Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:11pm
Dr. Ross Alan Goehring
Jesup—Dr. Ross Alan Goehring, 67, died Dec. 3, 2017, at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah after complications from a head injury.
He was born on July 29, 1950, in Houston, Texas, to the late Lloyd A. and Ruth Willis Goehring. He was a 1968 graduate of Bellaire High School in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas School of Pharmacy in June of 1973, with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.
He moved to Dallas with two fraternity brothers and worked with two independent pharmacies, Meyers & Rosser on Oak Lawn and the St. Paul Apothecary in the lobby of St. Paul Hospital’s Professional Building, through June of 1982.
In July of 1974, Dr. Goehring married the love of his life, Susan Lynn Highsmith, an Air Force “brat” whose father retired in Irving, Texas, in 1970. Their blind date in October 1973 obviously took, as they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on July 27, 2017.
Although Dr. Goehring’s pharmacy employment was a dream job with no nights or weekend work, he was inspired to attend medical school after learning of an off-shore medical school that he could attend. In the spring of 1982, after a three-day trip to Montserrat, British West Indies, to verify that American University of the Caribbean was a legitimate medical school, and with Susan’s encouragement, he gave notice to his employer, and the pharmacist went back to school. The year-round schedule of classes allowed students to graduate after three years, following 18 months of classwork with 18 months of clinical training (14 months in Chicago and four months in Dallas). He graduated from AUC in June 1985 and moved to Bristol, Tennessee, as a first-year family medicine resident.
In the fall of 1986, he attended the Georgia Rural Medical Fair in Atlanta where counties under 30,000, in population gather to recruit mainly primary-care doctors to their communities. The Goehrings were interviewed by and entertained at dinner by representatives from Wayne County, including family physician Dr. Ollie McGahee, head of the State Rural Medical Board at the time, and obstetrician Dr. Ramon Meguiar, a classmate of a faculty obstetrician in Dr. Goehring’s residency program. Even after the cautionary remark of “just don’t let him do OB,” the Hospital Authority of Wayne County welcomed the Goehrings to Jesup.
With former U.S. Rep. Lindsay Thomas’ prodding, Dr. Goehring’s Georgia license to practice medicine was approved, and his office in Screven welcomed its first patient on Sept. 12, 1988. He shared calls for several years with Dr. Claire Hicks, Dr. Ellen Richardson and Dr. Dianne Campbell. He also absorbed many patients from Dr. Robert Miller, a longtime Wayne County doctor who retired as a result of health issues.
In May of 1996, Dr. Goehring moved into his current office at 999 S. Macon St., and continued to not only take care of his existing patients but also expand his patient load. At the time of his death, he was providing care to many second-generation patients, and even a few third generation patients which shows the range of family medicine, especially in a small town.
On Dec. 22, 2006, Dr. Goehring was the recipient of a living-donor kidney transplant from family friend Janet Daniel as a result of long-term complications of diabetes, ironically diagnosed in 1982, just before he began medical school.
Dr. Goehring was a founding member of the Altamaha Wildlife Association, and he and his wife hosted multiple fundraisers over the years at their home, with Dr. Goehring in charge of the grill. Whether for political candidates (Jack Kingston, Tommie Williams) or non-profit organizations (Fair Haven, the Boys and Girls Club), the Goehrings were always willing to host.
Dr. and Mrs. Goehring were two of the 26-plus-person contingent from Wayne County that attended the 2000 inauguration of President George W. Bush, and they also attended the inaugural celebration for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Susan Goehring of Jesup; a sister, Mary Susan Goehring of Austin, Texas; brothers, Lloyd A. Goehring Jr. of Buda, Texas, Paul Goehring of Del Valle, Texas, and David Goehring of Fischer, Texas; his “kidney mama,” Janet Daniel of Jesup; a father-in-law, William T. Highsmith of Jesup; a sister-in-law, Sandra Barley, and her husband, Donald, of Brady, Texas; a niece, Jordan Barley and her fiancé, Robert Lilljedahl, of Dripping Springs, Texas; a nephew, Trent Barley of San Antonio, Texas; a brother-in-law, David Highsmith of Dallas, Texas; and at least one more 12-foot alligator from the Altamaha River Swamp.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at his medical office, 999 S. Macon St., Jesup, GA 31545.
In lieu of flowers or food, remembrances may be made to the Wayne County Protective Agency (Fair Haven Shelter), the Altamaha Area Boys & Girls Club, the Wayne County Toy Drive or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Harry Lee Patterson
Jesup—Harry Lee Patterson, 68, of Jesup died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, after an extended illness.
A native of Michigan, he had lived in Wayne County the past 17 years. he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and he retired after 32 years at General Motors. He was an active volunteer with Wayne County ARF (Animal Refuge Foundation). He had worked with Landon Service and Towing for the past five years and enjoyed reading and working with animals.
Survivors are his wife, Martha Browning Patterson of Jesu,p and a host of other relatives.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wayne County Animal Refuge Foundation, P.O Box 432, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Cora Lee Jones
Odum--Cora Lee Jones, 79, died Nov. 28, 2017, after a short illness.
The Wayne County native had lived in Odum for many years.
She is survived by one son, Bobby Jones Sr. of Odum; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Bertha Jackson of Jesup and Burrough and Phyllis Jackson of Odum; and three grandchildren, Bobby Jones Jr. of Atlanta and Brittany and Quintina Jones of Screven.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at Good Hope Holiness Church in Odum with her grandson Elder Bobby Jones officiating. Interment we be in the Odum Cemetery.
Family will gather at the Odum Recreation Center.
Rainge Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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