Daily Archives: January 11th, 2014

Homegoing of a Saint – Rev. Wilbert Hale Goatley, Sr., Eminence, KY

Homegoing services were held today, Saturday, January 11, 2014 for the Reverend Wilbert H. Goatley, Sr., 83, who went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Rev. Goatley served as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Eminence, Kentucky and was serving as the Pastor Emeritus, after his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Verlene Farmer Goatley; children: Rev. Wilbert Goatley, Jr. (Dionne) and Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley (Pamela); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of extended family and friends.

Services were held at Eminence Independent School and burial at Cave Hill Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Rev. Goatley’s memory to the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, 220 I Street N.E., Suite 220, Washington, DC 20002-4389.

Services were held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Eminence High School, Dr. Bill R. Hollins, officiated and Rev. Charles H. Duncan, Jr. delivered the eulogy.

Dr. Goatley was born March 10, 1930 to John and Effie Goatley. He was called to serve the First Baptist Church of Eminence where he served until his retirement on October 31, 2003. He served as Pastor Emeritus until his departure from this life.

He began his journey of faith at the Zion Baptist Church of Louisville and acknowledge his call to ministry, being licensed and ordained under the pastorate of Dr. D.E. King. He graduated from Central High School and was among the pioneer African-American students sent from racially segregated LMC to the University of Louisville. Upon graduation he was among the first African-American students to graduate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During his life he was an instructor at Simmons Bible College; Director of the Baptist Fellowship Center in Louisville; Superintendent of Missions and Moderator of Central District Baptist Association; Auditor and Vice Moderator of the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky; and various other capacities.

Arrangements entrusted to A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky.


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