BEECH CREEK, W.Va. — Gary David Goad of Beech Creek departed this life Wed., April 16, 2014, at Huntington Health Rehabilitation Center at the age of 65.
Born Dec. 19, 1948, in Beech Creek, he was a son of the late Jack and Mary Belle Murphy Goad. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Ted Goad and John R. Goad, and sisters Betty Simpkins, Martha Stewart, Mildred "Midge" Teeters, Sue Whitley, and Elizabeth Goad.
David was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War where he earned the honors and medals of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a coal miner who had worked for the Tall Timber Coal Company and he was also a member of the UMWA Local 1440. David was community oriented becoming involved with and coaching both the little league baseball as well as youth basketball. During his involvement and participation with coaching, David touched, motivated, and impacted the lives of numerous children within his community.
When he wasn't working in his wood shop, a talent in which he loved and was able to devote more time to after retiring from the coal mines, he enjoyed other interests such as four wheeling, relaxing at home with his book of puzzles while watching his favorite westerns, while his buddy and devoted companion his cat Waldo remained cozy by his side. Above all his greatest accomplishment was his loving family and his most valued and treasured times was spent with his loving wife, sons, and grandchildren.
David was not only an example of honesty and hard work to family and friends but he was also an example of faith and served as a member of the Beech Creek Church of Christ. May his legacy of faith, service, and family serve as an example and a cherished memory by all who knew and loved him.
He leaves to honor his loving memory and mourn his passing, his loving wife, Sandra Kay Hartley Goad; sons, Gary A. Goad of Huntington and David L. Goad and his wife Christy of South Charleston; brothers, Joseph Goad and his wife Sheila, and James Goad and his wife Cheryl; sisters, Daphene Steele, Grace Preece and her husband William, Sally Looney, Deborah Donahue, Myrtle Curry and her husband Bill, and Tiffanee Kennedy and her husband Bruce; grandchildren Aaron, Marcus, Addison, and Carter, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Honoring services will be conducted at noon Sat., April 19, at Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Bruce Murphy and Wally Goad officiating. Burial will follow at Goad Family Cemetery at Beech Creek.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Vietnam brothers Ronnie Murphy, Delmas Blankenship, James Hartley and Ronald Parker, will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will begin receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.
Chambers Funeral Services of Matewan is in charge of arrangements.