A.W. Goff was born February 24, 1929 in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas to the late Archie and Ollie (McCrackin) Goff. He passed from this life June 4, 2020 in Russellville, Arkansas, at the age of 91 years.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rayburn Goff and Carlos Goff, two infant sisters, wives, Nadine Wilkes Goff, Hattie Jo Dennis Goff, and Sue Low Goff; son-in-law Robert McNew, daughter Amy Dennis Coffey, and grandson Robby McNew.
He is survived by three sisters, Elzada (Ray) Harris, Nola Mulligan and Naomi (Jim) Fannin; children, Paula McNew, Wayne (Emily) Goff, David (Paula) Goff, Todd (Karen) Dennis, Gary (Myrrel Lee) Low, and Beverly (James) Patterson; grandchildren, Jamie (Nathan) Wilkerson, Rebecca Kusters, Kevin Goff, Randy (Megan) Goff, Kathy (Joey) Mendoza, Jennifer Goff, Jeff (Misty) Goff, Anna Lee (Bill) Mann, Dennis (Jessica) Coffey, Daniel (Jillian) Coffey, Andrew Low, Cynthia (Jerome) Salomon, Clay Patterson and Haley (Matt) Haney; and 30 great grandchildren.
A.W. began his preaching career at an early age, preaching one of his first sermons under an oak tree beside the church building in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas. He taught some Bible classes as a teenager. He was greatly influenced to become a gospel preacher by his father, Archie, and two mentors – Paul Lusby and Harold Sharp. He preached in several congregations in Northeast Arkansas by appointment. He briefly attended Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, and then began preaching full-time. He preached in Fort Scott, Kansas; Medicine Lodge, Kansas; Bradley, Illinois (5 years); Cash, Arkansas (3 years); the Eastside Church of Christ, Blytheville, Arkansas (3 years); Northside Church of Christ, Conway, Arkansas (5 years); Morrilton, Arkansas (5 years); E. 16th Street Church of Christ, Russellville, Arkansas (33 years). He held many gospel meetings throughout the country during these years, often conducting 12-15 meetings per year. He converted countless individuals, strengthened the churches where he went, made life-long friends of the brethren, and had a sterling reputation throughout his 60-year career. He conducted his sole debate in Morrilton, Arkansas in 1977. He conducted countless weddings and funerals.
A.W. will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside service and burial will be Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville. Mr. Mike Pittman and Mr. Leon Goff will officiate. Family wishes to express thanks to a devoted caretaker, Melinda Taylor. Memorials may be made to East 16th Street Church of Christ, 709 East 16th Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801. Online obituary and guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com
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