Ann Beeson Gouge

December 25, 1918 ~ September 9, 2019

Born in: Johnson City , TN
Resided in: Johnson City , TN

Ann Beeson Gouge, age 100, of Johnson City, Tennessee, died in her home on Monday, September 9, 2019, with her daughter by her side.

Ann was born on December 25, 1918 to the late D. R. Beeson Sr. and Elma Rankin Beeson in Johnson City. She graduated from Science Hill High School and Tusculum College. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi where she once served as president.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was in the choir, circle # 3, and the Ann King Sunday School class. She was a member of the DAR and twice served as Regent. For four years, Ann taught elementary school in the Johnson City Schools. A musician her whole life, Ann began the string orchestra program in the Johnson City Schools and served as the director of the program for 19 years. She was a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Wednesday Morning Music Club, and served on the music committee as a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Monday Club. Ann helped found the Johnson City Symphony, where she played as a violinist for 40 years, once appearing as a soloist in the Pops concert. She also played for the opening of WJHL TV. She was a member of the Cantabile Music Ensemble along with her two best friends, Ann Patton and the late Mary Ann Berry. She played for numerous weddings and special events in the Tri-State area. After retiring from the school system, Ann taught private violin lessons for over 20 years. As a volunteer, Ann played for, among others, the Senior Citizen’s Center and Cannon Hospital, both in Avery County, NC and Asbury, Wellington, and Appalachian Christian Village in Johnson City.

In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Gerry C. Gouge; two sisters, Betty Beeson Helms, and Mary Beeson Ellison; her brother, D. R. Beeson Jr.; and a nephew, Tom Helms.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Jann Gouge; two nieces, Ann Caroline Bean and Mary Beth Helms and their families; two nephews, Rick Beeson and David Ellison and their families; and a cousin, Battle Robinson and her family.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Renee and George Pitts, Steven Tester, the staff of Red Lobster, the women of First Presbyterian Church, and the nurses of Ballad Health Hospice.

There will be a Celebration of the Resurrection service on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 1:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church (105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604) under the direction of the Rev. Paul Helphinstine. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The River in care of First Presbyterian Church, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 668886, Charlotte, NC 28266-8886, or the Gideon’s International, or The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251


Celebration of Life: September 14, 2019 1:30 pm

Visitation: September 14, 2019 2:30 pm

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  1. Patty S Fulton says:

    Prayers to the family of this remarkable and talented lady.
    Patty Fulton

  2. Randy and Scarlett Coapstick says:

    Jann and Family- so very sorry to see that Ann passed away but what a long, meaningful life she led! Johnson City was lucky to have benefited from her dedication to music for the schools and the community. We know you will miss her. She was such a nice person. Our love and sympathy is sent to you.

  3. Randy and Scarlett Coapstick says:

    Jann and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Ann’s passing but what a fulfilled and meaningful life she led. Johnson City will miss her influence and hard work in music, both in schools and the community. We know she had a most loving daughter to care for her. Our love and sympathy to you.

  4. Adam says:

    I have fond memories of the subtle competitiveness that Betty (Gaga) and her sister would have when they would get together. An extremely talented musician and knew the secret of longevity. One of my most recent memories I have is when our family gathered after Betty’s funeral at the assisted living residence John (Dot) and Betty (Gaga) lived at for a short time. When Ann came into the room, she instantly spotted the piano and sat down and had no problem entertaining and lifting the moods of all of us in the room. An amazing woman that lived a life that left a lasting impression with anyone who came in contact with her as well as a legacy that lives on with all those that had the chance to become her students. I bet the Beeson orchestra had one hell of a concert when she came home!

  5. barbara taylor says:

    bless ann & her family
    she was a special lady & I loved watching her play at the symphony
    I took piano lessons from her mother in junior & high school for 8 years
    I can still smell the bread she baked
    love to you all

  6. Sheree Andrews Ford says:

    I loved your mother she was such a sweet lady she taught me violin in Junior High at South Junior High in Johnson City ,sorry for your loss

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