Family of Harriman veteran and former officer killed in accident

Family of Harriman veteran and former officer killed in accident honored with gift

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When Wanda Hickey walked up to meet the Goins family for the first time Monday afternoon, it was to give them a quilt of valor. When Wanda Hickey walked up to meet the Goins family for the first time Monday afternoon, it was to give them a quilt of valor.
Wanda spent two days sewing the quilt that reads "In Honor of Micheal Goins." Wanda spent two days sewing the quilt that reads "In Honor of Micheal Goins."
"It means a lot," Goins said of the quilt. "The community thinks a lot of him. Everyone loved him. So for her to take the time to do this for us is just, I don't know I'm very appreciative and we will treasure it from now on of course." "It means a lot," Goins said of the quilt. "The community thinks a lot of him. Everyone loved him. So for her to take the time to do this for us is just, I don't know I'm very appreciative and we will treasure it from now on of course."
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) -
A Harriman officer and Marine Corps veteran killed in an accident earlier this month is being honored by a woman who didn't even know him.

Father of two Michael Goins, 41, died May 10 after a lawn mower accident.

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More than 1,000 people came to his memorial service in Harriman.

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When Cumberland County resident Wanda Hickey walked up to meet the Goins family for the first time Monday afternoon, it was to give them a handmade Quilt of Valor. 

"I'd like to give it to you in honor of Michael," Hickey said to the family. 

She spent two days sewing the quilt that reads, "In Honor of Michael Goins."

"I didn't know him, but when I heard about him dying I thought this would be perfect," Hickey said of the quilt. 

Kingston officer and family friend Bo Smith came in on his day off to help deliver the gift. 

"I wanted to pay tribute to a young man that had served his country well with honor," Smith said.

Michael's wife April says it's people like Wanda and Bo who are helping their family cope with tragedy. 

"Everyone loved him. So for her to take the time to do this for us is just, I don't know I'm very appreciative and we will treasure it from now on of course. He was a very good man. We're still grieving of course, but at least we've got something to look at and for her to do that, I can't express how happy I am about it," April said.

"I wanted to make the family feel good. It's not going to take away their pain, but it's going to give them something to hold on to," Hickey said.

Hickey owns Custom Quilt Tops and says she plans to make more quilts to give to local families of veterans.

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