Jacqueline Goeings was the first of three children born to (the late) Weldon James Gholston, Sr. and Mildred Dinkins Gholston on December 23, 1925 in Richmond, Virginia. The family soon moved to Pennsylvania where the second child was born, Weldon James Gholston, Jr. (deceased), and then the family moved to New York where the third child was born, George Herbert Gholston (deceased).
"Jackie", as she was called by her close friends and family, began her early education in the New York City public school system at P.S. 25 and Girls Home Making High School which was later named Prospect Heights High School. After graduation, she met and fell in love with (the late) LeRoy Alexander Goeings, and they soon married and began their family.
Sandra Goeings-George, Carol Goeings-Stricklin (James), and Valerie Goeings-Rock (Jerome) were all raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It was also during that time in the early '60s that Jackie became greatly involved in tenant organizing and block association organizing, and was even one of the pioneers who envisioned Woodhull Hospital to serve the community. The community as a whole was greatly appreciative of Jackie, and numerous letters of recognition can be found among her memoirs from a young Marty Markowitz, Department of Social Service representatives and the community.
After the children and grandchildren were released from her care, Jackie started advocating for the underserved on public assistance. In 1975, she marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to save massive cuts of food stamps for the poor. She met with clients who were troubled by the system, and represented them in hearings and meetings.
In 1984, she read an article on Seniors returning to college. It was then that she decided to enter Long Island University HEOP, and in 1988 she achieved her B.A. in Sociology. Jackie was the eldest in the class, and was presented a special award by Arthur Ashe at the ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She immediately returned to the L.I.U. Graduate School, and achieved her Master’s degree in Education, and later her M.S.W.
In 1986, Jackie became a Caseworker at A.C.S., and soon became a Supervisor. She retired from that position in 2004. During her service to A.C.S., she was recognized by the Agency for being highly esteemed in her work . . . and this is how she lived her life. "If your supervisor has to ask you a question, then you didn't do your job"; this was her motto.
Although Jackie was born Catholic, in her later years she followed her daughter and son-in-law (Valerie and Jerome) to Cornerstone Baptist Church. There, she was baptized by Rev. Dr. Lawrence E. Aker, III. She loved her Church family, and regretted when her health no longer allowed her to attend service. However, the members were faithful in visiting her throughout her illness, and she truly appreciated that.
Jackie leaves to mourn her death, her children: Sandy, Carol and Valerie; her son-in-law Jerome Rock; her grandchildren: Kenneth George (Tonya), Christopher Robinson, Maurice Stricklin, Taiasia Stricklin, Sinovia Hernandez, Marcus Stricklin, Yvette George, Dee George, Jeffrey George, Jamel George (Nyree), Kamel, Naima, Edward, Nia, Michelle, Sadiiya, Keyshia, Martin, affectionately-adopted Rodney, Sherina, Crystal and Linda; thirty-one great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren, one niece Gilda Gholston-Moore; two nephews: Gary Gholston and Andre Gholston; and numerous other relatives, her church family and friends. We mourn Jackie’s departure on Thursday, March 29, 2018 but continue to celebrate her life. God has relieved her of her pain, and we know she is in a better place.