The Macon County School System is mourning the loss of 56-year-old Jerry Lane Goolsby, 4th grade school teacher at Westside Elementary, who passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, September 14th.

A native of Decatur, Illinois, Mr. Goolsby, was the son of the late Floyd and Pernie Harper Goolsby. He had been employed with the Macon County Board of Education for almost 20 years and he was of the Methodist faith.

“The children loved Mr. Goolsby,” said Jane Biles, Guidance Counselor at Westside School, “and they have reacted the way you would expect ten and eleven years old kids to react. Jerry took a personal interest in each child, and every little detail of their life was important to him. We have so few male school teachers at the elementary level, that when we lose one it is a set back, because so many children don’t have a positive role model in their homes. He worried about his students and they knew that he truly cared about them.”

“In the near future a memorial plaque will be placed in the lobby,” added Ms. Biles, “and when it arrives we will have a ceremony for the children, in remembrance of the teacher they loved. A personalized football with signatures on it, along with cards the kids have made themselves will be placed at the site as well. We are really going to miss him.”

Mr. Goolsby is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-laws, Terry Lee Goolsby & wife Diane of Eutia, Fl., Kerry Ross Goolsby & wife Linda of Tucson, AZ., and Carroll Ray Goolsby of Gamaliel, Ky.; three sisters and brothers-in-laws, Patricia Smith & husband Dan of Scottsville, Ky., Sue Simmons & husband Bob of Waxahachie, TX., and Vivian Fox & husband Joe of Indianapolis, IN.; several nieces & nephews.

A Memorial Service was held for Jerry Goolsby on Wednesday, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at Strode’s Gamaliel Chapel, in Gamaliel, Ky., and a private burial was held on Thursday, September 16th.

Strode’s Gamaliel Chapel, in Gamaliel, Kentucky, was in charge of arrangements.