Lonnie Ray Goss was born on July 28, 1936 in Carthage, Texas. He was the seventh child (twin) of 16 children, born to Elijah Goss, Sr. and Evelyn Goss. His church home was that of Pleasant Hill CME Church in Woods, TX. He attended school at Pleasant Hill Schools, where he advanced to the eighth grade. While attending school, he helped support his family by laboring in the fields, chopping and picking cotton. In 1955, he moved to California and resided in Fontana and Indio with older siblings, before moving Los Angeles. In January 1958, he married Geneva Battle. To this union, four children were born: Lee, Darrell, Melony and Kimberly.
For many years, Lonnie worked for K.K.W. Trucking Company. In 1969, his dream to own a restaurant came true. He opened Goss Fried Fish and Chicken on Vermont Avenue. In 1972, he opened his second location on Compton Avenue. In 1975, he opened a third location in Gardena, California. This third location in Los Angeles was Lonnie's first You Buy, We Fry Fish Market. In 1983, he opened another fish market on South Prairie Avenue in Inglewood. Also in 1983, after purchasing and improving and abandoned Jack in the Box building, he opened the largest You Buy, We Fry Fish Market in Los Angeles area. Between all locations, he had a staff of 33 employees and hundreds over the years. He retired from the restaurant business in 2011.
Later in life, while still managing to operate his restaurants, he diversified into other business investment opportunities. Personal money lending to a close personal friend, Thomas Garland, a real estate entrepreneur, Lonnie was inspired to invest in real estate, along with his sons. Although miles away, there was one piece of real estate that was dear to his heart, "The Home Place" in Woods, TX, originally purchased by his grandfather, where he and all his siblings were born and raised. He acquired other real estate investments near The Home Place, with an eye towards possibly moving back to that area one day.
Finally, it is in this area of The Home Place, where he shall be interred, near his twin brother, along with several generations of the Goss family.
When not working, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, music and attending family gatherings, dining out,and traveling across the country by automobile.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 61 years, daughter Melony Goss, grandson Jason Bolar and several siblings. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons Lee (Regina) and Darrell; one daughter Kimberly; seven grandchildren, Audrey Goss, Rachel Goss, Alex La Flora, Garland La Flora, Joshua (June) La Flora, Justin Spencer- Goss and Darrell Goss, Jr. and one great grandson, Joshua G. La Flora; four brothers, Joseph Goss (Mary) of California, Elijah Goss, Jr., Daniel Goss (Yvonne), Samuel (Laverne) Goss; two sisters Bobbi Goss and Verneva (Charles) White all residing in Texas; Raymond (Betty) Smith of California, and a host of relatives and friends.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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