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.
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Allan was a true friend and will surely be missed by all that knew him.
Submitted by Billy Turnage on Sep 3 2017 10:31:26 PM
Allan was a great guy. He would drop by the office from time to time and always came in with a smile and jolly attitude. We enjoyed hearing about his motorcycle and fishing adventures. I always admired how he talked about his mom. He will be missed. Teresa Alford
Submitted by Teresa C Alford on Aug 25 2017 12:39:23 PM
Allan set a benchmark for “friend” that I find remarkable in scope and sincerity. He was my nephew by marriage – but brother in every way with what he would do for and with you. His love and care for his wonderful mother is legend stuff – he was always there for Dot! He did so many things for me and my extended family that I can’t begin to list them or thank him enough. Allan quietly practiced help -- especially if you really needed help -- with a charity that few even know about. His brand of friendship is deserving of our deepest respect. I have watched Allan work with such a wide variety of tasks; and even helped him a few times with the lighter tasks a senior citizen like me can physically handle. He had an incredible breadth of skills and analytical prowess – he did the whole job, whatever was needed for a project. His work ethic and tireless energy were simply remarkable. Allan introduced me to oyster roasts many years ago; I will toast him every time I enjoy one, and that will be as many times as I can manage in my remaining years. Thanks Allan.
Submitted by Ed Pearsall on Aug 23 2017 03:46:17 PM
My condolences to the family during this difficult time, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 describes a god of comfort, may god comfort you and may you find comfort in his promise at John 5:28,29, a promise of a resurrection.
Submitted by Jasmine on Aug 21 2017 09:51:04 PM
Pam Teachey lit a candle for Marshall Allan Goff
Pam Teachey lit a candle on Aug 21 2017 11:42:24 AM
Pam, just read this and wanted you to know I care! I am saddened to hear of your loss but rejoice in reading such a wonderful eulogy about your brother. The girls won't remember me but I do them. May God continue to bless you all! Betty Blanton, First Baptist, Wallace (and Smithfield Hog Production)
Submitted by Betty Blanton on Aug 21 2017 11:12:41 AM
Katherine Henderson lit a candle for Marshall Allan Goff
Katherine Henderson lit a candle on Aug 16 2017 07:08:16 PM
Dear Pam, I have just learned of your brother. My prayers are with you and your family. May God's peace and comfort be with you all.
Submitted by Susan Wallace on Aug 14 2017 03:03:23 PM
My prays go out the the family. Class of 79 will miss him.
Submitted by Walter Parker on Aug 12 2017 12:44:49 PM
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