Born May 8, 1943, in Crab Orchard, West Virginia, Ronald was the son of Ralph and Ruby Goss. Following graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School, he attended Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry. A lifelong learner, he then attended Cincinnati Christian University and earned two Masters degrees in History and Ministry. He did doctorate studies at Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary) in Johnson City, TN. A faithful and committed servant, his death concludes 54 years of ministry in the Christian Church. He served congregations in West Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. He served as a Chaplain for Mountain States Health Alliance in TN for 17 years. As a Chaplain, he taught Clinical Pastoral Education classes at Franklin Woods Community Hospital for Emmanuel School of Religion. He was a concise writer and published articles in various religious publications.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, June Tolbert Goss, his son, Jonathan (Susan) of Harrisonburg, VA, and daughter, Julee (Matthew) of Carrollton, GA; five beloved grandchildren: Meredith, Caleb, and Jenna Goss, and Catherine and Lauren Gray; brothers, Robert (Terry) of Venice, FL, and David (Patty) of Beckley, WV. Two brothers preceded him in death: Ralph Goss, Jr., and George Goss. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 07, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Miller Academy Christian Church, 1855 Miller Academy Road, Bremen, GA, 30110, with Jonathan Goss and Matthew Gray officiating. Honorary pall bearers will be the men at Miller Academy Christian Church. Friends are requested to gather at the church at 12 noon for visitation and fellowship prior to the service.
A graveside service will take place at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Oak Grove Christian Church, 273 Oak Grove Road, Beckley, WV, 25801. Friends are requested to gather at Oak Grove Christian Church at 12 noon for visitation and fellowship prior to the service. Messages of condolences can be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com.