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OBITUARY

Preston H Gough Jr.

November 21, 1950August 8, 2019
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Preston Hampton Gough, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2019 surrounded by his family. Preston was born on November 21, 1950 to Preston H. Gough, Sr. and Jean Jones Gough. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Birdsong Gough, who dedicated the past year of her life caring for every one of his needs. He always said, “The only thing I don’t collect are wives. I got that right the first time.” This proves to us, that when in doubt, he was actually a very smart man. He is also survived by his children who he adored and equally adored him (most of the time): Lauren Gough Emler (Joey), Rebecca Gough Ueltschey (Michael), and Preston H. Gough, III (Bethany). He left a grand legacy for his five grandchildren who made his world shine a whole lot brighter: Anderson (12), Taylor (10), and Tanner (8) Ueltschey; Preston IV (8), and Ann Roark (5) Gough. He enjoyed making them as hyper as possible and then waving them out the door with a grin while saying, “Come back when you can’t stay so long!” We give him full credit for passing along the “gift of gab” and the hardheaded gene to them ALL. He leaves behind two dear siblings, Alan Gough and Gaye Gough Smith (John), who not only put up with their bossier older brother, but loved him well. A graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law, Preston received his business degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1978. After putting him through law school and splurging on one canned ham a month, much to his wife’s dismay, Preston continued working for F.W. Williams Agency, Inc. and in 1981 joined Southern Cross Underwriters, Inc. He was elected President of the company in 1982. In 2003, Southern Cross was sold to BB&T/CRC. Preston remained Chairman of the Underwriting Division of the CRC Wholesale Group and was planning to retire at the end of the year. His love for and dedication to the insurance industry was outstanding and will leave a legacy for years to come. Preston was a collector of many things. As a child he collected rocks, stamps, coins and baseball cards. Later, when he was all grown up (and still not mature) he collected guns, knives, wine and cars. By far, and more importantly, he collected wonderful, amazing, and caring friends who loved him dearly. The feelings were all mutual. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all of his amazing doctors (especially Dr. Ruth Fredericks), nurses, and caregivers. Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, August 12, 2019 and 12:00-2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. A memorial service will follow on Tuesday at 2:00 pm with Pastor, Dr. Jim Futral officiating. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetary in Ridgeland. The celebration of Preston’s life will continue at The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to St. Dominic’s Hospital Emergency Department or The Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Memories

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David Lee

August 20, 2019

Sorry to hear the very sad news, my thoughts are with all Preston's family and friends. I had the great pleasure to work with Preston for many years and i know he will be sorely missed. truly a great man

Jon Turner

August 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Preston for over 30 years in tax and financial matters both personally and for his company Southern Cross Underwriters, and as he served as a board member for other insurance organizations that our CPA firm worked with. He was a great businessman, smart and fun. He lived large. He was one of those personalities that you just thought would always be there. No doubt, he's already made impressions up above. I will treasure the memories and wish for Barbara and the family God's peace and comfort.

Mary Williams

August 13, 2019

MY TRUE CONDOLENCES TO THE GOUGH FAMILY.

Linda Webb

August 13, 2019

Being in the insurance industry for 37 years, I remember Preston as a good and fun loving man. He was stellar in the insurance industry and when there was question or problem I could not solve, Preston was always there to help. He will be missed by many. I offer prayers to his family and close friends; May the Peace of the Lord be with you all.

Sincerely,

Linda Webb

James Best

August 12, 2019

Condolences to Preston's family from James Homer Best, Nathan Campbell Best, Julie Best Clark and DeDe Best Miley.

Tina Crumpton

August 11, 2019

Truly a great man ! I worked for him for 23 years. He was an inspiration to many. He will be missed. Praying for comfort for his family.

John Pickens

August 10, 2019

Preston and I were room mates at Mississippi College in 1969. Our room was know as "Club 103". I recall a visit to Preston's home where I met his Mom and their amazing tree-climbing dog. I left Mississippi College for Vietnam in 1970 but always remembered Preston's knack for finding the humor in any situation.
Happy we both had an opportunity to find family as we aged and my deepest condolences to his family.
John Pickens
Ocala, FL.

Randy Carroll

August 10, 2019

Preston was a person we all wanted to be; he was bigger then life and he will be missed by anybody whoever met him.

Robin Edney

August 9, 2019

I never met your husband, father. But, he was spoke of fondly by his cousin Karen and friend Steve in my Sunday School class at First Baptist Church Madison. Many prayers were said for him and your family. May the good Lord comfort you!

James Epting

August 9, 2019

I met Preston through work functions and always admired and aspired to be like him. Wonderful person and I will miss him.

Jim Epting
Atlanta , ga

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Biography

Preston Hampton Gough, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2019 surrounded by his family. Preston was born on November 21, 1950 to Preston H. Gough, Sr. and Jean Jones Gough. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Birdsong Gough, who dedicated the past year of her life caring for every one of his needs. He always said, “The only thing I don’t collect are wives. I got that right the first time.” This proves to us, that when in doubt, he was actually a very smart man. He is also survived by his children who he adored and equally adored him (most of the time): Lauren Gough Emler (Joey), Rebecca Gough Ueltschey (Michael), and Preston H. Gough, III (Bethany). He left a grand legacy for his five grandchildren who made his world shine a whole lot brighter: Anderson (12), Taylor (10), and Tanner (8) Ueltschey; Preston IV (8), and Ann Roark (5) Gough. He enjoyed making them as hyper as possible and then waving them out the door with a grin while saying, “Come back when you can’t stay so long!” We give him full credit for passing along the “gift of gab” and the hardheaded gene to them ALL. He leaves behind two dear siblings, Alan Gough and Gaye Gough Smith (John), who not only put up with their bossier older brother, but loved him well.
A graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law, Preston received his business degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1978. After putting him through law school and splurging on one canned ham a month, much to his wife’s dismay, Preston continued working for F.W. Williams Agency, Inc. and in 1981 joined Southern Cross Underwriters, Inc. He was elected President of the company in 1982. In 2003, Southern Cross was sold to BB&T/CRC. Preston remained Chairman of the Underwriting Division of the CRC Wholesale Group and was planning to retire at the end of the year. His love for and dedication to the insurance industry was outstanding and will leave a legacy for years to come.
Preston was a collector of many things. As a child he collected rocks, stamps, coins and baseball cards. Later, when he was all grown up (and still not mature) he collected guns, knives, wine and cars. By far, and more importantly, he collected wonderful, amazing, and caring friends who loved him dearly. The feelings were all mutual.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all of his amazing doctors (especially Dr. Ruth Fredericks), nurses, and caregivers.
Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, August 12, 2019 and 12:00-2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. A memorial service will follow on Tuesday at 2:00 pm with Pastor, Dr. Jim Futral officiating. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetary in Ridgeland. The celebration of Preston’s life will continue at The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to St. Dominic’s Hospital Emergency Department or The Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.