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ASSISTANT CHIEF WILLIAM ISAH “BILL” GOOLSBY, SAVANNAH FIRE DEPARTMENT (Ret.)

William (Bill) I. Goolsby, 85, of Springfield, Georgia, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born September 21, 1936 in Fairfield, Texas. Bill was a devoted husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of the Savannah Primitive Baptist Church where he served as Deacon. Bill proudly served in the United States Air Force for 4 1/2 years. Afterward, he served for 35 years at Savannah Fire Department retiring as Assistant Chief of the department in 1995. After his retirement he volunteered with Southside and Clyo fire departments as well as working at Gamble Funeral Service for 20 plus years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Linda; daughter, Debbie Vickery (Ronald); son, Scott Goolsby (Teri); brothers, Rod Claridge, Chuck and David Turner, Donald Goolsby; sister, Lori Nicley; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Besides the love for his family, Bill loved fishing, playing golf, and going on golfing trips. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening, June 21, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Dr. Dewain E. Smith. Interment, with military and fire department honors, will be at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022, in Effingham Memorial Gardens in Springfield.

Many thanks to the members of the DeVita Effingham North Dialysis as well as Homestead Hospice.

You are invited to view the committal service with full military honors by clicking here.

Meeting ID: 860 9813 2685

Passcode: 643159

 

Online Condolences

  1. Joy &Miriam Haralson says:

    Our condolences to the family of Mr. Bill Goolsby.
    Miss Linda Miriam and I are here if you have any needs.
    Joy haralson
    Miriam Haralson

  2. Jerry Lee Fowler says:

    I had worked with Bill from the time I came on the Savannah Fire until I retired in 1995. He was a good chief. He will be missed by many.

  3. tommy sanders says:

    Linda , so sorry about Bill . He was a great guy . we will all miss him very much . Love you , Tommy&Carmela

  4. Patricia Timothy says:

    Linda and Family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Tim and I wish that we could have been in Savannah for the services. Our prayers will be for you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Affectionately, Patsy and Tim

  5. Martha Ann DeLaigle says:

    I an so sorry to hear about your father Debbi. I know he will be missed. I still miss Joel so bad. Just know he is in a better place.
    My love to you and your family. May he RIP.

  6. Travis Ray says:

    I sure am sorry to see this. I always enjoyed working with Mr. Goolsby and his wise advice. My time with him at Sipple Mortuary and Gamble Funeral Service will always be cherished. Sorry to the family and the Gamble Funeral Service family.

  7. Bill Wilmoth says:

    Linda, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill was a great individual. I first met you and Bill at the skating rink on Bee Road.
    You and Bill were some of the great people working there when I first starting skating at the Tiger Athletic Club. I saw Bill in our capacities at city jobs. Bill also was a great help when my daughter passed away in 2013. All this to say Bill was a great person and I know he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. God give you comfort and strength during this time.

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