James Goff of Poplar Bluff passed away at 80 years of age on January 27, 2020, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born November 21, 1939, to Otha and Flora Edith (Null) Goff near Greenville, Mo. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.
On June 4, 1959, he married the love of his life, Norma Cox, and to this union, two children were born.
James attended elementary school at Lone Star School which was in the Camp Allen area. He was employed by Greer Construction for twelve years before becoming owner and operator of Goff Custom Backhoe Work for forty years. James loved spending time with family and enjoyed fishing, camping, and woodworking.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers: Marion Goff and John Goff; sisters: Bessie Goff and Helen Warren.
James is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty years, his children: Don Goff and wife Sherry of Wappapello, Sandy Taurone and husband Tim of Poplar Bluff, grandchildren: Anthony (Alex) Taurone, Nathan (Michelle) Taurone, Valerie Taurone (Jeff White), Audrey (Taylor) Smith, Megan Goff-Goodwin, Terrah Stratton (Kinard Boatner), Taylor (Cory) Jackson, great-grandchildren; Lunden, Loni, Jocelyn, Journey, Annalee, Nyla, Amara, Huxley, Beckham, baby Taurone due in July, also James’ sister; Mary Margaret Gilbreath, and faithful companion and family dog; April. James will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Westwood Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff, Mo. Funeral service followed Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, also at Westwood Baptist Chapel. Pastor Steve Proctor ministered to the family. Nathan Taurone, Taylor Smith, Keith Jackson, Kinard Boatner, Cory Jackson, Jeff White and Anthony Taurone served as pallbearers. Burial was in Cool Springs Cemetery, Taskee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Westwood Baptist Church Building Fund at 419 Co Rd 5231, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, in honor of James.
Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com