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Collins editor Jimmy Goff dies

Friday, May 23, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Funeral services for Mr. James Rodgers (Jimmy) Goff, 84, of Collins, were held Monday, May 19, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Collins. Mr. Goff died Thursday, May 15, at the Regency Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Burial was in the Collins City Cemetery.

A native of Lucedale and a graduate of the Lucedale School System, Mr. Goff entered the United States Army following graduation from high school and trained and served in Germany during the Korean War. Upon discharge from the service, he attended Mississippi College in Clinton, graduating with a degree in Chemistry. After graduation from Mississippi College, he coached and taught school in Shaw.

Upon the death of his father-in-law, Jimmy Arrington (then editor and owner of The News-Commercial) on December 25, 1957, he began working with the newspaper, becoming Editor in 1960. He returned to coaching in 1962 when he took the position of coach and teacher at Mount Olive High School, a position he served until 1966.

Mr. Goff was Editor and co-owner of The News-Commercial, a position he held for some fifty-four years. He worked hard through the years to build the newspaper and experienced the many different changes in the printing process. Mr. Goff used the newspaper to better the county, state and individual lives of all its residents. In 2008, he invested in a new venture, Our South Magazine, and served as its Editor-In-Chief.

A devout Christian, he was a faithful member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Collins where he served in many capacities, including Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School teacher, a member of the Adult Choir, and worked with numerous committees and ministries.

As a community leader, among the many civic organizations in which he was active was the Collins Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member and past board of directors member of the Okatoma Golf Club. He retired as a referee with the Mississippi High School Activities Association. While at Mississippi College, he was president of the M-Club. A supporter of the Covington County Hospital in Collins, he was a past member of the Board of Trustees.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward and Esta Mae Parker Goff; his brothers, Edward Goff and Bill Goff; his sisters, Mary Henderson and Maxine Cochran; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James D. Jr. (Jamie) and Judy Miley Arrington; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James D. Sr. (Jimmy) and Alyne Rogers Arrington.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Analyn Arrington Goff of Collins; his daughter, Anna Goff of Collins; his son, James Arrington Goff of Collins; his brother, Frank Goff of Knoxville, Tennessee; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Dr. Albert S. Gooch Jr. of Flat Rock, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews, including Jay Arrington of Mize, Alyson Gooch Thorn and Tres Gooch, both of Flat Rock, North Carolina, and John Goff of Lucedale.

Memorials made be made to The Jimmy Goff Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Collins Rotary Club, Post Office Box 512, Collins, MS 39428 or to the First Baptist Church, Post Office Box 997, Collins, MS 39428.

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