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Dr. Lennon "Len" Goins, 65, of Tifton passed away Sunday, July 16 in Albany. Visitation will be held Friday, July 21 at Southview Mortuary Chapel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Committal services will be Saturday 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetary.

He was born October 11, 1953, to the late Parke, Sr. and Fleta Mae Howard-Goins. Len graduated from high school as an outstanding athlete, which along with academic excellence, landed him at the University of California, San Diego and then the University of Southern California, graduating with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
Len served four years of residency in the United States Navy as a lieutenant. Following his residency, he opened his dental practice in the city of La Jolla, California near his alma mater, University of California, San Diego.
His practice began to flourish and he extended his reach back into the alumni community of UCSD. In 1983, Len's leadership was the driving force behind establishing UCSD's well-endowed African-American Alumni Scholarship Fund, which helps countless students achieve their educational goals. Although his practice was flourishing, Len decided to continue supporting UCSD by serving on the Board of Trustees of the UCSD Foundation, organizing numerous fundraising efforts in support of the African-American Scholarship Fund, and managing the Student Dental Clinic. Simultaneously, Len maintained his dental practice, which he continued for more than 27 years until his retirement in 2004. He now faced the biggest challenge of his life; he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
He leaves to mourn in his passing his brothers, Eugene Goins and Parker (Barbara) Goins, Jr.; his sisters, Mildred Parker, Wylean Wilson, Alice Merritt, Kay Frances Bozeman, and Mae K. Goins; also a sister-in-law, Lula Walker-Goins, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends and associates.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting contributions be made in memory of Dr. Lennon Goins, DDS to the following: The San Diego Foundation with UCSD BASF, stating that the donation is in memory of Dr. Lennon Goins, DDS. The address of SDF is 2508 Historic Dectur Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92106, or by credit card by calling Danielle V. at (619) 814-1349. Contributions may also be made to the Alzheimer's Outreach, 314 N. Jefferson Street, Albany GA 31701. A guestbook can also be signed at www.southviewmortuary.com
Published on July 20, 2017
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