BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

GUY H. GOFF
Guy H. Goff was born August 19, 1917 in the Rhodes Town Community close to the old Rhodes gin and Brantley's Store. He was one of four children and the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Will Goff. Guy has two sisters, Ethel Kelly who lives on Hwy. 100 and Ollie May Tucker, deceased. He has one brother, Charlie of Lexington.

He attended school at the old SHeppard Elementary School in the Union Hill Community. Guy said that he never got to attend high school. He began work at his first job as a mechanic with Dee Goff in 1934. In 1935 he went to work for Hubert Barker driving a truck and worked at this job from 1935 to 1937.

In 1938 he worked for Walter Copeland driving a truck. In 1939 to 1941, he went back to Dee Goff's as a mechanic. In 1941 he went to work for Holmes Motor Co. He also married in 1941 to Ann Barker on April 6. They have one daughter Brenda Styles and two grandsons, Richard and Clay Crook. In the later part of 1941 he went to work for Swig Scott at his service station. He worked there until 1942 when he began working at Milan Arsenal.

He was sent to Fort Oglethorpe on Dec. 19, 1943 to be examined for service but was turned down. In 1945 he again went to work for Dee Goff as a mechanic. In 1948 he went to work for Overman Construction in Nashville and worked in Cartersville GA. In 1950 he began working for Standard Auto of McKenzie TN and in 1951 he opened the Red Ace Service Station on S. Main in Lexington and ran this until 1953.

In 1953 he began working as a mechanic for United Grocery Co. In 1958 he began working for Brown Shoe Co. in maintenance and stayed there until 1972 at which time he began working as a head mechanic for Lexington - Paris Freight Line and there he is still presently employed.

Goff ran for Lexington Board of Alderman in 1977 and served 2 terms until 1981. He was chairman of the Fire Dept. Maintenance, Airport an Cemetery departments while serving on the board. Goff is probably best known for his activity in the Henderson County Rescue Squad. He has worked many long hours, days and even years to get this unit where it is today. He along with James Booth, "Mutt" Lewis and Bud Crockett organized the first Rescue Squad in 1964. They joined the Tennessee Assoc. of Rescue Squads in 1968.

Goff has served as captain since 1970. He says that they now have approximately 28 members and he is really proud of how far the Rescue Squad has come in the past 10 years. He feels that they still have a long way to go but they have really improved in recent years. Goff is a Mason, A Scottish Rite Shriner, and a Knight Templer in the York Rite Shriners. He was raised as a Mason in 1948. Goff is also a W.O.W. member, member of the First Baptist Church, a member of the Jack Hay Sunday School Class where he has served as past president.

Goff said that he was saved at a revival held by Edwin C. Bell in 1949. He also serves as auxillary policeman for the City of Lexington and as a deputy sheriff in Henderson County. Goff and his wife, Ann, reside on Skyline Drive in Lexington. Having known Goff for several years, I would have to say that he would make a fine neighbor. He has spent many years in the service of his community and the Times says Hats off to Goff !!

From the Henderson County Times, February 3, 1982

This week our Interesting Person is Guy Goff, who has dedicated many hours of his life to the Rescue Squad of Lexington and Henderson County. In appreciation of his efforts, he will be honored on July 11 with a special day at LHS.

On August 19, 1917 near Rhodes Town in Henderson County, Tennessee, John Will and Cora Neisler Goff became parents of a baby boy. They named their last and most spirited child, Guy. They had another son and two daughters named Charlie, Ollie Mae and Eathel. Guy and his brother, the late Charlie Goff, and sisters, the late Ollie Mae Tucker and Eathel Ervin, were always very close.

Guy was educated at Sheppard School near his home. While in school, he loved basketball and girls. In the eighth grade, he thought he knew enough at that time, so he quit. Guy would be the first to encourage young people to stay in school.

Work and helping other people has been his aim in life. He is ready and willing to take family and friends on business trips and joy rides. Guy's working career has been most interesting - In 1934, drove a log truck for Hu­bert Barker; truck driver for W. C. Cotney; worked at Dee Goffs garage; Ford Motor Company; Swig Scott Service Station; truck drive for Oliver Deere; Koppers Tie Company; Milan Arsenal; Dee Goffs Repair Shop; he and his brother, Charlie Goff, owned and operated Pure Oil Station; McKenzie Standard Auto; he and brother, Charlie, owned and operated Red Ace Station, south of Lexington; United Grocery, where he met the late Jack Hay; 1958-1972 Brown Shoe; retired March 15, 1982 from Lexington Paris Freight Lines. His motto was - You can al­ways get a job if you will work.

At Henderson, Tenn., April 26, 1941, Guy and Anna Belle Jarker were united in marriage. They had one child, a daughter, Brenda. She is Harried to Jim Styes. They live in Lexington. Guy and Ann had three grandchildren, Clay and Richard Crook. They had a baby sister, Wendy Lynn, who lived three days.

In the fall of 1941, Guy and Ann moved to Lexington. Guy answered Uncle Sam's cajl in December of 1943. Due to a bad back, he could not serve in the military.

The most important thing to happen to Guy was in 1950 when he became a Christian. He joined the First Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Brother Deusner. He is a charter member of the Jack Hay Sunday School Class.

Guy's wife, Ann, had health problems for a number of years but that did not prevent her from being a loving help mate, mother and grandmother. Their grandsons spent most of their time in their home. Even after Ann's death on January 10, 1983, the grandsons knew Granddad's home was their home. Richard lives with Guy and works in Lexington. Clay lives in Memphis and attends Law School.

In 1964, the Henderson County Rescue Squad was established. In 1968, it was chartered by the State of Tennessee. From 1970 until the present time, [with the excep­tion of three years], Guy has been Captain. The Rescue Squad is a dedicated group of men and women giving of their time freely. There is danger involved in this ser­vice but the reward is know­ing that they helped someone. Guy said the hardest call to answer is the drowning or a wreck that involves children and teenagers. Guy added the initial H. to his name in 1953. It must stand for heart because he is blessed with a caring one.

The City of Lexington has had Guy as their alderman for 6 years. He belongs to the Masons, the York and Scottish Rites and the Woodmen of the World. Guy works part time at Pafford Funeral Home. Guy contributes his desire to help people to the influence his mother had on him. Miss Cora was a practical nurse. She worked under Dr. Goff of Lexington and Dr. Rogers of Decaturville, a surgeon. Miss Cora rode a mule named "Gallic" far and wide to de­liver babies and care for the sick. She would be gone weeks at a time. About 1932, the Goffs purchased a car and Guy would drive his Mother to the homes. He has spent many nights asleep in the car while his Mother delivered a baby. This was called a "Granny Case" back in those days.

The Henderson County Rescue Squad and the County Fire Department will host a "Guy Goff Appreciation Day" on July 11, 2:00 p.m., at Lex­ington High School Cafeteria. Rescue Squads throughout the state of Tennessee are ex­pected, along with family and friends. Guy's philosophy is be happy-go lucky, treat people right if they will let you and take one day at a time. Hats off Guy H. Goff! A man who cares.

Lexington Progress July 7, 1993 "Interesting Persons" by Dorris Jarrett

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