Eric C. Goolsby

Eric C. Goolsby

May 17, 1960 – Jan 19, 2017

Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Lewis W. and Edith Goolsby. Survived by wife, Gina Goolsby; stepchildren, Jesse Mata and Maggie Mata; grandchild, Haley Mata; siblings: Elmore C. (Gloria), Lewis L. (Carla), Joyce E. McAtee (Darrel), Sharon K. Brown, Janis F. Owens (George), and Ron E.; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

“Caribe” will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame on March 4, 2017.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 27th, 6pm to 8pm at the Bel Air Chapel.  SERVICES Saturday, Jan. 28th, 10am, Bel Air Chapel.  Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials will be directed by the family.




  • Gary and Susan Frager Posted January 25, 2017 3:29 pm

    We were told of this loss. You know I played in Caribe for years with Eric. He was one of the most intuitive musicians I have ever known. I do know that the angels in heaven better get ready for a burst of music and love. I know that a great Spirit is watching over Eric’s family. Rest well, my friend…… Love never dies

  • Bob Augelli Posted January 26, 2017 6:18 pm

    Eric was my bandmate in Caribe , but much more than that, he was my brother. He was a beautiful, talented and kind soul and I will miss him dearly. Everyone who knew Eric loved him and was touched by his friendliness, generosity of spirit and that ubiquitous and infectious smile. He lit up every room he entered, and his eternal spirit will be a light that guides me in my own journey. So sound the trumpets and crank up the percussion, because it’s a party situation in heaven!

  • James & Teresa Thompson Posted January 27, 2017 4:26 pm

    We send our sincere condolences to the entire Goolsby family in this time of great loss. May God be your comfort in your moments of grieving.

  • Anne Dein Posted January 27, 2017 5:31 pm

    My prayers are with you Gina & Eric’ family. May God’s love & strength carry you through this sad time.

  • Leonard Martin Posted January 28, 2017 10:19 am

    Rest in peace Eric. Classmate from High School

    • Greg Gardner Posted January 28, 2017 4:54 pm

      Amen ol friend

  • Lisa and Brian Ketcham Posted January 28, 2017 10:29 am

    Gina, our sincere condolences to you and Eric’s family with his passing. We pray that the Lord will comfort you as only He can, and surround you with peace and beautiful memories of the love you two shared. Our “HyVee happy hour” memories with you two will always be treasured.

  • Greg Gardner Posted January 28, 2017 3:32 pm

    Gina and Eric’s family, may the peaceful memory of Eric carry you through these difficult times. He is a shining light, and I am grateful for his friendship.

  • Gregory Dowdell Posted January 28, 2017 8:23 pm

    I grew up with Eric and I just want to say rest easy man!!

  • Wendy Wyatt Matousek Posted January 29, 2017 4:06 pm

    I had the honor of knowing Eric in high school. We were in a band called Orion. He always had that gorgeous grin on his face and I never heard him say an ill word about anyone. Everybody loved Eric. I am so very sorry that you lost him at such a young age. We were all so lucky to have known him. And I am happy that he met you Gina. xo

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