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.