B.W. "Bill" Goree Jr.

Born in Haynesville, Louisiana on May 24, 1937

Departed on September 19, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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B.W. “Bill” Goree, Jr. age 82 of Nashville went to be with his heavenly father Thursday, September 19, 2019. He was born May 24, 1937 in Haynesville, Louisiana to the late B.W. "Charlie" Goree, Sr. and Janet Stark Goree.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Patterson, in 1957. Together they had two children; Kay, who later married Tim Walker and Keith, who later married Anna Scears. Bill was a minister and a scholar. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from David Lipscomb College, Master’s Degree from Harding Graduate School of Religion and his PhD from Baylor University.

He loved the Lord and loved teaching others about Him in any capacity, from Sunday Bible classes and preaching to teaching students in college. He preached for churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Florida. Bill’s favorite book of the Bible was the book of John. He would spend countless hours studying and eventually wrote a commentary on the book.

Bill was a family man who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He also loved LSU Football and regularly continued to follow his high school football team. In his earlier years, Bill could regularly be found on the golf course, a passion he shared with his late son, Keith.

After 44 years of marriage Bill’s wife, Lynn, went to be with her heavenly father in 2001 and was joined by their son, Keith, in 2009.

In 2003 Bill married Rebecca “Becky” Goree and their family grew to include her children, Steve Brewer, Mimi Williams and Jan Upchurch, and their children. Becky loved and cared for him until her cancer made it impossible for her to continue.They were married 15 years until her passing August 23, 2019.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Kay Walker (Tim); daughter-in-law, Anna Goree; grandchildren, Leann Goree Walsh (Brian), Michael Goree, Will Walker (Casie), and David Walker; great granddaughters, Bailey and Holly Walsh; brother, Robert Stark Goree (Joy); step-children, Stephen Brewer (Lea Ann), Mimi Williams (Michael), and Jan Upchurch (Todd); step-grandchildren, Zach and Alex Brewer, Tyler and Clayton Williams, Katie Achuff, and Kailyn Upchurch.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28th at West End Church of Christ. Bill will be privately laid to rest next to his wife Becky Goree in the Garden of the Cross of Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. A portion of his ashes will later be scattered in the Smoky Mountains where the family scattered Lynn's ashes.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Church of Christ Relief Effort P.O. Box 111180 Nashville, TN 37222-1180 or Healing Hands International 455 McNally Dr
Nashville, TN 37211 would be appreciated.

4 Comments to B.W. "Bill" Goree Jr.

  1. Fran Avers
    September 23, 2019 10:07 am

    There have been kind men and then there was Bill, one of the kindest you could ever find. Always had a smile for those he encountered on the Lipscomb campus where l knew him. God bless his loved ones left behind.

  2. Doy O. Hollman
    September 27, 2019 8:22 pm

    A colleague, a friend, a brother. Kind in them all! Doy Hollman

  3. Mac Lynn
    September 28, 2019 8:45 am

    Great memories of an esteemed colleague!

  4. John A.
    October 2, 2019 1:19 pm

    Words can’t quite describe how truly beautiful this is to do for a loved one. Wasn’t sure how I felt about putting my mom’s ashes in the ocean but being there and being a witness and part of it definitely made it much easier. What they provide is something so intimate and lovely that I can’t quite put into words to do them justice. For the remainder of the ashes we will be using Well Lived to scatter my moms ashes in the Smoky Mountains. They will be taking care of the ashes getting there so we dont have to deal with the regulations from TSA and airlines and pulling the necessary documents to scatter there. We will be attending this scattering also and have it photographed to hold onto those memories forever. welllived.com/collections/destinations

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