Elbert Eugene Goins Jr.
July 23, 1927 – May 30, 2019
GOINS Elbert Eugene (“Gene”) Goins, Jr., 91, died peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2019, surrounded by his loving and devoted children. Member of Holy Name Catholic Church. Proceeded in death by his loving wife, Anna Magdalene Cleboski Goins, his parents, Elbert Eugene Goins Sr. and Isabel Standly Goins, sisters, Elberta Goins Coulter and Virginia Goins Usher, son, Timothy Goins, granddaughter, Margaret Goins, and great grandson, Jack. Survived by: sons, Michael Goins and wife, Mary, Houston, Larry Goins, Austin, Christopher Goins, Houston, daughter, Mariana Goins, son, Denis Goins, daughter, Angela Mia Goins, all of Houston; seven grandchildren (Sarah, Karen, Erin, David, Patrick, Eric and Stephen), seven great-grandchildren (Charlie, Emily, Elisa, Jeremiah, Samuel, Holden and Aiden) brother-in-law, Richard Baker, sister-in-law, Myrtle Cleboski, all of Houston as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Navy veteran, “Gene” was a man of deep faith in God, spoke the truth, modeled integrity, and he had great love for his wife and family. He was a true gentleman and was always doing something for his family, friends and others. He loved the simple pleasures of life with his family such as going to church and lectoring, taking the Eucharist to home-bound church members for over 20 years, camping, EATING (he never met a meal that he did not enjoy), going to Galveston on Sunday afternoons with the family, walking the beach, line-dancing, participating and leading activities in Senior Senate and the Third Age Learning Center for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for years. He led and participated in local civic groups including BOND on the Near Northside for many years to impact positive change by confronting injustice. Visitation will be at Holy Name Catholic Church, 1917 Cochran St., Houston 77009 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM with Parish Rosary at 6:00 PM, Monday, June 3, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name is at10:00 AM Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with Rev. Stephen B. Reynolds celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the grandsons, great grandson, and grandson-in-laws. In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or favorite charity. Special thanks to Dr. Carmel Dyer with UT Physicians who guided Gene’s medical care lovingly and compassionately for over 10 years, Pastor, Rev. Anil Thomas and Jesse Cobian of Holy Name for their generosity of heart and love in his time of need, the Holy Name Parish Community for their love and support over the years and the staff of A-Med Hospice and all those who were a part of the beautiful journey which was “Gene’s” life. He will be forever in our hearts walking beside us gently leading us along the right path.
- Elbert Eugene (“Gene”) Goins, Jr., 91, died peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2019, surrounded by his loving and devoted children. Member of Holy Name Catholic Church. Proceeded in death by his loving wife, Anna Magdalene Cleboski Goins, his parents, Elbert Eugene Goins Sr. and Isabel Standly Goins, sisters, Elberta Goins Coulter and Virginia Goins Usher, son, Timothy Goins, granddaughter, Margaret Goins, and great grandson, Jack. Survived by: sons, Michael Goins and wife, Mary, Houston, Larry Goins, Austin, Christopher Goins, Houston, daughter, Mariana Goins, son, Denis Goins, daughter, Angela Mia Goins, all of Houston; seven grandchildren (Sarah, Karen, Erin, David, Patrick, Eric and Stephen), seven great-grandchildren (Charlie, Emily, Elisa, Jeremiah, Samuel, Holden and Aiden) brother-in-law, Richard Baker, sister-in-law, Myrtle Cleboski, all of Houston as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
- Visitation with the Family Monday, June 3, 2019
- Parish Rosary Monday, June 3, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 4, 2019
- Interment to follwow Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Elbert Eugene Goins Jr.
June 15, 2019
In my formative years my father was always a stalwart assurance that my mother, my siblings and myself were fed, clothed, and that we had a roof over our heads. He made extreme sacrifices to provide us with the foundations of a parochial education. He was our own Wikipedia resource long before the advent of cyberspace and the information age. He was finely attuned to the many splendored mysteries of the complex human spirit. Even his most casual conversations with us were subtle adages of sagacious advice and wisdom. He taught us right from wrong and why there was indeed a difference. His moral principles and ethics guided us into becoming the people we are today. He was our family’s beacon on stormy nights and he unassumingly reveled in his progeny with unconditional love. He was own personal unsung hero. I will spend my own remaining days on this earthly plane continually trying to emulate the legacy that he has left behind.
And the road
The old man paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just goodbye for now
Man of the Hour
June 6, 2019
When I was much younger, I remember a particular Sunday night and not wanting to face yet another Monday. I was talking with Dad and asked him, "How do you face it, over and over again, week in, week out"...He told me, "Child, tomorrow is full of the unexpected and unexplored possibilities of life. You may not even wake up tomorrow...but if you do, thank God that you've opened your eyes to a brand new day. You'll never know what is possible unless you allow yourself the discovery of each new day that God gives us to experience". Pretty philosophical answer for a query that I thought would end with, "brush your teeth and go to bed". But from his gentle and thoughtful musing, I've carried this one peaceful moment throughout my whole life. It has been a road map to guide me through all the Monday's since.
Dad...you were a gentle man of great strength tempered with kindness, my hero. The "farm boy" who read Shakespeare in the hayloft. You gave me the gift of wonder. I remember you're having told me you had been haunted by James Hilton's vision of paradise and had spent years searching for your own Shangri-La. But that you finally realised that what you had sought for so long, you had already found with us...Mom and your children. That Shangri-La isn't so much a place as it is the reality that each of us creates for ourselves.
I love you Dad! I will cherish your wisdom and will miss our hugs. Enjoy your much deserved reward in Heaven with Mom and Timmy. Please put in a good word for me up there.
Honored to be your son, Denis
June 2, 2019
I knew Mr. Goins and his family from my Holy Name School and Church days. He was one of those men you do not forget his smile, warmth, kindness, and sweetness. You know he was a good man because he and his wife raised a beautiful loving family. They are his wonderful legacy. I will miss his sweet smile, demeanor, and his beautiful blue eyes. He was such a good example of a father , husband and if that wasn't enough a great community leader. God has him in his arms now but I know he will watching over his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren every day. God Bless you Mr. Goins, I am a blessed person to have known you.
June 1, 2019
When the world had me feeling beaten, you were my safe harbor, lifting me up and encouraging me. Any time you'd see me cry, you'd rush to comfort me. You taught me to be a woman of God, taught me compassion for God's Kingdom, helped us feed and medicate the rescues we'd bring home, made food baskets for families needing assistance, lead the pack helping save our community from crime and injustice, brought the Eucharist to people who were unable to go to mass, mended broken household goods with duct tact and the sweat of your brow, took over maternal duties when Mommy went to Heaven, even though you were hurting too, gave your children strength and encouragement to reach their goals, danced to any and all kinds of music, enjoyed great company and food con gusto...Our parental and child roles shifted in your later years, but it became our great honor to care for the one who cared for us in our vulnerability. Even in your fragility, you were teaching us strength; the strength that comes from great love. I love you Daddy, forever. Your Daughter, Mariana
June 1, 2019
Daddy, it has only been three days since you made your trip to heaven, but I miss you so much. I was very proud to be your daughter and I know Daddy that you are with Mommy and Timmy enjoying the heavenly banquet. Don't forget me...please guide and protect me from above. I will miss getting you up in the mornings and making you breakfast, giving you your medications and helping you start the new day. I will miss how I played your favorite Big Band tunes and your beautiful blue eyes and smile when I tried to make you laugh. Eyes have not seen and ears have not heard what God has in store for those that love Him. Daddy enjoy your well deserved eternity. Love your daughter....Angela Mia.