Gary South • January 4, 2020

Gary South, age 62 of Pensacola, Florida died January 4, 2020. Visitation will be from 10-11AM Friday, January 10, 2020 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home followed by a service starting at 11AM.

Gary was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on February 28, 1957. He enjoyed serving alongside his MFV brothers and sisters at the homeless feed, watching the Gators and Saints football, Cardinal baseball, fishing, eating crawfish, playing corn hole and spending time with family. He is loved by so many people across the world from Japan, Iraq, Illinois, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and especially the place he called home, Pensacola. Gary touched so many lives and will be remembered for his warm heart, infectious laugh, smile, sense of humor, shenanigans, pranks, and most of all a loving father, brother, son, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his father and step mother Bud and Phyllis South. He was survived by parents, Donna and Robert Moggio; daughters, Christy South Nall, Ashley South, Amy Lee and Mizuho Momose; sister, Sharolyn Short (Blaine) and brother, Robert Barnett (Rachel).

The family would like to thank Pastor Wes and the staff at MFV and all of his friends for reaching out.

Those desiring can make donations to “Taking it to the streets ministry” at

  1. Molly A Rains says:

    Gary was one of the first people I met when my husband Ernie and I first attended MFV. His welcoming smile and gentle acceptance spoke volumes about his character and love for Jesus Christ. I cherish every moment serving with Gary at the MFV Taking it to the Streets monthly luncheons. I will miss his excitement when I would bring him homemade ChowChow or Spicy Pickles. He is surely missed by all who knew him. Rest in the peace of Jesus dear friend.

  2. Connie Isham says:

    I always smile when I remember my high school years with Gary. He was funny and kind. He taught me to ALWAYS pour milk over a piece of cake before you eat it to make it better. I still do that to this day. He will be greatly missed. My love and thoughts are with you all.

  3. Chris Zitt says:

    Gary you were one of a kind! Being Dans best friend all thru grade school and then your little get together at your house brought Dan and I together…45 years later we have you to thank! You were the best ‘Best man’ ever and we are so honored to call you our friend..we will miss you so much but know that we will meet again. No more suffering or pain as you are healed and with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
    Dan & Christine Zitt

  4. Sherry “Matheny” Koutsoubos says:

    Gary touched many lives with being the person he was to everyone he met. His kindness, that wonderful smile, and for his humor. Once you met him he was hard to forget. Rest In Heavenly Peace, Gary.

  5. Vickie Rodgers says:

    Gary was a wonderful person and high school friend. The Roxana Class of 1975 will not be the same without him. I remember Gary from skating at the skating rink in Bethalto where he had many girls wishing for an invitation to slow skate with him! Prayers for your family!

  6. Sandy Overbey-Giddeon says:

    From high school years to the move to Pensacola and his carpet cleaning business To see him become a father and the love of his children and grandchildren .
    He became a presence that will be greatly missed

  7. Patricia Leonberger-Hooper says:

    My beloved Cousin Gary Eugene South. Gary knows that he is in heaven today only because of what his Savior Jesus Christ did on the Cross some 2,000 years ago. His family weeps his passing, but not like those that have no hope, as we believe that his last breath on earth ushered him into God’s Glory for ever.
    An awesome man and I will miss the comfort he could give with such ease. Mostly I will miss him.

  8. Rohland Freshour says:

    I remember the day you moved into the neighborhood in Rosewood Heights, Illinois. I think we were six or seven and became great friends that day and stayed close the next 15 years until he moved to Florida. The next years we got busy working and raising our families. Over the last four years we reconnected and reminisced about the days growing up. At my bachelors party out by a lake Gary and I got in a row boat after dark and somehow lost the oars we just laughed and laughed. After a time we started yelling for help, Pat Nooner heard us, we yelled “were in the lake” (not were in a boat in the lake) Pat thought we were drowning. So he jumped in his VW bug and took off around the lake through the brush and trees where he hit a big tree. Somehow we got out and all laid on the bank laughing and hugging that none of us had been hurt. I will miss you my great friend.

  9. Patrick Nooner says:

    Hard to say anything, can’t quite grasp you are gone. College football will never be the same.Camping, work, visiting, I enjoyed our in-fun arguments and complaining you old man. So glad I made it up there Sunday before you crossed over. Hope faded, but a promise bloomed. You will be sorely missed my old friend. Until we meet again in the New Jerusalem .

  10. David Livingston says:

    I will always remember Gary. Playing football in a section of land that was cleared by a friend that had a brush hog. Once Gary got ahold of the ball it was harder than heck to catch him. All thes spin moves , speed and such. When we went hunting he knew of a place north of Meadowbrook. A friend of his grandfathers. We had a lot of good times. His smile was awesome. A true friend. I wish I would have stayed in closer contact. I will never forget him. May you be at peace brother.

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