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Charles E. Goodman Obituary
Charles E. "Charlie" Goodman

MOUNT GILEAD: Charles E. "Charlie" Goodman, age 89, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully, Saturday afternoon, March 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family, following over a year long battle with cancer.

On July 23, 1924, Charlie was born in Sylvania, Ohio, one of six children of the late Robert R. and Minnie A. (Merrwine) Goodman. As a family they moved to Mount Gilead in 1925, where he would graduate from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1943.

Shortly after graduation, Charlie began working at the H.P.M. Corporation in Mount Gilead, where he would remain until his retirement in 1989, after 46 dedicated years there. He worked as a stock chaser, a crane operator, a floor sweeper, and retired as a turret lathe operator. Charlie was a member of the H.P.M. Retirees Club, and the Local 1319 IAW.

Charlie was introduced to his future bride, Zella Arndt, by his mutual friend and her brother, Tom. They were married soon thereafter on his birthday, July 23, 1947. During their 53 years of marriage they lovingly raised three sons, and shared a love for traveling. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2001.

A man of deep faith, Charlie was a member of the Bryn Zion Baptist Church, where he has served as a trustee and loved playing dart ball. He also was a member of the Williamsport Grange #1815.

Known for his gift of gab, Charlie could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, and about anything. He truly loved visiting with his family and friends, and they will forever miss his "happy go lucky" personality. One of Charlie's favorite pastimes was mowing. Mowing was where he found peace, solitude and was able to think. It was also where he would process aloud whatever was troubling him, and his family would only get concerned when they could hear him talking over the sound of the lawn mower.

Anyone who knew Charlie, knew how much he enjoyed traveling. He and Zella had visited most of the 50 states, and even had traveled as far as Germany. They were always ready for a road trip in a moment's notice, and the majority of their travels were to visit their family. Always keeping active, Charlie road his bicycle throughout the Williamsport area until he was 86 years old. Stopping to visit with all of his neighbors along his travels.

Most important of all to Charlie was his family. Whenever they needed him, he was there, no matter the circumstances.

He will be dearly missed by his three sons: Norman C. Goodman of North Highland, CA, Daniel R. (Peggy) Goodman, and Leslie D. (Tammy) Goodman, both of Mount Gilead; 11 grandchildren: Michael Goodman, Carrie (Nate) Peeples, Josina (Kerim) Freidrich, Charles L., Robert R., and Quincy N. Goodman, Terri L., Steven E., Kristy L., Cindy L., and Rodney D. Goodman; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, William "Bill" Goodman of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Jean Goodman; three brothers, Earl, James and Chet Goodman; and a sister, Dorothy Sherbourne.

The Goodman family will greet friends from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held there on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Jeff Hubschman officiating. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice and Gideon's International, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Words befitting of Charlie… "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Charlie's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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Published in the Marion Star on Mar. 17, 2014
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