Larry M. Goins

September 7, 1955July 19, 2020
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Larry M. Goins, age 64, passed away after a short battle with aggressive cancer on July 19, 2020. His family was surrounding him as he took his last breath.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Major and Myrtle Goins, great nieces and nephew, Amanda, Krystil, and Erik Conry, his best friend, Lewis VanHooser, and his beloved dog, Sandy, that his daughter surprised him with one Father’s Day and has the honor of being buried with him.

Larry was the ultimate fixer upper. He knew how to troubleshoot anything from chainsaws to cars to houses. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t try to fix, and succeed at, including his daughter’s wild out-of-the-box design ideas. He was a dog sitter/spoiler extraordinaire. He was incredibly witty, sarcastic, frugal, and smart even though he didn’t hold a college degree. He retired from a successful career with TVA after 31 years. His daughter followed in his footsteps and became an employee of TVA as well. Her work anniversary date just so happened to fall on his birthday. She even worked as an operator like he did, in the same building that he did, where she saw her first color computer.

Dad leaves behind unfinished 1960-something mustangs (mostly in parts) because he was too busy helping others to finish his dream car. He also leaves behind his partner of nine years, Ginger; his son, David (Kathryn) Goins and their kids, Jayden and Tabitha who were the best little “nurses” one could ask for; his favorite daughter, Amber (Ben) Goins; his grand dogs, Oliver, Jasper and Yogi Bear, and his sisters, Katherine Mansfield, and Teresia Lane. He also leaves behind two nieces, Kathie (Mike) Conry and Karen (Lamar) Robinson and a favorite nephew, Tim (Korin) Mansfield. He leaves behind many, many cousins, work friends, and other friends as well.

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes much more to care for a loved one at the end of their days. We are especially thankful for Hearth Hospice for their help in his final days, especially his nurse, Deborah, who went above and beyond her call of duty; Larry’s nephew, Tim Mansfield; Ben Schweighart, Ginger Phillips, and Kathryn Goins. Numerous friends and family helped provide support when we needed it most, especially those favorite no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies that Karen would bake for him and delicious meals provided by other friends and family.

His life was cut way too short and we will all smile when we think of our memories with Larry. His witty smart-ass remarks and his willingness to help anyone will forever be appreciated long after his time.

Larry will be sorely missed by many. How anyone knows that much stuff about that many things will forever be a mystery. He was someone who is willing to help anyone at any time. He loved to teach anyone who wanted to listen. He also loved to lecture and argue with you (i.e. his daughter).

Please join us as we receive friends and tell his children (appropriate) stories about Larry from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, July 27, 2020 in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Join us in celebrating his life at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 27, 2020 in the funeral home with Alan Johnston, a lifelong friend of Larry officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Mansfield, David Goins, Ben Schweighart, and Phillip and Lamar Robinson.

A private burial will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military rites being conducted.

We respectfully request that social distancing, wearing masks, and all CDC measures be adhered to at the funeral home and the cemetery.

Donations may be made to any reputable animal rescue or to his daughter (just a little humor there), who pretty much runs the same operation by picking up all stray dogs (see: Sandy above). Bottles of wine are also acceptable donations.

This obituary was written by his daughter, Amber, and in her time of grief, tried to find some humor to honor her dad, who wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, July 27, 2020


Larry M. Goins

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Elaine Rosenberry

July 29, 2020

We are Larry's neighbors on Bearden. We just heard today of his passing and not only were we shocked but so very saddened. My husband and Larry talked many times on our road and how to improve it.
I remember when he called me last year telling me his dog passed away and he was crying. My heart broke for him and I tried to encourage as much as I could but I know the loss of a furbaby and its never easy. We will miss him greatly. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Richard and Elaine Rosenberry

Lester Ashby

July 27, 2020

First, let me say that I am so sad to hear this, just so sad that I got the news of Larry passing. I worked with Larry, Lewis and Chris Goodwin at Kingston TVA. Operations of a generation plant, specially an old one is sometimes hard to deal with. I got mad many times at work...I worked with Larry for years and never one time did I ever see him mad, flustered. or discussed with the just wasn't his way of life. He was the coolest guy I ever knew. If you needed help he would help you and if you needed a friend to talk to he listened. He was always able to fix or help fix anything. He built many houses and homes....WOW I wish I had a tenth of his talent. The last time I got to see him he came to kingston plant and came to visit with me at my water treatment plant. we were going to get together someday during our retirement days. Life cut that short, but I know God needed an angel like LARRY to help with HIS plan. I will close this by saying I am so sorry for your/our/everyone's loss of this wonderful young man. RIP my brother, you worked wonderful things in your short time.

Al Selvidge

July 27, 2020

I will miss my Buddy. We got back with each other a couple of years ago. Met Larry in school. Always like the way back then, He was. Watched him play ball. He was friends with my neighbors years ago. My Prayers are with all of His family in this time of Loss. I will miss the " Hey Buddy". When I would call..... We were both Ford guys at heart...... But He would offer help with me and my Chevy...... RIP, Buddy........

Robert & Kathy Neal

July 26, 2020

Amber, David and Family.

Kathy and I are so sorry about the loss of Larry. He was the best friend anyone could ever have. He would help you with anything you needed and do it with out being asked. I had a lot of years and countless hours laughing and doing things with my best friend. He will be missed dayly. Amber and David you were very fortunate to have had him as your father. Wishing both of you peace and the comfort of God. Robert and Kathy Neal.

Keith and Joyce Conrad

July 25, 2020

Amber and David as well as the entire Goins Family,

We are so heartbroken over the passing of Larry. Larry is our daughter’s father-in-law and Papaw G to our granddaughters, Jayden and Tabitha. Larry gained our respect and love over the years as he visited WV to see David, Kathy, and family. We also worked on remodeling projects together. Larry truly cared for his family and loved his granddaughters with all of his heart. Keeping in touch through Facebook and messenger, we would laugh at his witty remarks and put our heads together to answer his riddles, puzzles, or ‘Can you name this?’ old tool or car part picture. At times, the messages/discussions would be of more serious content, as we pondered what the future would hold for our kids and grandkids. Our lives have been greatly enriched by knowing Larry. May he rest in peace.

* The picture is of Larry and Jayden walking the hospital hallways awaiting the birth of Tabitha.

Ulyana Elliott

July 24, 2020

Dear Amber and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. It is never easy to loose someone you deeply love. I am thinking of you and praying for God's comfort and peace.

Erica and Samuel Schweighart

July 23, 2020

We felt like we knew Larry very well even though we did not -- through Amber's wonderful stories of his resourcefulness and kindness, and his enthusiasm for all of Amber's projects. We are saddened by his passing, and thinking of all his family.

pat edwards

July 23, 2020

Dear Amber and family,
It's never easy losing someone you love, especially when you know the end is near. Amber, we were so touched by your earnest words of love, affection and gratitude for your dad. Please know how much we care about you and your family--and always will--especially during these days of sorrow. They say you can tell the measure of a man by the way he is thought of by his family and friends. Your beautiful tribute to your father is testimony to the life he lived and the lives he touched. So very glad we got to meet him on a couple of occasions. He emitted warmth and kindness to our family during our brief encounters. RIP Larry M. Goins
Pat, Tom, Sheri and John Edwards

Sheliah Rivers

July 23, 2020

I was sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. I was a classmate of Larry's at Ooltewah High School. May God continue to strengthen and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Sheliah Johnson Rivers

Emilie Van Horn (Brant)

July 23, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear Larry
'Shuffle off this mortal coil'.
I’ve known him since the late 70’s,
in the van & CB days. Back then
he was a lanky, dark-haired guy,
known as Rice Paddy Daddy, (RPD).
I believe he also thought he was
“God’s gift to women”, at that time in life.
He was the ultimate “smart-ass”,
and I think if Maxine had a
male counterpart it would be Larry.
Prayers and virtual hugs
to his family and friends,
he will be sorely missed.


Dad's TVA saoftball team


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