Lloyd Benjamin “Ben” Goolsby, 87, of Timpson, Texas entered into glory on June 8, 2018 at his home in the Tennessee Community surrounded by his loved ones. Ben was born on December 20, 1930, in Shelby County Texas to Lloyd Bertram Goolsby and Susie (Childs) Goolsby. Services will be held Monday, June 11, 2018 at 2pm at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. William Dee Daniel, Bro. Richard Jones, and Dr. Russell Marshall officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2pm at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
Ben graduated from Timpson High School in 1949 and enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State College in the fall. While in Nacogdoches, he met Claudia and they were married July 14th, 1951. They moved to Lufkin where Ben began working for Lufkin Foundry. In 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving 14 months in the Korean War. After serving his country Ben reenrolled at SFA, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and started teaching in Silsbee, Texas. In 1968 he earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration and became principal in Hardin then Sulphur Springs before finishing a 36 year career in education as the elementary and junior high principal in Timpson. Other than his Lord and his family, Ben loved nothing more than his farm. An educator by profession, his true calling was that of a farmer and gardener. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
Ben was a member of the First Baptist Church of Timpson where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and held numerous leadership positions throughout the years. He was also chairman of the Tennessee Rural Water Supply for 30 years, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Timpson Public Library, and volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 66 years, Claudia Goolsby of Timpson, Texas; daughter, Tammye Marshall and husband Russell of Mabank, Texas; son, Mark Goolsby of Timpson, Texas; brother, J. B. Goolsby and wife Dixie of Bryan, Texas; grandchildren, Jordan Costlow and husband Zach of Ft. Worth, Texas, Griffin Marshall and Mitzi Pyle of Midland, Texas, Landon Marshall of Denver, Colorado, Alden Marshall of Mabank, Texas, and countless friends and loved ones that will miss him dearly.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Thelma Mathis, Selma Cowan, Nora Rice; and great grand daughter, Hannah Costlow.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, P O Box 488, Timpson, Texas 75975 or visit http://www.timpsonfbc.com/page/givingdonations
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.