Robert Eugene Gosa, 88, passed away at Baptist Hospital in Calhoun City on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Born May 20, 1932, in Clay County, he was the son of the late John McGee Gosa and the late Moss Kisner Gosa.
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Robert graduated from West Point High School in 1950. From there he attended both Ole Miss and MS State. On June 6, 1958, he married his true love, the former Nancy Alice Parker, and they spent 57 wonderful years together until her passing in 2016. Robert began working at the Calhoun City National Guard in 1956, and served as an AST for the unit. He remained in the Mississippi National Guard until being mobilized in Fort Pope, LA, from the fall of 1961 until the summer of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Robert served two tours in Vietnam, 1966-1967 and 1969-1970. Two tours in Germany, 1964-1966 and 1975-1976. And also one tour in Korea. Over the years, he was stationed at Fort Riley-Kansas, Fort Stewart-Georgia, Fort Leonard Wood-Missouri, Fort Gordon-Georgia, and Camp Beauregard-Louisiana. He remained on Active Duty unti his retirement in 1981.
After retirement, he started working for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and retired from there in 1997 after 16 years.
During his life, the accomplishments for Mr. Robert were innumerable. Among his most proudest were
-American Legion member since 1980
-Dept. Commander 1990-1991
-Calhoun City Post 50 Commander 1995-2000 and 2004-present
-National Executive Committee 2010-present
-Past Alternate NEC 2006-2010
-County Veterans Service Officer (VSO)
He was a member of numerous committees, both National and Departmental levels throughout his career with the American Legion. He was a member of the VFW, Sons of the Confederacy, and Armored Cav. Vietnam and Cambodia Association member-36 division.
Robert dedicated his life in service of our nation and its veterans. He proudly served not only his country, but his local community as well, and his impact will never be forgotten. Our community will always be grateful for his service.
Pryor Funeral Home is honored to serve Robert’s family.
A funeral service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 2:00pm at Pryor Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation on Tuesday from 10:00am until service time at the funeral home. Bro. Bobby Cook, Bro. Dwight Brown, and Bro. Roger Reeder will be officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Big Creek with full Military Honors.
Pallbearers will be Kent Parker, Brent Parker, Toby Parker, Tyler Parker, Jason Wright, Tony Parker, Steve Parker, Gary Parker, Trey Hardin, Dusty McKibben, Jesse Parker, Mike McKibben, and Harvey Hardin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion.
He leaves behind his daughter, Anita Stone and husband Rufus of Calhoun City and their children, Matthew Stone and wife Misty, and Shannon Stone and fiancé Bryce Fleming; son, Mike Gosa and wife Joy of Big Creek and their children, Levi Gosa (Mary Alon James) , Kristy Isaac and husband Brad, Andrew Ellis; great-grandchildren, Keegan Ellis, Rylee Isaac, John Parker Stone, Paislee Isaac, and Jameson Stone; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Parker Gosa; and uncle, John Kisner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Emergency Fund of American Legion.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.pryorfuneralhome.com