First Posted: 12/31/2008

FORD, Va. Benny Leon Goins, 49, of Ford, and formerly of Mount Airy, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Medical College of Virginia. He was born on Nov. 19, 1959, in Mount Airy to Alvin William and Iris Lawson Goins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Roy and Earlie Goins and John and Eva Johnson Lawson; and his father-in-law, John D. Dabney. His greatest joy in life was serving the Lord by playing the bass guitar with The Harvesters Quartet and The Singing Americans. He was a member of Flat Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church in Mount Airy. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife, Charlotte Dabney Goins; two sons, Andrew Leon Goins and Lewis James L.J. Goins of North Carolina; brother, Carlton Eugene Goins and wife Darlene and of North Carolina; his devoted mother-in-law, Charlotte J. Dabney of Ford; four nieces; five nephews; aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was a man that valued family and always considered his wifes family as his family too. Special thanks to his nurses, therapists and doctors at MCV/VCU and the staff of the Heart Transplant Clinic. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VCU Heart Transplant Program, P.O. Box 980204, Richmond, VA 23298, or Hospital Hospitality House, 612 E. Marshal St., Richmond, VA 23219. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

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