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Ronnie ‘Goose’ Elkins (11-09-2017)
Ro n n i e L a n e
“Goose” Elkins was
Born April 6, 1938, and
passed into Heaven
October 24, 2017, in the
privacy of his home
surrounded by family
who loved him.
Vi s i t a t ion was
from 5-8 p.m. on Friday
October 27, 2017,
at Mt. Union Baptist
Church, in Spearsville.
Services followed at 10
a.m. on Saturday, October
28, 2017, with reverends
Marcel McGee, Marty
Black and James Miller
followed at the church cemetery.
From his early years, Goose was an avid and agile
athlete who loved basketball and baseball and could
jump “out of the gym” in his day. He continued to play
ball until his early 50s and loved teaching the game to
younger folks who’d “listen.” He was never too busy to
open the gym for some pick-up games after work or on
the weekends. He loved going to ball games and watching
all of the kids progress in their respective sport.
He loved practical jokes and pushing buttons. He
was always one to help anyone his community. Nothing
gave him greater satisfaction than helping others.
Whether it was planting a garden and sharing the
food he grew with everyone around or checking on
someone when they were sick, he loved making others
feel loved. Watermelons were what he was most proud
of inside his garden. He always knew how to grow a
sweet melon and was never too busy to drop one off
to someone he cared about just to help brighten their
day. If he thought enough of you, you might even get
a “crow-pecked melon” to brighten your day.
Nothing showed his love for taking care of others
more than the way he took care of his mother. After
losing his Father to Cancer at a young age, he honored
his Fathers’ request that he made sure his Mother was
taken care of, living right beside her for over 50 years,
until her passing at 99 years of age. He did what God
directs by honoring his Father and Mother. After God,
family was his number one priority.
He was a loving father and grandfather to “his
boys,” seldom missing any event they had going on in
their lives. From ball games to school events to ribbon
cuttings, he made time to always be there. He was always
an avid supporter. He chose to be involved and
represent what a Dad should be to his family.
You’d never hear him say a bad word about another
human being. He had a host of friends over the years
who he always attempted to stay in touch with. He
cherished a visit with anyone who had the time to
sit for a spell and talk things over. His love for gospel
singing was great and he always kept it going in the
car anytime he rode somewhere. He said it was a small
piece of Heaven when he listened to it.
He will be sorely missed by all who have been
touched in some way by him.
He is preceded in death by: His Father and Mother,
Toy and Lois Elkins. Left to Cherish his memory are:
His spouse of almost 51 years, Betty Elkins; one son
Stan Elkins and wife Sheryl; two grandsons – Triston
and Canyon Elkins who were his life. All reside in
Spearsville. He is also survived by an adopted grandson,
Stefano Merlo of Moncalieri, Italy; as well as a
host of other family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Eddie Albritton, Wess
Bowen, Mike Clark, Marvin Collins, Brian Elkins,
Daniel Elkins, Jay Evans, Brian Harris, and Gerald
Moring.Honorary pallbearers were Welby Ward, Tom
Elkins, Hez Elkins, Bobby Elkins, Frankie Bennett,
Boyce Elkins, Gerry Lane Courtney, R.V. Lockwood,
Charlie Futch, Dale Rockett, Mike Holley, Joe Preaus,
Triston Elkins, Canyon Elkins, and Lapase Wells.
A special thanks to Dr. Brian Harris who took great
care of Goose. Many thanks also to Jennifer Thomas
and the staff of Professional Hospice Care for their
prompt attention to his care. Thanks to the doctors
and staff of Glenwood and Reeves Memorial Staff for
great care as well.