Mr. Gooden was truly a genuine great man.
As I reminisce, I have always thought in some sort of way he probably saved me from making the mistake of my life when I was thinking about giving up on school.
In 1976 I was a perfect know-it-all teenager and thought the world was here every bit to cater to me.
I remember telling Mr. Gooden – “I Quit!”
As I was getting ready to walk out the door… he said calmly… since you quit and now you really have nothing to do today, then you got time to sit and talk awhile. Short story is... I decided it was better to just suck it up and behave.
I believe that, at that time, had he not cared and said something, I would have kept on walking.
Yes, I was a receiver on his back swing as well and honestly, I still believe I deserved every bit of what I got.
R.I.P. Mr. Gooden
I found out after all the services or i would have shown up. Very sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with you and your family Mark. Sandy Lawrence (Czarnecki).
My condolences to the Gooden family - Mike, Mark, Susan and all for the loss of your Dad, Tim Gooden, Jr. I thoroughly enjoyed assisting and taking care of him at Memorial Hospital. Prayers for Peace to the Gooden family.
Thinking of the family at this time.
Your friends at CUMC
He was a good friend of my Dad's. He was my favorite teacher..good ole Tennessee history class. Coach Gooden was a class act and will be missed by many as he touched many lives and molded many students into the succesful people they are today. R.I.P.