A Celebration of Life
and Love for
Richard Norris Goodman, Sr.
Ben Hill County Commissioner
of Fitzgerald, Georgia
Age: 57 years
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Holsey Chapel CME Church
515 E. Suwanee Street
Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750
Rev. Dr. Leroy E. Dumas, Pastor
Rev. Michael Gaulden, Eulogist
Rev. Samuel Edmonson, Presiding
Pastor, New Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Calvary-Dorminy Mills Baptist Church Cemetery
Ben Hill County, Georgia
Friday, 12 noon - 7:00 p.m.
Visitation with the Family
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Henderson Memorial Chapel
505 E. Central Avenue
Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750
Mr. Richard Norris Goodman, Sr. was born in Ben Hill County, Georgia on September 27, 1953, to the late Mr. Moses Goodman and Mrs. Eva Nell King Goodman.
He graduated in 1971 from Fitzgerald High School. He wasa very active student and played 2nd chair trumpet in the FHS Band. Shortly after graduation, Richard married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Burden. This union has been blessed with two children and 39 years of marriage.
Richard joined the U. S. Navy, served three and one-half years and was honorably discharged. Upon his return home, he was active in his community as a member of the Soul Tornados Motorcycle Club, Englewood Masonic Lodge #399, The NationalBowlers Association and many other organizations.
In 2006, he retired from Delphi Automotive Systems after 31 years of employment. He also owned and operated Prestige Video Productions for 17 years. Additionally, Richard served as a dedicated elected official as Ben Hill County Commissioner representing the Eastern District for the past 12½ years. He was an active member of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Black County Officials.
Richard accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ, as his personal Savior and was serving in the office of deacon at the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Richard was a good provider and a loving, romantic husband. He was a caring and responsible father and grandfather. Richard was always helping the people of our community and enjoyed very minute of it. He became known as a community humanitarian.
On September 25, 2011, he passed from this life into eternal rest to await the sound of “…the trump of God and the voice of the archangel…”.
He leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife, Juanita;
a son, Richard Goodman, Jr. (Lakiera);
a daughter, Carla LaNikki Williams;
two grandchildren: Ryan Lewis and Keontaye Smith;
a mother: Eva Nell Goodman;
one sister: Rosie Pearl Jones of Philadelphia,
one brother: James Melvin Goodman of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
seven aunts: Dorothy Mitchell (Harold) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Lucy Thrower of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Juanita Hamilton of Albany, Georgia; Annie Ruth Stewart of Cleveland, Ohio, Betty Grace Mintz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gail Wimberly and Miranda Carson (Eric) of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
three uncles: Henry King (Nettie) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Samuel Jack King (Teresa) of Savannah, Georgia, and Roosevelt King of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
one niece: Andrea Alexandria Goodman, of South Carolina;
one nephew: Anthony Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
a mother-in-law: Lucille Burden of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
four sisters-in-law: Linda Wallace of Atlanta, Georgia, Ann Battle (Sam) of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Sophia Loren Burden of Miami, Florida, Cissy Jackson (Lee), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
one brother-in-law: Charles Edward Bonner of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
a host of cousins, other relatives and loving friends.
The family of the late Mr. Richard Goodman, Sr. wishes to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for the many acts of kindness shown to us during this bereavement. May God forever bless and keep you is our prayer.
The Goodman Family