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Opal Reeves Goins
Opal Reeves Goins

Opal Marie Reeves Goins was born the daughter of Jeff Ivey and Lena (Schremmer) Ivey on December 31, 1926, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life on December 27, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 88 years.

She was united in marriage April 14, 1943, in Fulton County, Arkansas, to Carl Dewey Reeves, who preceded her in death on October 24, 1964. She was united in marriage June 4, 1970, at Thayer, Missouri, to George Ronald Goins, who preceded her in death on July 25, 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Karlene Reeves Groover of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Mary Crawford of Mammoth Spring; one son, Gary Ivey and wife, Loraine of Rogers, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Justin Montgomery of Mammoth Spring, Laura Bales and husband, Bruce of Bakersfield, Missouri, Sandi Dawson and husband, Jeff of West Plains, Missouri, John Pruett and wife, Rebecca of West Plains, Shane Griffis of Greenville, Mississippi, Heather King and husband, John of Thayer, Missouri, and Heath Crawford and wife, Jennifer of Thayer; numerous great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Patt Pall.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Lena Ivey; her husbands; one daughter, Kathryn Pruett Brown; one infant daughter; two sons-in-law, Allan Groover and Alan Crawford; one brother, Othel “Sonny” Ivey, and one brother-in-law, Earl Reeves.

Opal was a waitress, working in area restaurants for many years. She enjoyed people, having a good time, and always wore her special smile.

She loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and was known for her delicious chicken and dumplings and great desserts.

Opal was a member of the First Church of God in Thayer, Missouri, and the Mammoth Spring Extension Club.

She will truly be missed by her family and friends at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Reverend Robert Brown officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Wednesday evening, December 30th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.




  1. Sharon Montalto
    December 29, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    A warm and loving soul will be missed. Condolences to Carlene.


  2. Jinger Lau Farleigh
    December 30, 2015 @ 11:43 am


    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Opal. She was a good person. Mom said she called you this morning but she doesn’t hear very well at all so she didn’t hear much of what you said. Mom has the shingles and I have to work until 5 pm today and I have to work tomorrow so we won’t be able to come to the visitation or the funeral. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and please let us know if we can do anything for you. We’d love for you to come to Batesville anytime you can and please get in touch with us because we’d love to see you and visit with you.

    Love you,

    Jean Lau and Jinger Lau Farleigh


  3. Sue Mullins
    December 31, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Opal was a special neighbor to us. She always had a bright smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. You always knew where you stood when talking with Opal. Heaven received an angel……..Our prayers are with you.

    Earl, Sue and Christy Mullins


    December 31, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss, she was one of the most loving and wonderful people I have ever met . Opal will be so missed by all that loved her. God has gained a beautiful Angel .


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