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Virginia Sue Goolsbee

Tyler, Texas

Dec 23, 1934 – Oct 23, 2020 (Age 85)


December 23, 1934
October 23, 2020
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Sue Goolsbee celebrated her home going to be with her Lord and Savior on October 23, 2020 with her loving family surrounding her. She was born December 23, 1934 in Tyler, Texas. She graduated from Troup ISD where she was a cheerleader and played basketball.  She married Mack Goolsbee June 12,1953 and they were married for 56 years.

Anyone that knew Sue, Grannie to many, knew that she was a Godly woman who placed priority on God, her family, her church and her friends.  She had a servant’s heart and contributed, usually anonymously, to better other’s life circumstances.  In her lifetime, she has baked a multitude of pecan pies for bake sales to fund church missions and organized and led many church cookbook sales.  She loved to crotchet and has crocheted over 400 blankets, each made with someone in mind and given as a gift.  She was a faithful servant at Clarksville City Baptist Church for many years and never missed a service until recently.  Sue often and gladly gave her testimony and lived out daily her love and faith in the Lord as an example for others to follow.  She was a full-time housewife, mother and business partner to her late husband in the establishment and operation of the family business, Goolsbee Tire Service, that was established in 1954.  After Mack Goolsbee passed away, Sue continued to assume roles in the business and so enjoyed visiting with the new and many faithful customers that came into the business. 

Sue was preceded in death by: Parents, John E. and Ala Ray Adams; Husband, Mack Lyle Goolsbee; Daughter, Janice Rae Goolsbee; Brother, Howard Adams; and Nephews, Bill Adams and Todd Adams.

Survivors include: Son, Scott Goolsbee (Susan) of Tyler; Daughters, Rheanne Goolsbeee of Tyler and Martha Holley (Danny) of Winona; Grandchildren: Stephen Goolsbee (Whitney), Sarah Barber (Colt), Joshua Holley (Haley), Zachary Holley, Seth Goolsbee (Brittany); Great Grandchildren: Summer Goolsbee, Andrew Barber, Caroline Barber and S. J. Goolsbee; Brother:  Johnny Adams (Shirley); and many nieces and nephews.

Pall Bearers will be Stephen Goolsbee, Joshua Holley, Seth Goolsbee, Zachary Holley, Colt Barber and Toby Adams. Honorary Pall Bearers:  All Goolsbee Tire Service Employees.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church in Winona on October 28th at 10:30 a.m. Services will be held, following visitation, at 11:30 a.m. with Bro. Roger Gage, Greg Selman and Bro. Sherman Mayfield officiating.  Burial will be held following services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler.

In lieu of flowers:  Please make contributions to Clarksville City Baptist Church, PO Box 568, White Oak Texas 75693.

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Scott and Rheanne, I am deeply saddened to read about the recent passing of your Mother, Mrs. Sue Goolsbee. My sincere condolences to you and her entire family. May God give peace and comfort to all.

She will be greatly missed

Sue was such a sweet lady and a godly example to everyone that knew her. She definitely had a servant’s heart. We are praying for God to comfort your hearts during this time. We love the Goolsbee family.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Ms Sue will always be remembered as a kind and generous Christian woman who loved the Lord and served Him. She was the epitome of what a Christian should be. Anyone who knew her loved her. We have many fond memories of Ms Sue. Church fellowships were always enhanced by food that she brought to share with us; Church services were enhanced when she sang a special; and any occasion was better when we could share a laugh with her, as she had a beautiful laugh. Looking forward to seeing her...

I've known Grannie for about 20 years now and never once did I see her without a smile. My favorite memory is a very special crocheted blanket I received from her as a wedding gift. I know she's so proud of her family, and I am too! Love you all.

Mrs. Goolsbee was a very gracious and kind lady. Her husband, Mack, afforded me my first job. Many memories of the Goolsbee family. Trips to their lakehouse and fishing. My thoughts and prayers with the family.

Sue was a very sweet Christian lady. I loved her and her husband Mack very much. Sue and I talked on the phone about once a month this past year. Those conversations will be forever treasured in my heart. Scott, Rheanne, and Martha, you will always be like a brother and sisters to me. Our families have been so close through the years. Know that my love and prayers are with you all! Johnny and Janie Stewart

So very sorry! Such a loss for her family and for the community of Tyler! Edwinna Hopkins