Vallard Goode (1945 - 2015)

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  • "so sorry to hear about Vallard,we were friends back in late..."
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Vallard Goode was the first born to Alfred and Betty Goode on Sept. 8, 1945. Born at their home in Rheber, Casey County, Kentucky. Four siblings followed: Ronald (Brenda) Goode, Arnold (Karen) Goode, Shirley (Gary) Campbell, and Elizabeth Pelley.
He finished his sophomore year of high school then went into a family business with his father and brothers. The business consisted of farming, logging and owning a sawmill. He wanted to follow the family legacy of farming and could solve math equations faster than a calculator.
He met his wife of 42 years at the local car hop restaurant. After persevering through a fake phone number and several declines, Brenda agreed to go on their first date. Their first date was a stock car race in which he showed off his driving skills. Seven months later he won the race for her heart and they married in May 1972. The following year he purchased his first solo farm.They raised three children together, Angelia (Dominic) Hunter, Robert Ray (Anita) Goode, and Jennifer (Nathan) Franklin; and five grandgirls, Isabella, Amelia, Allie Raye, Sophia, and Stella.
Farming was his passion. He was overly ambitious and progressive in his thinking. He was not afraid to try unorthodox methods and new equipment. He was one of only two farmers in the state of Kentucky that purchased a tobacco cutting machine which now rests peacefully in the field. There was an offer to buy this machine but his response was, "I would just as soon watch it rust through the window."
He loved raising tobacco, Angus cows, and several varieties of crops. He was innovative and resourceful and knew how to manage time and people. He was known for having his left arm darker than the right only because when riding around in his truck "bossing" he would have one arm hanging out the window.
His consulting team were the local "loafers" he would meet at the "Y" country stores where they would discuss current events, gossip between turns at the poker machine, and give advice all while wearing their Red Wing boots These friends are some of the closest and dearest ones he had throughout his life and visited him till the end.
He was also committed to mentoring others who were interested in his trade. He taught them a strong work ethic and truly wanted them to succeed. His expectations were high and his nephews developed a motto for him ? "There is a right way, a wrong way, and then the Goode way."
He was known for random acts of kindness and for quietly giving generously to those in the community. Sometimes when approached by his children who wanted to borrow money he would say, "I made a deal with the bank that I won't lend money if they don't grow tobacco".
One of his proudest moments was when he got his own road named after him, "Vallard Goode Road" and would smile proudly when he would tell people his address.
In the last several years he was truly blessed with the best medical professionals, drivers, and aids that took excellent care of him. He was never known for being an "easy" patient. He had many demands and wasn't afraid to ask or complain. But making him happy and more comfortable always seemed so small in comparison to what a true gift he was to us.
His grandgirls would negotiate with him completing his physical therapy exercises for red popsicles and marshmallows. He didn't meet a food he didn't like and you could often find him at the local Mexican restaurant where he had his own table. His only rule while sharing a meal was that he paid the bill.
He will be missed for many reasons but mainly for his big heart. Sometimes the people with the biggest hearts use theirs up too soon. His heart stopped on July 2, 2015.
Drink all the coffee you can and play checkers with your buddies that went before you. Don't boss the angels too much and get yourself kicked out. Watch over us and thank you for all the lessons you taught us. We love you.
Funeral services were July 6 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Tex Selph officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Greg Goode, Darren Goode, Barren Goode, Michael Goode, James Campbell, Donnie Brown, Freddie Tomas, and Robert Rugar.
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Published in The Casey County News on July 8, 2015