Earl Goosby
1928 - 2018
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EARL GOOSBY suddenly transitioned from life to reward on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:38 pm in Charleston, SC. Born on Saturday, June 23, 1928, he was the 6th of 9 nine children. He was preceded in death by parents, William and Georgia (nee Allen) Goosby; 3 of his brothers, George (Dorothy) Goosby, Clyde Goosby, and John (Virginia) Goosby; 3 of his sisters, Ella Mae (Albert) Taylor, Ruby (Alphonso) Berry, and Ethel Branch-Goosby; and his lifelong, steadfast friend, Dr. Clarence (Mildred) Currie. Mr. Goosby graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School (C'1947) where he ran track, played football, and performed in theater. He then attended and played football at Fisk University for the 1948-1949 school year. Drafted into the US Army in 1951 to serve in Germany during the Korean War, Mr. Goosby became a proficient gunner in the 91st AAA AW Battalion and ran track for the Army across Europe. He exemplified the Battalion's motto "We are not born for ourselves alone" for the entirety of his life. In 1958, Mr. Goosby graduated with a B.S. degree in Education from Indiana University Bloomington, where in 1954, he was initiated in the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. After graduation, he returned to his beloved home in Gary. Mr. Goosby joined the Lake County Department of Public Welfare as a social worker, where he began his lifelong mission to help marginalized children, especially young Black children. He went to every length to place children into foster homes where they could be nurtured. While working full time and supporting his family, Mr. Goosby earned his M.A. degree in social work from The University of Chicago in 1974. In 1996, after 38 years of dedicated service to the Welfare Department, he retired as one of the county's Assistant Directors. In 2007, after 79 years as a resident of Gary, Mr. Goosby relocated to Moorpark, CA, where he was cared for by his daughter, grandson, and granddaughter. In 2015, the family relocated to Charleston, SC, where he lived until his passing. Mr. Goosby leaves to continue his legacy, daughter Dr. Jeri-Elayne Goosby Smith, granddaughter Aiah West Dailey Smith (Charleston), and grandson Daniel Quinton Vass-Goosby (Woodland Hills, CA); younger sister Vera Mathews and younger brother Donald Goosby, both of Gary; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Particularly dear to his heart were his special nieces Rita Flynn (Indianapolis), Stephanie Boleware (Gary), Jacquelyn Goosby, and Daveda Hawkins (Merrillville), who never forgot about him; his "number one" nephew, William Earl Goosby, Sr., who always lent a hand to help; his beloved godsons Stephen and Alan Currie; and River Boat and telephone buddy Michael Golden. To honor Mr. Goosby, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Crisis Center, Inc., a shelter for children in crisis. Charitable gifts may be made via their website www.crisiscenterysb.org, via mail at 101 N. Montgomery St., Gary, IN, 46403, or via his daughter. Visitation: Thursday, September 27, 2018 12-8 p.m. (Wake/Family Hour from 6-8p.m.) at Guy and Allen Funeral Home, 2959 W. 11th Avenue, Gary, IN, 46404. Services: Friday, September 28, 2018 11 a.m. at Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 2301 Washington St., Gary, IN, 46407, (visitation 9-11am). Officiant will be Presiding Elder Emeritus (Chicago District, 3rd Episcopal District, CME church), the Rev. Dr. Carrell K. Cargle, Sr. Interment: Fern Oaks Cemetery, 1518 E. Elm St, Griffith, IN 46319.

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Published in Post-Tribune on Sep. 23, 2018.
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October 15, 2019
Thank you all for your kind words about my dad. It has been a tough year, but God keeps, blesses, and protects His children. May He continue to bless you all.
December 1, 2018
Love and hugs,condolence to all

JoAnn Stewart-Gamble
October 24, 2018
Dear Mr. Goosby: I hate saying bye to you in this world. You were so much fun. Thanks for coming to our church revival! That was fun! And , if there are time sheets to be filled out in the other life. . . I'm your girl!
Sandra Mixis
September 29, 2018
Goosby Family,

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Brother Goosby. I frequently ran into him at the Currie home where he and brother Currie talked about I.U. "back in the day" and the fun times at the Alpha Chapter. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Maurice L. Taylor
Maurice Taylor
September 28, 2018
Dear Loved Ones of Mr. Goosby,
To God be the glory for Mr. Goosby and his model of excellence for those of us who shared any bit of time with him.

Halleluia!!! All praise and honor to God for him. May each of you experience the peace and comfort only God can provide.

Blessings beyond measure to each of you.
Lovetta Tindal
September 27, 2018
Jaye and Family,

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Earl. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Jaye, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Dr. Bibi Potts
Martha Potts
September 25, 2018
Condolences to the Goosby family from Cora Shadwick in Vallejo,Ca.
September 24, 2018
My sincere condolences to you and The Goosby Family. Stephanie, Jackie, John and Davena take comfort in prayer and the bliss of your blessings.
Reginald Barksdale
September 24, 2018
To Jackie Goosby and Family:
Let us remember that our physical death isn't the end, but rather is a step forward in our Heavenly Father's plan and a time of indescribable joy for the person making the transition. When you're the ones left behindthe ones losing a loved onethe pain of that loss is very real. But there's a lot of comfort in knowing you'll see them again. May God bless you and your family.
Aurelia & Gregory
September 23, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Mr. Goosby was always a very pleasant gentleman. I always referred to and addressed him as Chief. I will always cherish his memory. May he Rest In Peace.
Virginia McCoy-Sewood
September 23, 2018
As a young man, fresh out of college in 1965, I began my Social Work career at the Lake County Welfare Department. I was so fortunate to find a friend in Mr. Goodby. To his family I send my condolences to you for having such a wonderful kind man and to Earl I wish you eternal happiness in Heaven.
John Boguslawski
September 23, 2018
Brother Earl Goosby Has Reached The Golden Shores. Take Ypur Rest.
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