Former Wichita Falls Mayor to be Laid to Rest

Perry Goolsby, 95, died January 11, 2015 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls with Dr. Bob McCartney officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2014 at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.

Mr. Goolsby was born May 8, 1919 in Wood County, Texas. He was a graduate of Winnsboro High School in Winnsboro, Texas. He attended East Texas State University on a football and basketball scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1941, just prior to the beginning of World War II. He served as a medical administrative officer in the North African and European Theater of Operations and was relieved from active duty in November 1945, soon after the war ended.

Mr. Goolsby joined the faculty of Reagan Junior High School in January 1946 as a teacher and coach. He served as a teacher and assistant football coach at Wichita Falls High School from 1948 to 1960. He served as head basketball coach at Wichita Falls High School from 1951 to 1960.

In 1960, he joined the administrative staff of the Wichita Falls Independent School District where he served as Principal of Cunningham Elementary School, Principal of Rider High School, and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, and Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services when he retired in June, 1984.

During his professional career, he served as President of the Wichita Falls Teachers Association, President of the District IX Texas State Teachers Association, and President of Wichita County Schoolmasters Association. He also served on the State Committee of the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and on the commission of the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and on the commission of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.

He served as President of the University Kiwanis Club, Lt. Governor Division 18, Kiwanis International and was a life member of Kiwanis International. He also served as Chairman of the Youth Committee of the YMCA, member of the Board of Directors, Wichita Falls Mental Health Association, and Chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Directors and participated in United Way fundraising activities for many years.

Mr. Goolsby was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher of thirteen year old boys for seventeen years, and a Director of the Adult Sunday School Department for twenty-five years. He served as Chairman of the Education Committee, Fiscal Committee, Personnel Committee and as Chairman of the Deacon Body.

Mr. Goolsby retired from the Wichita Falls I.S.D. in 1984 and was elected mayor of Wichita Falls in May 1988. He retired from the Mayor's office in May 1990 with a sense of pride for having had the opportunity to serve the city.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Johnnie; two daughters, Mrs. Diane Sullivan of Frisco, Texas and Mrs. Dale Griffis of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren, Mrs. Holly Deleon and husband Chuck of Lubbock, Edward Franklin Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Andrea of Dallas, Texas, Dr. John Perry Sullivan and his wife Allison of Frisco, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Gregory Kyle and Lexi Ryan Gestes of Lubbock, Anna Katherine and Elizabeth Alice Sullivan of Frisco and twenty-one nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, Hospice of Wichita Falls or Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund, Wichita Falls, Texas.

Pallbearers include: Edward Sullivan, John Sullivan, Gregory Gestes, Aaron McDonald, Gene Leach, Ron Hardin, Leland Allred, Jimmy Tate and Perry Pierce.