Homer H. Goins was born January 17, 1944 in Harlan County, Kentucky to Ancil and Mary Goins. He graduated from Evarts High School in 1962, having lettered in both football and basketball. As an all-state tailback he was recruited by Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. For the Kentucky Wildcats, he was recruited and signed by coach Blanton Collier and played as a freshman for coach Charlie Bradshaw’s infamous Thin 30 squad. He was a tailback with the Wildcats from 1964 to 1966 where he was a 3 year letterman. Homer began his coaching career at Maysville High School in 1967 where he started the football program from scratch. He moved on to coach Paris High School from 1969-1978 where he coached the Greyhounds to two undefeated regular seasons, three district championship titles, and 3 regional championship titles. In 1973 he coached Paris to an undefeated Class A state championship and was recognized as Kentucky High School Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Paris High School Hall of Fame in 1987, the Evarts High School Hall of Fame in 1988 and KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2007. After coaching, Homer finished his educational career as principal of Paris High School and retired in 1996. His role as a coach, educator, mentor and leader at Paris High School touched the lives of countless individuals.
Homer is survived by his wife, Linda Goins, his son, Jack Martin Goins (Pam), his daughter, Michelle Goins Henry, his granddaughter, Addison Henry (Colton Miller), his grandson Peyton Henry, his sister Jordan Hightower, his step-daughter Beth Scott (Mike) and their children Karter, Mikey and Champ.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Monday, December 26, 2022, at the Bedford Acres Christian Church, 5414 Lexington Road, Paris, KY by Bro. Lane Goff. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11-1 PM Monday, December 26, 2022, at the church. Pallbearers will be Bill Alverson, Stuart Beheler, Richard Crumbie, Johnny Duvall, James Fomas, Butch Maggard and Raymond Smith.
Honorary pallbearers shall be all of his former players and managers with a special mention of Craig Clark, Steve Parker, Mike Scott and Clarence Trumbo.
Memorials may take the form of Contributions to the Paris Greyhound Football Foundation, PO Box 1453, Lexington, KY 40588.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY. The online guestbook is at www.Lusk-McFarland.com and a 24 hour funeral information line can be reached by calling 859-987-4387.