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Richard Sampson Goldston

July 13, 1954 ~ May 7, 2020 (age 65)


Mr. Richard S. Goldston,  age 65 of 1327 Taylors Chapel Church Rd., Sanford, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Richard Sampson Goldston, most commonly known as ‘Rick’, was born on July 13th 1954 to the late E.P. and Edna Goldston. 

A man of faith and community, Rick was a dedicated member of Taylor’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as the Minister of Music for many years. He was a talented musician, an excellent cook and a man of style. A natural storyteller, Rick had the ability to make everyone laugh and many looked to him for his wisdom and support. Rick had a special place in his heart for young people and touched many lives through his work with the Morning Stars Children’s Choir and the wider community. He was a mentor, a guide and even a music teacher to anyone in the community who wanted to better themselves or learn something new.

Not only was Rick a well-respected member of his family and community, but he was also a very skilled carpenter and electrical engineer. He received his education from Central Carolina Community College, Alamance Community College and North Carolina State University. He worked for the Town of Chapel Hill for many years until his retirement. With a heart of gold, Rick often used his skills in carpentry to repair homes and community buildings in times of need. 

Rick was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, cousin and friend. He touched countless lives through his stories, laughter, music and songs. A quintessential leader, a man of God and a pillar of his community - Rick Goldston will always be remembered.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Pamela Goldston, and his son, Jamie Spruiell (Lisa). He also has three grandchildren Jamie, Jr. (Surinata), Shayla and Kalig and one great grandson, Jalen, who will miss him dearly. He had a very special place in his heart for his “little brother” Anthony Goldston, better known as Stinker, and his adopted son, Jimmy Ray, Jr. (whom he called ‘Ram’) and Ram’s son, Cashmere; in addition to his very special friend and “brother”, Jerome Spruiell, and godson, Kenneth “KT” Winchester along with his ‘partner in crime’ Kaitlyn Tyson.

Known as “Uncle Rick” by many, Rick deeply loved all of his nieces and nephews.  Uncle Rick always bragged about his singing angels, The Voices of Harmony (Anna, Jaleesa, Bianca and Jessica), who affectionately called him “Honey”, and his next generation of singers: Na’Zia, Camryn, Layla, Lyriq, Malana, Nasciera and Mylisha. Uncle Rick enjoyed quality time with all of his nieces and nephews including Howard “Pop” McLeod,  Derrick Tyson, Darshinha “Nikki” Bennett, Britt Tyson, Alton Tyson and Taelor Tyson to name a few.

Rick’s three remaining siblings are: brothers, Edward Goldston (Latima) and Jim, and a sister, Lessie Staton (William) and his siblings-in-law: Stella Goldston, Kaye Tyson, Lynne Blue, Ronnie Tyson (Gerri) and Rodney Tyson.He was preceded in death by eight of his siblings: Beatrice Taylor, Rev. Annie Alston, Rev. Mabel McLeod, Paul Goldston, Eugene Goldston, Jesse James Goldston, William Goldston and E.P. Jr and three of his wife’s siblings: Eugenia “Gena” Tyson, Mary “Anette” Tyson and Doris “Ann” Tyson.

Professional Services Entrusted to: Knotts Funeral Home - Pittsboro

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Public Walk Thru Viewing in the Funeral Home Chapel ( Everyone MUST wear a Mask)
May 12, 2020

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
50 Masonic Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Graveside Service
May 13, 2020

12:00 PM
Taylors Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
2153 Mays Chapel Road
Sanford, NC 27330

May 13, 2020

Taylors Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
2153 Mays Chapel Road
Sanford, NC 27330

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