William Ralph Goins, age 90, of Kingsport, went to be with his Lord with his family by his side on Friday, October 21, 2011.
Mr. Goins was born on July 2, 1921, in Wise County, Virginia, to the late Garvey Goins and Nanny Fields Goins. He retired from Eastman Kodak as a general foreman in the Acetate Yarn Division after 45 years of service.
He served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater as a AAA Gun Crewman and a .30 Caliber Rifleman. He received the World War II Victory Medal, The American Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with I Bronze Service Star. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Army with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Mr. Goins and his wife loved to square dance and belonged to several square dance clubs. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will truly be missed by his family.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Goins was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Goins; two sisters, Margaret Fay Phillips and Ruth Goins; and several nephews.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Liles Arbutus Goins; two daughters, Shirley Jones and husband, Bud, and Rhonda Newton; one son, Terry Goins and wife, Suzanne; three granddaughters, Kristy Christian and husband, Greg, Leslie Kestner and husband, Greg, and Kari Newton; two step grandchildren, Neal Jones and Dawn Bennett; two great-grandchildren, Alex Christian and Zack Christian; three step-grandchildren, Danielle Jones, Hannah Jones, and Brooke Bennett; one brother, Hubert Goins and wife, Ruby; two sisters, Wilma Phillips and Nina Mae Hickman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends In the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel at Oak Hill Funeral Home on Monday, October 24, 2011, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.
The funeral service will be follow at 7:00 PM with Pastor Wayne Baker officiating.
A Military Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 11:00 AM in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Military Rites will be accorded by Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10005; and The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
We are deeply grateful to so many people who have comforted and cared for Ralph during the difficult last stages of his life. His caregivers were all exceptionally kind and caring, but a very special blessing was Joanne Martin, Joanne Thompson and Michelle and her mother, who were all deeply loved by Ralph and his family. A very special thanks goes to the staff of Smoky Mountain Hospice, especially Dawn and Ben, each of whom cared for him with love and great thoughtfulness. Finally, a great debt of gratitude is given to Dr. Richard Reed, who cared for Ralph during his final battle.
The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of William Ralph Goins.
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