A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Crestwood Funeral Home for Matthew Paul Goddard, 45, who died Wednesday, March 27, at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. Pastor Jim Bentley will officiate.
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Matthew served in the Army National Guard during Desert Storm.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter C. Goddard.
He is survived by his mother, Mickie Goddard, Gadsden; sister, Jody Maddox Swentner of Owensboro, Ky.; three sons, Blaine (Lauren) Goddard, Josh Goddard and Jordan Goddard, all of Gadsden, and chosen son, Jace Ellis; granddaughters, Emma and Ella Goddard of Gadsden; niece, Keeley Maddox, Owensboro, Ky.; uncle, Rusty Wilson of Lee's Summit, Mo.; two special women, Jennifer Chastain and Laurel Austin.
For the past few years, Matt was the loving caregiver to his grandmother, the late Walcie Wilson. Matt was an avid sports fan and loved Auburn football, WAR EAGLE!
All who knew Matt will remember his love for life and his endless ability to make people laugh. His family loved him dearly and will miss his warm and caring spirit always and forever.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Matthew Paul Goddard Memorial Fund at any Regions Bank location.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 until 6 p.m.
Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home - Gadsden
2209 East Broad Street Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 1, 2014