YES! Weekly mourns loss of distribution team member
*Editor’s note: Michael Goins’s memorial service will be on Aug. 12 starting at 1:30 p.m. for the viewing with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. at Hargett Funeral Home, located at 905 E. Market St. in Greensboro. The funeral will be open to the public.
YES! Weekly lost one of our newspaper distributors on the morning of Aug. 3 from a crash in Guilford County.
At approximately 5 a.m., Greensboro’s Michael Devon Goins, 29, lost control of his GMC Yukon SUV on Interstate 85 near mile marker 115. He was “traveling off the roadway to the left and the vehicle began to overturn,” wrote Sergeant Christopher D. Knox public information officer of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and State Highway Patrol in an email.
According to the statement, Goins was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Southbound lanes of Interstate 85 were shut down for approximately two and a half hours but have been reopened.
Knox wrote that Goins “was not believed to be utilizing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Goins was an independent contractor with YES! Weekly and had completed his route on Aug. 1.
“We will sincerely miss Mike here at YES! Weekly,” said publisher Charles Womack. “He would always greet you with a smile when you saw him at the office picking up his bundles each week and always ask how you were doing. It is very, very sad.”
Janice Gantt, YES! Weekly and Jamestown News distribution manager, said that Goins had also delivered for the Greensboro News & Record.
Gantt said that Goins started delivering our papers on March 28.
“Mike was always on time,” Gantt said. “Sometimes he was the first one there. If I called him and told him that someone had run out of papers or anything like that, he was straight over there to fix it. He was dedicated. When he first started, he went downtown [Greensboro] and saw that people had taken every paper out of the window [of the box] and he went back and fixed all that.”
Gantt said Goins delivered papers to downtown Greensboro and the Spring Garden area.
“Just in the little time I knew him, he was a really good guy,” Gantt said. “He was dedicated and did a good job. He wanted to make sure it was done right. I’m pretty upset and in shock.”
Gantt said Goins was a dedicated employee because he would get his route done despite what he was going through. She said he would carry a couple bundles of papers with him to fix anything that he saw was out of place. Gantt said Goins finished what would be his last route on Wednesday and after, he went to the hospital to take his toddler daughter to chemotherapy.
“I really liked him and thought a lot of him,” Gantt said. “I get on a friendship basis with all [of the distribution team]. I am close to all of them. I thought really highly of him.”
YES! Weekly sends our condolences to his family.