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Roy Goins January 21, 2024

     Roy Edward Goins, Jr., age 88, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024 in Riberas Del Pilar, Mexico. He was born March 30, 1935 in Bruner, Missouri the son of Roy E. and Blanche (Rogers) Goins. On July 31, 1953 he was united in marriage to Connie Smith in Pekin, Illinois.

Roy is survived by two sons, Eddie Goins and wife Sherry of Sparta, Daryl Goins of Sparta; four daughters, Pam Hawkins and husband Buddy of Bruner, Kim Rowland and husband Richard of Bruner, Jodi Lilly of Ozark and Angie Berry and husband Rich of Catoosa, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Toni, Mandi, Jenni, Lance, Derrick, Kristin, Jessica, Kyle, Jacki, Jewell, Jonnie, Jennifer, Paul, Jason, Jami, Ryan, Amariah, and Robbie, 21 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; a sister Juanita Roller and husband Rex Phillips of Rogersville, Missouri and a brother George Goins and wife Janet of Hardy, Arkansas. Roy was preceded in death by his wife Connie, his parents, two brothers, Harvey Goins and James (Jim) Goins, and a grandson Darrin Lane Hawkins.

Our dad was married to his high school sweetheart, Connie, for 67 years and 5 months, until she passed away December 31, 2020. Roy had a passion for traveling, he and Connie traveled all over together. Almost 30 years ago they traveled to Ajijic, Mexico, a little village outside of Guadalajara, and fell in love with the beautiful scenery, warm climate, friendly people, and of course, everything is less expensive in Mexico. All of these things resonated with his zest for life, exploring new places and his frugality. He loved getting an inexpensive haircut or shoeshine. On one of his first visits, he befriended Jose and MariaElena and they soon became like family. From that time on, Roy and Connie would spend their winters living in the warmth and beauty of Mexico.

If you ever asked our dad for help with something, he never said no. Roy loved to pass on his knowledge and was a firm believer of teaching you as you did it together. Roy had a desire for others to learn how to do things and loved spending time teaching them how. He invested in others in this way. If you knew our dad for any amount of time, you knew that he was very frugal, but he lived a rich and happy life. Roy loved to laugh and have fun. He enjoyed people and loved to laugh with them enjoying life. He wasn’t above playing a little prank on people from time to time as well.

Roy was a deacon and superintendent at the Bruner Baptist Church for many years and taught Sunday school classes. He did many projects for the church, including making the pews, the pulpit, the altar, helped renovate the kitchen and many other improvements at the building.

Roy had a special interest in the community and the education of our children. He served on the Sparta R-III School Board of Education for 18 years.

Our dad was a hard worker from the time he was big enough to help his parents with chores. In his adult life he worked for many years in Springfield but spent the biggest part of his life working in residential construction and cabinet building. He built houses and installed cabinets all over southwest Missouri as well as in Illinois, Oklahoma and Louisiana for family members. Roy recently built a new house for himself. He did a lot of the work himself, and what he didn’t do, he supervised.

His family remembers him as being loving, faithful and generous, being quiet but having infinite wisdom when he talked. He was faithful (steadfast and unwavering) to his God, his family, and his work. He was dearly loved and will be missed by so many.

The funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 2, 2024 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Alan Maggard officiating. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, Missouri. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, February 1, 2024 in the funeral home.. Memorial contributions may be made to Bruner Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Susie Lafferty-Sisco says

    I am so sorry for you all and I will pray for comfort and peace that only God Himself can give. Thank God we have His Promise of eternal life to those that accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. This isn’t goodby if you have Jesus in your heart. Roy was a very good man, but more than that, he was a child of God that shone bright by his testimony. He is there now with Jesus and Connie and I just imagine he’s catching up with other friends and loved ones gone on before him. I can just see him talking with the prophets of old, the disciples, and the absolute best is conversing with Jesus. May God Bless you during this heart-breaking time.

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    Connie & Loyd Todd says

    We’re so very sorry to learn of Roy’s passing, but we rejoice that he’s reunited with loved ones and already enjoying his Heavenly rewards. We enjoyed every encounter and conversation with Roy and look forward to seeing him again, someday. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We ask God to grant you strength, comfort, and peace as you say your temporary goodbyes.

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    A family of faith. Roy was a strong family man that taught by his actions. Just seeing him in church every Sunday and in same pew. Roy would remain silent but we always knew his actions were stronger My life is stronger after knowing this family. Thank GOD for knowing ROY and family GODS blessings to you all

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    Penny Goins says

    Sorry for your loss. Jerry always enjoyed it when his double cousins came to visit us in Illinois. Roy and Connie will be missed. Thinking of you all. God Bess you.

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      Eddie Goins says

      Thank you, Penny, for thinking of our family in a difficult time. He was proud to always mention his double cousins!

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    Rod & Jan Robison says

    Thoughts and prayers for the family

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      Eddie Goins says

      Thank you for thinking of our family in a difficult time.

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