Funeral services for James Walker Goss will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Bill Ichter and Rev. Bill Crider. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., today (Monday, Jan. 13, 2014) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
James was born Feb. 2, 1926 in Doyline to George Cannon Goss and Cleone Elliott Goss and entered into rest Jan. 10, 2014, in Minden.
He served in the United States Army in World War II and was in South Pacific stationed in Guam. He retired after 35 years in the Louisiana National Guard where he was 1st Sgt. of the Minden Unit.
James was a master carpenter and master sheet metal specialist. His workmanship is evident in many homes and businesses in north Webster Parish area and east Texas. He was owner and operator of Goss Lumber and Supply Company on Homer Road in Minden. His early training in sheet metal was with Lewis Sheet Metal in Minden. James was a well-known fisherman and for his gardening. He was an avid hunter and shared his kill with many others.
His parents, George and Cleone Goss and two sisters, Maxine Goss Reeves and Malda Goss preceded him in death.
James leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 65 years, Geraldine "Geri" Shaw Goss of Minden; son, Dr. John W. Goss and wife, Betty and their children, Aaron Goss of West Monroe, David Goss and Evan Beth Novotny and husband, David of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Ann E. Goss and fiancé, Mark Parker and her son, Daniel of Monroe; brother, George Goss of Dallas, Texas; a very special brother-in-law, Dr. B. L. Shaw and wife, Mary Ann and family; and cousins, Jo Ann Goss Wasson, Ervin "Rip" Goss, Charles Goss, Sarah Taylor and Dr. Sarah Frances Anders and families.
Pallbearers will be David Shaw Goss, Aaron William Goss, James Daniel Goss, Melvin Barbo, Carroll Toms and Archie Allen.