In Loving Memory

 The greatest gift I ever had

Came from God and I call him Dad.

 May 20, 1927 – March 9, 2020

Kenneth Goins, age 92 of Cleveland, TN, formerly of LaFollette, TN passed away at his home on March 9, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving wife, family, and the Lord Jesus Christ. He was born in LaFollette, TN.

Preceding him in death: His parents, Kelly Goins and Pearl Wylie Goins, his brothers, Harvey Goins and Ralph Goins, and his sisters, Margie Gentry, Evelyn Miller, and Juanita Estes.

His survivors include three children: Ken Goins and wife, Deborah; David Goins and wife, Bobbi; Judy Rastovsky and husband, James; Eight Grandchildren: Brenda Miracle and husband,  Steven;  Sheila Tarwater and husband, John; Derek Goins and wife, Kari; Brett Goins and wife, Amber; Jason Goins and wife, Christina; Ryan Rastovsky, Kyle Rastovsky and Megan Mouratides and husband, Nick. Eighteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sisters: Elaine Goins and Barbara Goins; and brother, Clester Goins, nieces and nephews.

A very special appreciation to friend and family physician, Obadias Marquez, M.D., of Ooltewah, Tennessee.

Kenneth served his country in the United States Marines (World War II – China). He had such a love for life and deep love for his family and friends. He was a quiet, kind man, who never knew a stranger.  However, his children knew he would always stick up for them if a situation arose. Occasionally he shared a memory, for instance: he was raised on the family farm with a couple of cows in the barn. He milked the cows by hand, showing you how it was done. He used mules to till the land for the family garden.  He said it was a hard life, but good life.  His love for the outdoors continued to grow.  As the years went by, he had beautiful, luscious gardens, and enjoyed sitting outside everyday (weather permitting) in the fresh air.

Kenneth was dearly loved by his wife, best friend, and soulmate, Betty.  They shared 69 happy years of marriage and were blessed with three children, Ken, David, and Judy.  Some of his favorite songs include: Amazing Grace, I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, Leaning on the Ever Lasting Arms, and Lord, I’m Coming Home. Memories are a blessing of the Lord. Therefore, he will live on in our hearts and minds, but will be dearly missed by all of us.

Family will receive friends 10 AM to 11 AM Thursday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with the Funeral Service at 11 AM at Cross-Smith Chapel. Interment to follow at Campbell Memorial Gardens with Military Honors by Campbell County Honor Guard.

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Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home