Raymond Eugene “Gene” Goins, 83, of Fort Smith, died February 12, 2012 in Fort Smith. He was born August 4th, 1928 the youngest of nine children along with twin sister Alyene, in Hackett, AR to Marshall and Amy Nita Fowler Goins. He was the Founder of Goins Statewide Furniture, Inc which fulfilled his love of the furniture business, and his dream of owning and successfully operating his own store for thirty-eight years, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Smith. “Gene loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years a quail hunt on Thanksgiving morning was a family tradition.” In later years he really enjoyed annual fishing trips with his sons to the remote mountain lakes of Western Mexico and the rivers of the Amazon Basin in Brazil.” He was one of those rare people who was truly happy in life, but above all else, Gene loved his family and cherished the occasions when they were together.
He is survived by his wife Jo Ann of the Home; one daughter, Ruth A. Brewer and husband Hugh Rice Brewer, Sr. of Fort Smith; two sons, Randall W. and Janie Wenderoth Goins of Fort Smith and Richard A. and wife Dana Goins of Fort Smith; one sister, Alyene Gasaway of Prescott, AZ; and eight grandchildren, R. Trenton Goins and wife Megan of Fort Smith, Aimee Goins Miskov and husband Jonathan M. Miskov and their daughter Madison of St. Louis, MO., Ryan A. Goins of Dallas, TX., Taylor P. Goins of Kansas City, MO., Robert E. Goins of Fayetteville, AR., Emily C. Goins of Fayetteville, AR., Leigh Allison Stidham and husband Tim of Fayetteville, AR., and Hugh Rice Brewer, Jr., of Fayetteville, AR; and daughter in law, Catherine McCann Goins. He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald E. Goins.
Memorial service will be Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Edwards Funeral Chapel. Private burial will be in the Oak Cemetery all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Randall W. Goins, Richard A. Goins, Randall T. Goins, Ryan A. Goins, Robert E. Goins, and Hugh Rice Brewer, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers will be employees of Goins Statewide Furniture.
The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 5-7 PM.
Memorials may be made to the Reynolds Cancer Support House 3324 South “M” Street Fort Smith, AR 72903 or Mercy Hospice 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903
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