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.