The "Greatest Generation" Lost Another One Today.

Discussion in 'Countryside Families' started by Boleyz, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Boleyz

    Boleyz Prognosticator, Artist

    Sep 7, 2004
    Walter Goins Jr. age 83 passed away this morning.

    "Jr." as he was known was a combat veteran of WW2 and fought in Germany where he was wounded.

    After the war, he came home and married his wife, Geneva, and they had 6 children.

    Jr. worked for over 50 years at a local retailer as the "Maytag Repairman". He installed most of the appliances in most of the older homes in this county.

    He helped build the Lyttleton Baptist Church (my church) and was a charter member, and deacon there for the the last 45 years. He and his wife were married for 60 years.

    All of their children work and attend church, just as they learned from their youth up.

    Jr. was a quiet man who never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He's been pretty sick for the last year, and suffered horribly for the last month.

    Even in suffering, he exemplified the character he'd always shown.

    Jr. was just a quiet, simple, Christian, working-class man. A member of what's been called America's "Greatest Generation".

    His name won't be on CNN and his passing won't be noticed by anyone except the local populace, but in my mind, he was a giant although barely 5'8".

    He was a giant in his Character, Loyalty, Honesty, Marriage and Consistency. He was the same guy every time you met him, and his death didn't reveal any unexpected flaws. I loved him. He was my friend and my example.

    We're losing people like him at a much higher rate than we're replacing them. I fear for our future.

    I just wanted to share.
  2. Janette

    Janette Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2003
    May I share a poem I read recently? :) I'm sorry, I do not know who wrote it.

    God's Hall of Fame

    Your name may not appear down here
    In this world's Hall of Fame;
    In fact you may be so unknown
    That no one knows your name
    The oscars here may pass you by
    And neon lights of blue;
    But if you love and serve the Lord,
    Then, I have news for you!

    This Hall of Fame is only good
    As long as time shall be;
    But keep in mind, God's Hall of Fame
    Is for Eternity!
    To have your name inscibed up there
    Is greater, yes, by far;
    Than all the Halls of Fame down here,
    and every man-made star.

    This crowd on earth they soon forget
    The heroes of the past,
    They cheer like mad until you fall
    And that's how long you last!
    But God, He never does forget,
    And in His Hall of Fame,
    By just believing in His son,
    Inscribed you'll find your name.

    I tell you, friend, I wouldn't trade
    My name, however small,
    That's written there beyond the stars
    In that celestial Hall,
    For every famous name on earth
    Or glory that they share;
    I'd rather be an unknown here,
    And have my name up there!

  3. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

    Sep 16, 2005
    AR (ozarks)
    Sorry to hear that boyleyz they are indeed precious and are not being replaced.
  4. crashy

    crashy chickaholic goddess

    Dec 9, 2004
  5. Wildwood Flower

    Wildwood Flower Halfway, OR & Wagoner, OK

    Aug 26, 2006
    I live in Oregon part time, and Oklahoma part time
    Thank you for sharing about your friend. I too mourn the loss of so many of "The Greatest Generation". My Dad is one of them too. He too is barely 5'8" tall but he's a giant in my mind.

    His days are also numbered now, we cherish them all.
  6. heather

    heather Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2002
    western PA
    Thanks for sharing -

    We recently lost a member of the Greatest Generation in our community.
    His name was Harry "Chicken" Sanders.
    He was a physically small man, but always gave of his time and his smile to others.

    I've known him for over a decade, but what a shame that I didn't ever know he was in WWII until I read his obituary in the paper.........he was decorated with several medals, yet he did not shout it out - he lived it out, much like your "Jr" did it sounds like.
  7. JanS

    JanS Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2002
    Beautiful SW PA
    Thank you Mr. Goins and Mr. Sanders for serving our country. I'm only sorry I didn't have the chance to say that to both of you in person.