Nina Bunch Goolsby, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at her home in Oxford. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Waller Funeral Home.
The editor emeritus of The Oxford EAGLE, she was the widow of J.C. Goolsby, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. She was an untiring supporter of First Baptist Church and had been an active member for over 65 years. She served as chairperson of the Flower Committee. She also taught Sunday School.
She was instrumental in acquiring funds to save and move Cedar Oaks, Oxford’s heritage house, to its present location and helped launch and support the Oxford Pilgrimage. Her drive and work ethic were rivaled only by her deep love and loyalty to Oxford, Lafayette County, Ole Miss and the state of Mississippi and the people who call them home.
Among her many honors and accomplishments were: Business and Professional Womens’ Club Woman of the Year (1965); preservation of two magnolias in front of the Federal Building (Plans called for the building to be built within a few feet of the street which would have forced the removal of the 100-plus-year-old magnolia trees. She enlisted the help of then Sen. Jim Eastland and Rep. Jamie Whitten and together they forced the plans to be changed thus preserving these symbols of the state) (1972); Mississippi State College for Women Silver Inky Award (1972); appointed to Governor’s Commission of the Status of Women by Gov. Cliff Finch (1977); Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (1980); Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award (1983); Named by Gov. Bill Allain to a four-year term to The Mississippi Ethics Commission (1984); and Pilot Club of Oxford Award for Outstanding Public Relations Coverage (1989); and North Mississippi Citizen of the Year (1992).
She was recognized for her efforts by the American Cancer Society, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Federation of Pres Women, Young Men’s Progressive Club, University of Mississippi Band, O.D. Smith Masonic Lodge and the U.S. Postal Service.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, University of Mississippi Alumni Association (Lifetime Member), Ole Miss Associates (Founding Member), Reader’s Guild, Cosmopolitan Club (Charter Member), Mississippi Press Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Oxford Business and Professional Women’s Club, Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library, University of Mississippi Loyalty Foundation, Chancellor’s Trust (1984), Civitan Club, Rotary Club (First woman member in Rotary Club of Oxford), University High School Alumni Association (Lifetime Member), Oxford Garden Club (Lifetime Member), Pilot Club (Past President), and Oxford Beautification Committee (Chairperson).
Survivors include two daughters, Rita Vasilyev and Lila Goolsby of Oxford; one sister, Clyde Brigance of Oxford; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to: North MS Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or Clear Creek Baptist Church, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655. For online condolences and guest registry, visit the Web site: www.wallerfuneralhome.com.