Carol Gravely Atkins Goughnour, 83, died Sunday, August 6, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 11 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church's Fellowship Hall immediately after the service. Interment will take place at a later date in the Gravely site, Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, West Virginia.
A native of Charleston, Mrs. Goughnour was born on June 14, 1934 to William Schaum and Frances Fravel Gravely. She attended the College of William and Mary and was graduated cum laude with a degree in fine arts from West Virginia University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
The mother of seven children, the joys of her life, she moved to Tallahassee in 1955 with their father, Robert L. Atkins, and taught at Elizabeth Cobb Middle School prior to becoming a mother. In addition to her involvement with the children's activities, voluntarism and community organization were always of major interest.
In 2006, she attended her 55th Charleston High School Class reunion and became reacquainted with former classmate, Bob Goughnour, an engineer retired from the E.I. duPont de Nemours. Married in Oct. 2007, they have enjoyed life together in Tallahassee. In recent years, Mrs. Goughnour has been a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Tallahassee Sustainers, Violet Garden Circle, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae, and formerly, the Goodwood Museum and Gardens Board of Directors. A member of the original organizing committee for Red Hills International Horse Trials, she served as co-chair for their marketing and media relations for many years and organized two Parades of Breeds, a crowd favorite. She was privileged to work in the international Media Center for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, held in Lexington, Ky. In addition to many fun family times, enjoying her grandchildren and singing in the Faith Presbyterian choir, her current favorite activity was to return to Lexington each spring and assist in the Media Center for the CCI Four-star Rolex Kentucky Equestrian Championships.
Survivors include her husband, James Robert Goughnour; son James Steven Atkins, II (Leigh), St. George Island; five daughters, Staton Atkins, Page Atkins Hagan (Bruce), Courtney Atkins, Mary Linville Atkins (Stephen Meck), all of Tallahassee, and Bethany Atkins Rice (Alan), Lexington, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Grayson Lee and William McKenzie Hagan, Frances Sabel and Mary Gardner Rice, Resh Bedell and John Stephen "Jack" Meck, Carol Chambers and Robert Atticus Miller.
In addition, she is survived by her brother, William S. Gravely (Pam), Tallahassee and Charleston, W.Va.; nephews, William S. Gravely, III, Crawfordville, and John S. Gravely (Kim), and their children, Ethan and Taylor Gravely, Dunwoody, Ga. Other survivors include stepchildren Robert M. Goughnour (Phyllis), and Tracy G. Aufleger (Chris) of Suwanee, Ga.; Marcia G. Jacelone (Joe), Overland Park, Kansas; and stepdaughter-in-law, Debra M. Goughnour, Wilmington, North Carolina, and nine step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Goughnour was preceded in death by her son, John Thompson Fravel Atkins, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Gravely, and her children's father, Robert L. Atkins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John T. F. Atkins Memorial Scholarship, Marshall University Foundation, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25703, or to Faith Presbyterian Church Music Ministry, 3200 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Fl. 32303.