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  • Date of death: September 26, 2020
    Age: 23-year-old
    Cause of death: COVID-19

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Katherine Payne Gooding was a student at FSU who was majoring in meteorology. Saturday she passed away at age 23 due to COVID-19.

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Katherine Payne Gooding
October 29, 1996 – September 26, 2020
Katherine Payne Gooding, age 23, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in
Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to parents Douglas and
Missie Gooding on October 29, 1996. Katherine graduated from Mount Pisgah Christian
School in 2015 and later enrolled in the United States Naval Academy where she was
passionate about her life as a Midshipman. She was also a soon-to-be graduate of Florida
State University’s Meteorology Program.
Katherine is survived by her loving parents, Douglas Jay Gooding and Missie Payne
Gooding; sisters Emily Caroline Gooding and Haley Elizabeth Gooding of Atlanta,
Georgia, loving grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Katherine (or to many friends, “Kat”), was passionate and driven about many things, but
above all else her faith in Jesus and constantly worked to grow closer to Him. People that
knew her, know confidently where she is today. She was a member of and grew up in
Peachtree Presbyterian Church, but built strong connections in multiple church families.
She loved many communities of friends, teachers and mentors throughout her life whether
connected through church, school, the USNA, tennis, marathons, yoga and an everyday
joyful life and “whole hearted” living. She also had challenges in her life and loved
countless people that laughed and cried with her, providing unlimited love and support.
A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on October 6,
2020 at 11:00 a.m., with limited attendance due to the current pandemic. You may watch
via livestream at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Katherine’s name may be made to the Atlanta
Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (, whose mission is to enrich the lives of
underserved youth through tennis and education both on and off the court. AYTEF aims to
help every child achieve greatness through programming that emphasizes character
development, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and fun.

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FSU Weather

Our producers and forecasters would like to express their condolences to the FSU meteorology community who is grieving the loss of one of our beloved students. Please keep their family and our
community in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days.

Spencer Holt

My deepest condolences go out to friends and family of Katherine Payne Gooding. Katherine was a student at FSU who was majoring in meteorology. Saturday she passed away at age 23 due to COVID-19. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family


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