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The last of the "DeLand Rat Pack", a prominent business man, a community leader, a church member but to three boys their father, seven grandchildren their grandfather, nine great grandchildren known as Poppa, Uncle and by many others, their friend. Homer Goff, a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, a Mason, past member of the DeLand Jaycees, current member of Stetson Baptist Church, has passed away this evening, April 9, leaving a legacy of his own brand of humor and life. Some would praise him and some may curse him but none can accuse him of not being himself. Coming to the aid of many in their most troubling times while struggling with life's problems on his own terms and making a living for his family. Born December 13, 1921 in Live Oak, Florida, Homer attended Suwanee Academy. After graduation he served in the Air Corps of the Army as a navigator on recon missions over Europe during World War II. Married to one of the sweetest southern ladies, my Mother, Harriette Lenore Brown in Jacksonville, Florida. Their first two sons, Robert Frederick (Bobby) and James Russell (Rusty) were born there and third son Homer Jackson, Jr. (Sonny), born in Live Oak. Homer, Harriette and family moved to Daytona Beach in the early 50's then to DeLand in 1955 where remained as a resident. He had spent the last year, with the very warm, loving, and caring staff at the Savannah Court in Orange City, until his death. Homer now joins his wife and his buddies, Clyde, Stan, Tom and all others, as members of the marble garden at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends will gather with Bobby and Carol, Rusty and Susan and Sonny and David on Monday at 12:30 P.M. with a Masonic Service at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Lankford Funeral Home. Funeral services will continue at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Dan Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church with Military Honor conducted by the U.S. Army. Family requests that those attending use casual attire. Lankford Funeral Home is in charge.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 12, 2013