James "Jim" Goulding

James M. "Jim" Goulding, 72, died at his home in Spring Hill, FL, on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Jim was born on August 24, 1946, in Fort Smith, AR.

Jim was a graduate of Alderson High School in Alderson, WV, and of Concord College in Athens, WV, and was a former teacher and librarian at Greenbrier Junior High. He loved fishing, swimming at Hart's Run State Park, and spending quality time with friends and most of all his little dog, Abby. His resilience and determination in the face of a progressive lifelong physical disability were an inspiration to his friends and family. He maintained a can-do spirit and positive attitude until the end, and he especially treasured friendships he maintained with classmates from Alderson and Concord College.

His parents, Gordon and Bernice Goulding preceded him in death.

He is survived by sisters, Virginia Thomas of Lewisburg, WV, and Cindy Workman of Portland, OR; and nieces, Audrey Persinger of Pence Springs, WV, and Emily Thomas of Lewisburg.

Jim's family plans to hold a memorial service in Alderson in the fall.

Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation at smafoundation.org

Send online condolences by visiting www.merrittfuneralhome.com.

Merritt Funeral Home in Spring Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary originally published in the July 16, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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