T.C. Goodman

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T.C. Goodman LUBBOCK- T.C. Goodman, 91, of Lubbock passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012. T.C. was born in the Center Community in Floyd County, Texas to Thomas and Mary Goodman, and lived in the nearby Sandhill community until moving to Ft. Worth in 1933. He worked delivering telegrams by bicycle, later delivering for a drug store by motorcycle, and grooming mules for auction at the Ft. Worth Stockyards, until joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. He joined the Army in 1940 and had a military career in the Army and Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1962. While in Texas after WWII, T.C. met Clara Cozby and their romance resulted in marriage in June of 1946. They enjoyed 64 wonderful years of sharing life until Clara's death in March 2011. During his military career T.C. fought in the Pacific during WWII, was stationed in Japan during the Korean War, and spent a year in Vietnam before retiring. While stationed in Japan T.C. was a radio operator for Generals MacArthur, Ridgway, and Clark. Upon his Air Force retirement in 1962, T.C. moved his family to Lubbock and worked for the Texas Highway Department where he became a Communications Superintendent until his medical retirement in 1975. At that time, his cardiologist predicted he would not live more than 5 years, but as T.C. often said, God was good to him and gave him many more years. T.C. and Clara enjoyed traveling with their trailer and friends throughout the US. T.C. relished the little things in life and marveled daily at his many blessings, including loved ones, friends, church fellowship, and God's natural creations. T.C. was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry; his wife; his parents; sisters, May, Myrtle, Addie, Chris, Allene and Beth; brother, Otha; and son-in-law Paul Detmore. T.C. is survived by children, Bruce Goodman and wife Anne of Rio Rancho, N.M., Linda Nichols and husband Nick of Germantown, Tenn., and Nancy Detmore of Missouri City, Texas; grandchildren, Valerie Wrede and husband James of Puyallup, Wash., Shelley Kestner and husband James of Seattle, Wash., Anne Schmitt and husband Eric of Memphis, Tenn., Elizabeth Hawkins and husband Charles of Memphis, Tenn., Brad Detmore and wife Sarah of Katy, Texas, and Mackenzie Carpenter and husband Matt of Missouri City, Texas; great-grandchildren, Alex and Rachel Wrede, Katherine Schmitt, and Heidi and Asa Kestner. T.C. also leaves much loved nieces, nephews, and many friends. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Highland Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Highland Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 12, 2012
T.C. Goodman
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