Donald Eugene Goza, Sr.
Donald Eugene Goza, Sr., 74, of Bridge City, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be the Rev. Charles Miller, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Groves.
Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. Pallbearers will be H.D. Chambers, Landon Woodard, Mel Knapp, Chad Jones, Richard Chambers and Scott Ballard. Honorary pallbearers will be Kurt Guntner and Cory Jay.
The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Born in Vivian, LA., on April 9, 1937, Gene was the son of Ralph and Juanita (Cook) Goza. He has been employed with Firestone Polymers in Orange for the past 51 years.
Gene was an entertainer and had participated in Little Theater. He was a singer and song writer; performed with the Charlie Pruitt Show and was an Elvis impersonator. With his group, Jo, Gene and Company, he enjoyed entertaining senior citizens throughout the Golden Triangle. For his contribution to the local music and entertainment field, he received a star on the Walk of Fame in Vidor.
Although he loved performing and entertaining, he also enjoyed spending quiet times at home with his wife. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be missed by his family and many friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Juanita Goza; daughter, Misty Dawn Goza; and brother, Tommy Goza, Gene is survived by his wife, Mattie Goza of Bridge City; children, Debbie Hamilton and husband, Harvey of Demopolis, AL., Donnie Goza, Jr. of Longview, Deeya Fitz-Gerald and husband, Don of Demopolis, Traci Goza of Beaumont, Rhonda Guntner and husband, Mike of Nederland, Cindy Arquit and husband Marc of Montgomery, Ricky Woodard and wife, Sue of Orange and Randy Woodard of Houston.
Also surviving is his brother, Max Goza of Bridge City; sisters, Martha Boutwell of Vidor, Carolyn Sewell of Beaumont, Polly Lowry of Katy; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rebecca Watson and husband, Harold of Texarkana; brothers-in-law, James Chambers and wife, Aggie of Milam, and Henry Chambers and wife, Patsy of Bridge City; close friends, Jo and Tal Hargis and numerous nieces and nephews.