Larry (Butch) Goffney, Sr., 63, departed from this life June 8, 2011 at Arcadia Nursing Home in Nelsonia, Virginia. Butch was born January 6, 1948 to the late Sidney and Darlene Goffney, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the eighth of nine children.
Butch attended Willow Grove school system in Pennsylvania. Later, the family moved to New Jersey and in 1967, Butch graduated from Camden High School, Camden, New Jersey. The summer before his senior year, he met Mary Williams Edwards. In July 1967, they married and God bless their union with three children.
As a family man, Butch was a hard worker, great provider and father. He began his career at an ambulation plant in Burlington, New Jersey. In 1969, he fulfilled his wife’s desire and moved to her hometown in Painter, Virginia. He was eager to support his family; so he took a job at a fertilizer plant for $25 a week. Because of his enthusiasm, the Lord blessed Butch with a job at the Pulpwood and Plywood Plant in Pocomoke, Maryland. He remained faithful to this job for nearly 20 years. At the same time, his mother-in-law gave him land in Mt. Nebo, Virginia to build a house for his family. Once he was settled in his home and job, Butch spent quality time with his family by taking them on family trips (especially to New Jersey to spend time with his siblings and their family), swimming, fishing, cooking and skating.
Butch joined Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Because of his devotion, he was called to be a walking deacon. He also joined the choir to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. His favorite songs were Going Up Yonder and Somewhere Around God’s Throne.
As a father, he was called “pop” or “dad”. He loved children and he enjoyed watching his own blossom. As his boys were growing up, he became very active in their activities such as sports and quality time with their friends. He enjoyed watching his daughter ride her bike. As a young girl, Butch enjoyed throwing her in the air.
As a brother, he was called “Butch”. He was close to his siblings and enjoyed their fun times together. Laughter was a thing they all enjoyed. Memories were made every time they all were together.
As an uncle, he was called “Uncle Butch”. During the summer months, his nieces and nephews from Virginia and New Jersey would come and spend time at his house. Because of Butch’s kindness, one of his nephews’ from New Jersey stayed an entire year. Butch never had a problem with his family staying at his house. He treated them as his own.
As a grandfather, he was called “Pop” or “Pop-Pop”. His grandchildren were very special to him. He loved them all. He would always joke and laugh with them. When they were babies he loved to rock them to sleep.
As a friend, he was kindhearted and generous. If his friends needed anything and if he had it, he would give without hesitation. He took pleasure in going hunting with his friends and bringing home rabbits and deer for dinner.
The union ended between Butch and Mary in 1983. Shortly after, he moved back to New Jersey with his siblings. While in New Jersey, he remarried and spent his final 14 working years at ColorRite in Burlington, New Jersey. His second marriage ended and he became disabled.
In 2005, Butch followed his heart and moved back to Virginia with his late sister Marge and oldest great grandson. He was happy to be at home with family and friends. At home, he enjoyed watching the History Channel, going fishing with his sister, playing with his grandchildren, sitting on the front step or back porch and talking to his family and friends.
Butch will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Butch leaves treasures: his three children: Larry, Jr., Hijii and Meosha. Eight grandchildren: Shakeya, LJ, Whitney, Shawn, Lamar, Cashmere, Ty’Reese and Terrance. Four great grandchildren: Samear, Brooklyn, Ethen and Kevin, Jr. Two siblings: Joan Charlton of Willingboro, New Jersey and Sidney Goffney (wife: Violet) of Pemberton, New Jersey and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
Butch was predeceased by his parents: Sidney and Darlene Goffney. His two brothers: George and Richard Goffney. Four sisters: Ernestine Lee, Gertrude Long, Elsie Logan and Anna Goffney.