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John Edwards Goza, Sr.

June 14, 1940 ~ April 17, 2020 (age 79)

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John Edwards Goza Sr, was born on June 14, 1940 in Arkadelphia Arkansas. He departed this life on Friday, April 17, 2020.

John accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, where she was a member of the Hospitality Ministry, Men’s Ministry and Male Chorus. He worked at Baton Rouge Water Company for 54 years.

John leaves to cherish her memories, his wife Mary Bell Smith Goza; sons, John Goza Jr. and Michael Goza; daughters, Annette (Rayfield) Penn, Maria Fisher, Angelina Varise, Jacqueline Varise and Melissa Wilkins all of Baton Rouge, LA; Walter (Flora) Shugart Jr. and James Shugart of Baton Rouge, LA and  Tommy Shugart Portland OR.,sister in-law Janice Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; brother in-law, John (Clara) B. Smith of Warner Robins, GA., Jerry Smith of Baton Rouge, LA and Leroy Smith of Gramercy LA, , and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, godchildren and friends.

John is preceded in death by his daughter Vanessa Penn, sons, Jacob, Joseph & Charlie Goza; parents, E. L. Goza, Walter & Justine Shugart, aunts, Avenell Tesley and Leola Sandifer, uncles,  Charlie Tesley and Wesley Goza and a host of other aunts and uncles, brothers, Paul Johnson, Omen Shugart and Robert Goza; sisters, Mary Renchie, Carolyn Scott, Jeanette Cummings and Ruth Culbert, grandchildren, Natasha Penn and Latoya Varise

No time to cry don’t shed a tear I am with God In spirit I am here…I kept the Faith my spirit is light I am now at peace now I fought the good fight.

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Graveside Service
April 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Hope Cemetery
Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

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