Samuel "Sam" Sutherland Goza

Samuel "Sam" Sutherland Goza


Samuel "Sam" Sutherland Goza, 58, of Canton, MS was called to his eternal home to be with the Lord on December 14, 2021. 

A celebration of life was held December 21, 2021 at First United Methodist Church, Canton, MS.  Interment followed in Canton City Cemetery. Sam was born on April 17, 1963 in Canton, MS to the Honorable Robert Goza and Beverly Goza. 

Sam was a lifelong resident of Canton, MS. Sam graduated from Canton Academy in 1981 and furthered his education at Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Finance degree. He continued his education at the University of Mississippi School of Law and received a juris doctorate in Law in December of 1994. He graduated in the top 25% of his law school class and served on the Prestigious Law Journal. After law school, he returned home to Canton, MS and practiced law at Montgomery Smith-Vaniz and later worked at Copeland, Cook, Taylor, and Bush. 

He eventually opened his own law firm, The Goza Law Firm, in Canton, MS. He was also a partner in Tyner, Goza, Stacey, and Martin. Sam was a former Canton Chamber of Commerce member, Canton Elks Lodge member, and Country Club of Canton board member. 

He was preceded in death by his father, the Honorable Robert Goza. 

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Michelle Davis Goza of Canton; sons, Cole (Allie) Goza of Gluckstadt, MS. and Drew Goza; mother, Beverly Goza of Canton, MS; sisters, Diane Goza of Dallas, TX and Kathryn Irving of Canton, MS; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be made to Canton Academy and First United Methodist Church.

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