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Alfred George Goetz

May 1, 1934 - January 30, 2022

Alfred George Goetz, a kind and gentle man, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 1, 1934.

He is predeceased by his parents George and Christina Nau Goetz; sisters Madeline Murphy, Dolores Goetz, and Margaret Mary Eytzinger; stepson Herbert Eayres.

He is survived by his wife Trudy Puleio Goetz; children Michael Goetz (Angela), Elizabeth Higginbotham (William), Mary Goetz, Lynda Goetz, and Stephen Goetz (Teresa), stepdaughter Claudia Dempsey (David); grandchildren Tiffany, Melody, Christianna, Brian, Jesse, Sydney, Jason, Victoria, Herbert and Matthew; 5 great grandchildren; and sister Elizabeth Wunsch.

He devoted his life to prison ministry, beginning in New Jersey in 1988. After moving to Virginia, he joined Hope Aglow Ministries and served as the volunteer chaplain to Blue Ridge Jail Authority until 2019.

He served in the U.S. Army 4th Armored Div. in Goeppingen, Germany.

Services will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.



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Dear Trudy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Trudy, you and Al both hold a very special place in my heart ❤️ and I am so grateful to both of you for your service to the BRRJA during my tenure there. I will always cherish mine and Al’s conversations when he came in to minister at the Campbell County and Amherst/Appomattox facilities . He always knew just what to do and say to pick me and the staff up on some of those tough days! He will be greatly missed by many, but we know he is in a truly awesome place, looking down on us! May God grant you and your family comfort and peace in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Karen and Sprue Craig

Posted by Karen Craig on February 5, 2022

Trudy, my sincere sympathy to you and your family on Al's passing. You both became very dear friends when I worked at BRRJA. Al's smile, laugh and quick wit were a special part of my day when he stopped by the office. I am thankful for the opportunity to meet you both through your ministry at the jail. Thank you both for the gift of friendship you gave and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Dalphine Waller on February 4, 2022

We were saddened to hear of Al’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind, and godly man. Many fond memories of him and Trudy. Thankful for the promise of heaven. You are in our prayers.

Posted by Tommy & Joann Willis on February 3, 2022

Trudy and family, so sorry to read about Al's death. I enjoyed the years that I knew you both from BRRJA. Al was truly a wonderful person giving a gift from God to be able to convey God's love to so many in the system. He was always smiling. One day, I really had him smiling as Trudy left the jail a few minutes before Al and he came out the door on a run to catch her. I made a comment to him that this was the first time I had ever seen an old man chase his wife. He burst out with a big laugh and told me "I think that's the first time I have been called an old man. Trudy, loved my time with both of you and sending prayers that God will give you the comfort you need as only he can do.

Posted by Eleanor Johnson on February 3, 2022

Trudy, It was my privilege to have known Al. I always appreciated you and Al's dedication and sincere desire to use your faith for good. My sincerest condolences to you Trudy and your family on Al's passing. I'm sure the entire Blue Ridge Jail Authority family feels the same. Chris Webb

Posted by CHRIS R WEBB on February 3, 2022

Trudy , I am so sorry to of your loss of Al . I feel blessed to have known such a sweet and kind man . He was always willing to help any one . Please know I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers . Sending love , hugs and my deepest sympathy to you Debbie Higginbotham

Posted by Debbie Higginbotham on February 1, 2022

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