a sister of the Mr. Gooch where it laid in state until Thursday, at 10:30, carried to the Baptist Church, service conducted by REV. T. M. BOYD and E. H. MARTIN. Masons officiated at the service.
Sheriff Butler received a telegram from the mayor of Denton, Texas which bore testimony to the efficiency of Mr. Gooch as an officer, the telegram declaring that Texas had lost one of its bravest and best officers. Many generous floral tributes from Texas friends covered the casket of the deceased, showing he had made friends in his new home.
He was born in Carroll County in 1881, being nearly 48 years old. He moved to Texas some 25 years ago and had been a police officer 8 or 10 years.
He was the son of L. O. and MARGARET GOOCH. He is survived by four sisters, MRS. J. C. BUTLER, MRS. ELMER ORR, MRS. TOM MITCHELL, and MRS. HENRY BUTLER, all of Carroll County, and three brothers, BEN and JAMES GOOCH of Carroll County and JOE GOOCH of Pilot Point, Texas.