Eugene J. Goss

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Eugene J. "Gene" Goss, age 93, of Sherwood, Ark. went to his heavenly reward on July 30, 2017. He was born April 28, 1924 in Malvern, Arkansas to H.G. and Lela Goss. His parents, two brothers, James C. and Robert W., two sisters, Dorothy Deere and Melba Cook; his first wife, Loraine and daughter, Rebecca Goss predeceased him. Gene served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and attended Stanford University under the NROTC program. He joined the Arkansas National Guard after released and retired with 31 years of military service at the rank of Captain. He was a long time member of Park Hill Baptist Church and a member of the Hill, Herndon, Wallace and Ward Sunday School Class. Gene is survived by his loving wife Alice; two daughters, Deborah Reger (Mark) of Charlotte, N.C. and Cynthia Gentry of Dallas; granddaughters, Jennifer Gentry and Stephanie Smith (Phil) of Dallas; grandson, Nicholas Reger of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren Lily Smith, Theodore Smith and Morgan Gentry; stepdaughter, Holly Speed (John) of Little Rock, stepson, Brent Cravens of Dallas and step-grandchildren, Ridge and Elise Speed of Little Rock. Gene retired as manager of the Searcy office of the Social Security Administration in 1984. He was an active volunteer at the North Little Rock Social Security office for 25 years. Upon his retirement, he was not one to sit around and wither away and became an active volunteer in other areas. He volunteered for 22 years at Channel 7 at "Seven on Your Side"; he also volunteered many years with the Pulaski County Humane Society and the Baptist Health Wellness Center. He was an avid reader with an extensive library and read all books written by his favorite authors. As sports fan, Gene loved the Razorbacks in all sports, the Cardinals in baseball. Gene also enjoyed traveling and was especially proud that he had visited all 50 States and a number of foreign countries. He kept a map of those travels until it was so covered with map tape the trips overlapped. He collected maps and brochures from the places he visited. He is probably looking around the halls of heaven for souvenirs to show his friends when they get there. Gene was a gourmet cook with desserts being his specialty. His Pralines, Four-Layer-Delight, Peanut Butter Balls and Banana Pudding were enjoyed by family and friends. Funeral service for Gene will be at 10 a.m., Monday, August 7th at Park Hill Baptist Church, 201 East C Ave., NLR with Dr. Ken Shaddox officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial with military honors will be at 1:00 pm at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland in Sherwood. Memorials in Gene's honor may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes or The Gideons. An Online Register may be signed at

Published August 5, 2017

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