Marshall Allan Goff

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Marshall Allan Goff (Allan) passed away on August 4, 2017 in Burgaw, North Carolina, near the river that he loved, doing what he enjoyed – working and helping a friend.

Allan was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Violet “Dot” Harris Goff and the late Marshall Goff on October 7, 1961. He is survived by his mother, his sister Pamela Maloney, two nieces Mary and Bethany Maloney, that he adored, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Allan loved and honored his family beyond measure. He always said he “had the best Mom in the world” and enjoyed looking after his sister and his nieces, who he tried to guide, find their strengths, and grow up to be their best. He was always happy to lend a helping hand to a friend, assist the older folks, and enjoyed mentoring the young. He gave freely of himself, and was often rewarded with a new friendship in return. Allan was the glue that held together a family, his community, and a multitude of friends.

Initially, Allan attended NC State for engineering. His marriage and family brought him back to Burgaw, where he began working for Kenan Trucking in their shop. He was temporarily transferred to Norfolk, VA where he continued his education at Old Dominion University. His work ethic soon moved him up to dispatcher, and eventually terminal manager at Kenan, and then later at Central and Superior Transport companies. While working for Central, he again returned to school, this time at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated at the top of his class in physics and was awarded the Walter Schmid Award for Excellence. He accomplished this while working full time and working construction on weekends to help pay for school. To say he was a hard worker, would be a major understatement.

Allan was a man of many talents, and was one of the rare few that are extremely intelligent, with great common sense. He had an iron-clad work ethic and took great pride in his work. He truly loved what he did, especially if it was for a friend.
Allan was a man of great character, as well as being quite a character himself. He loved to laugh, sing with his friends, and was always up for an adventure. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and being the “leader of the pack” with his biker buddies. They frequently defaulted to his navigational abilities as he had an uncanny way of knowing his way most anywhere without a map. Allan also loved his solo rides, taking a month many summers to explore new places, as well as visiting long-time friends in Maine to give them a hand with whatever they might need.

While Allan was an extremely social person, he was also a private man, however, his heart and home were always open to his family and friends. His friends were precious to him and he took great joy in making new ones, always saying, “I’d rather make a friend than an acquaintance”.

In so many ways, Allan was the life blood of his community at the river. He spent his early years on Shelter Creek, and most of the rest of his life on the North East Cape Fear. He was always introducing new friends to each other and gathering folks together on the river to cool off on a hot day, cook out on a sandy beach, or enjoy a sunset cruise. The river was as much a part of his life as breathing.

There was no better, truer friend than Allan and he was always there to lend a hand or a sympathetic ear – always there to share the good times, or the bad. Those of us that knew and loved him (and there are many) are proud to call him our friend. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts that will never fully mend.

A celebration of Allan’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Jordan’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Applewhite and The Rev. Tom Canady will conduct the service.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Burgaw Baptist Church Youth Group, PO Box 385, Burgaw, NC 28425.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.