Former Sheriff Gene Goss passes away

Wil Petty

February 2, 2014

Mr. Eugene Goss, better known as Gene, of Jefferson died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He was 75.

Mr. Goss was born on June 27, 1938, to the late Leonard and Sibbi Barker Goss.

Goss served as sheriff of Ashe County from 1982 to 1990. Goss was also known during his time as Sheriff as being one of three men to go into the Ore Knob Mine and help recover the bodies of Lonnie Gamboa and Tommy Forrester in Jan. 1982.

Goss also served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Ashe Masonic Lodge, Ashe Shrine Club and Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson.

Mr. Goss was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, George Wayne Goss and Rev. James “Jim” Goss and one half brother, Robert Goss.

Mr. Goss is survived by three sons, Mark Goss of Clemons, Greg Goss of N.Y. and Scott goss and wife Jennifer of Lansing; two brothers, Dean Goss and wife Ann of Jefferson, and Rev. Steve Goss and wife Phyllis of Boone; one sister, Carol Driver and husband Donald of Wash.; one sister in-law, Anna Lee Goss of Jefferson; one grandson Jonathan Goss and wife Brittany; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Easton Goss; two step great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Grayson Joyal, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel in Crumpler.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel by Rev. Steve Goss. The burial will follow at the Howell Hill Cemetery in Lansing with military rites.

Flowers will be appreciated or memorials can be made to: The Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.

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Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens was entrusted with Goss’ arrangements.