Hundreds remember Harriman officer killed while mowing friend's

Hundreds remember Harriman officer killed while mowing friend's yard

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More than 1,000 people in the Harriman community gathered Thursday night to remember a man who spent his life serving his community. More than 1,000 people in the Harriman community gathered Thursday night to remember a man who spent his life serving his community.
Michael Goins, pictured here with his daughter. Michael Goins, pictured here with his daughter.
Goins worked at McGhee Tyson airport as a public safety officer. He was also a veteran of the US Marine Corps and spent 15 years in local law enforcement. Goins worked at McGhee Tyson airport as a public safety officer. He was also a veteran of the US Marine Corps and spent 15 years in local law enforcement.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


HARRIMAN (WATE) - More than 1,000 people in the Harriman community gathered Thursday night to remember a man who spent his life serving his community. Micheal Goins died Sunday during an accident while mowing a friend's yard.

His family says he was on a zero turn riding mower when rain caused it to slip and flip over on top of him.

Goins worked at McGhee Tyson airport as a public safety officer. He was also a veteran of the US Marine Corps and spent 15 years in local law enforcement.

Lines of people stood outside the Harriman High School gym Thursday, waiting several hours to say goodbye to Goins. At just 41-years-old, he touched countless lives, including his lifelong best friend, Mel Clemmons.  

"They were waiting just to say goodbye to somebody, and we've never experienced anything like that in this community. He meant so much to me, to his family and to the people in the community," Clemmons said.

Goin's oldest daughter Haylee calls her dad a hero.  

"He's always been there for me. He helped, he gave the community everything they could possibly want, plus us and his family. He wouldn't let anybody go without," Haylee said.

Now she's left holding tight to her family, and the memories of what she misses most.  

"His smile, his personality, what he brought home to us, just looking forward to seeing him every day," Haylee said.

"You can look at his daughter and see the same smile. He spread love everywhere he went. He spent time giving and giving, and when he passed on this earth he was helping people," Clemmons said.

Clemmons helped start the Micheal Goins Humanitarian Scholarship in his friend's honor. He says donations are being accepted at Regents Bank.

The funeral will be Friday morning at 10 at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman.

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