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James Walter Goss (06-11-2015)
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James “Jim” Walter
Goss, died on June 3, 2015,
at the age of 91.
Jim was born in Farmerville
to Walter F. Goss and
Lovie Hollis Goss. After
graduating from Louisiana
State University, “LSU,”
Jim moved to Dallas in pursuit
of job opportunities
and wanting to experience
life in the big city. In Dallas,
he joined and spent his
entire professional career
with General American
Oil Company, rising in the
ranks to eventually become
Executive Vice President. Shortly after moving to Dallas,
Jim met and married the love of his life, his late wife
Mertie Henry Goss.
Jim served faithfully and honorably in the United
States Navy, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander
in 1984 from the Naval Reserve.
He was an avid golfer, enjoying playing golf at Brook
Hollow Golf Club and the Dallas Athletic Club. He was
also a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas
Wildcat Committee. Jim served on the board of numerous
public and private organizations and was the President of
the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Jim was a long time member of the First United Methodist
Church, downtown Dallas, where he and Mertie were
married in 1952 by the Reverend Bob Goodrich and was
an active member of the Aldersgate Sunday School Class.
In addition to his mother and father, Jim was preceded
in death by: His wife Mertie Goss; daughter Kimberly Goss
Anbouba, and his two sisters.
He is survived by: His son, James W. Goss Jr. of Farmerville;
two grandchildren – Margaux C. Anbouba and James
A. Anbouba; son in law Imad K. Anbouba all of Dallas, TX;
as well as many nieces and nephews.
Our family expresses sincere appreciation to Jim’s
loyal caregiver, friend and angel, Gloria May and to Jim’s
companion and special friend, Claudette Ewing.
Please in lieu of fl owers, please consider contributions
in his memory to Aldersgate Scholarship Fund, First
United Methodist Church,1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas
75201 is suggested.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m on Tuesday, June
9, 2015, at Sparkman Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel,
offi ciated by Bishop John W. Hardt.