Cliff B. Gosney of Tallahassee died at home Friday, May 23, with his wife of 40 years, Patricia, by his side. Cliff was born July 29, 1928, in Alexandria, Kentucky, to Myrtle Neale Gosney and Clifford Byrd Gosney, Sr. He moved to Florida to attend Stetson Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1952. He was a civil trial and appellate lawyer until his retirement. He began his career as an associate with Gurney, McDonald, & Handley, in Orlando, Florida, and commenced his private practice in Daytona Beach in 1960. Cliff was rated AV in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and was admitted to practice before the Florida Courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Upon his retirement, activities included creating "Books for Africa," a 501-C-3 non profit corporation, providing in excess of one million free text books to students in need. During his college years, he designed and constructed various types of boats, and his activities included fishing, writing, travelling, theatre and the arts, and gardening. Upon moving to Tallahassee, he studied advanced courses at Florida State University, and became a member of the President's Club and the Robert Strozier Society in support of the Arts at FSU. Survivors include Cliff's wife, Patricia Kerens Gosney and three children, Clifford B. Gosney, III (Vicky); Steven Neale Gosney (Michi), and Sondra Kay Gosney. Three grand-children, Katrina Cervantes Gosney, Nicholas Davis Gosney, and Steven Cervantes Gosney; his sister-in-law, Rachel Kerens DeFilippo and her husband Robert DeFilippo. Cliff will be cremated and his remains interred in Kentucky. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange, FL 32129. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee, Florida.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 28, 2014