Fred Colan “Toby” Goetze, 75, affectionately known to his grandchildren as “George” passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family under the care of Hospice of South Georgia on Monday, January 18, 2021.
A native and lifelong resident of Jesup, Toby was born on August 2, 1945. He was a retired auditor/ engineer with the Department of Transportation. Toby loved the Lord and his family. He was a longtime active member of the Crossroads Church of God and enjoyed golfing, fishing and gardening in his spare time. Toby was a southern gentleman, a true “jack of all trades” and a master of carpentry. Using his skills, he built houses for himself and several members of his family and he was always willing to lend a helping hand along with his years of knowledge and expertise to help anyone in need. His mother, Juanita Harrison; his father, Joseph Goetze and his sister, Margaret Caldwell all preceded him in death.
Toby’s family was always first and foremost in his life and he devoted himself to them with an unselfish love. He was married to the love of his life, Faye Collins Goetze of Jesup, for fifty-three years. They had three daughters who were his pride and joy, Cinda Lawson and husband, Don of Orlando, Florida, Jennifer Thompson and husband, Bill of Holly Springs, North Carolina and Nikki Thompson and husband, Richard of Jesup. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Colby Lawson, Carter Lawson, Clara Lawson, Abbi Thompson, Ella Thompson and Arlyn Kate Thompson, and a special nephew, Ronnie Goetze. Also leaves behind his siblings, Joe Goetze and wife, Judy of Massachusetts, Cindy Potts and husband, Ricky of Massachusetts, and Christopher Goetze and wife Beth of Massachusetts;. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with Reverends George Moxley and Brandon Stone officiating. The family will receive friends following the services at the cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Howell Clements, Gary Moody, Danny Broadhurst, Carl Rozier, Ronald Anderson and Billy Lawson. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Crossroads Church of God.
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