Sherman - Michael Glenn Goforth, of Sherman, Texas, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, September 11th after a brief illness. Michael was born on July 15, 1949. Michael lived life to the fullest with big smiles, laughter, and a love for people. He was loved by many! To some , he was known as the "Woo-Hoo"man and his encouragement was a blessing to you. To others he was known as a great speaker and you listened to many of his Toast Master speeches over the years. Some knew him as a wonderful singer and his love for Christian music and you sang with him on numerous occasions. Still others knew him as the most talented pianist they had ever heard and you might be one of the many that he played the piano for your wedding or your party or maybe just a Sunday afternoon play and sing session. Fred, his little Shih Tzu, knew him as his most trusted friend. Then there was the title of Uncle Mike and brother for those who knew him as an uncle or brother who loved them greatly and the love was greatly returned. However you knew him, you will never forget that big personality and his love for life.
Mike was active in Toast Masters and Singing Men of Texas. He was a member of the Sherman Kiwanis. He played the piano and led music in several churches over the years. He sold many pieces of furniture over the years as well and loved to help decorate the homes of those who purchased furniture from him. He was a Sherman Bearcat, Class of 1967, and loved his Bearcats. He had a love for the Baylor Bears as no other. He recently learned that requirements for graduation have changed over the years and after submitting a request received his diploma and was officially a graduate of Baylor University's class of 1971 with a degree in Music Education. But more importantly, he was a Christian and is singing and playing every piano he can find in Heaven as he sings praises to Jesus whom he loved dearly.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his parents, Homer and Katherene Goforth. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Tim Johnson of Sherman, Texas. He is also survived by his three nephews and their families who were the pride of his heart – Kraig and Heather Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Nathan, Katy, Ty, and Jolee Johnson of Sherman, Texas; and Ben, Ashley, Kasyn, Rhett, and Kolt Johnson of Sherman, Texas. Other survivors are a host of cousins, family, and especially the many, many friends he collected during his life who were his Chosen Family.
We would love for you to join us in a celebration of a life well lived on Wednesday, September 15th at 2:00 PM at Forest Avenue Baptist Church of Sherman, Texas. There will be a time of seeing Michael one last time and visiting with the family from 1-2 at the church, followed by the Celebration of Life and burial at Cedarlawn Cemetery next to his mother and father. We would ask for the protection of others that you wear a mask and social distance. If you are unable to join us, the service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/forestavenuebaptistchurch
Memorials can be given to the building fund of Forest Avenue Baptist Church. This was Michael's home church from birth – the one that helped to grow him into the Christian musician that he was, the one who taught him about Jesus, the one place he always came back to and called home. The church is in the process of turning the old sanctuary that Michael was baptized in into a family life center to continue the ministry of reaching families and young people for Christ.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven.
Posted online on September 13, 2021