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Colonel William Garland Goodman, 80, United States Army, retired, passed away on May 13, 2012, at Suncoast Hospice House-Brookside in Palm Harbor, FL.
A memorial service will be held at the Little White Chapel in Palm Harbor, FL on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends before the service from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A burial with full military honors will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans
DAV Memorial Program,
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301
Gulf Coast State College Military Park
Attn: Development Office,
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Colonel Goodman was born on September 30, 1931, in Enterprise, AL. He was the eldest son of Lalar Sikes Goodman and Garland H. Goodman, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by his brother, James Allen; and his sister, Dorothy Goodman Striplin. He graduated University of Alabama in 1953, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry and as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.
William is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ann Abraham Farr and four children: David Garland Goodman of Enterprise, AL; Patricia Goodman Glazier (Bernard) of New Brockton, AL; Michael Allen Goodman (Yvonne) of Clinton, MO and Tracy Reep Sewell (Frank) of Panama City Beach, FL; and daughter-in-law, Jan Whitehead Goodman of Tallahassee, FL. He is also survived by four children by marriage, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Colonel Goodman served in the 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division, Alabama National Guard from 1948 to 1950. He was ordered to active duty July 2, 1953, prior to the end of the Korean War. Colonel Goodman earned a regular Army Commission as a First Lieutenant in 1956 and served in 11 different locations in the United States and on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon. He also served overseas: in Germany, with the 4th Infantry Division and the 69th Artillery Group as a Hawk Missile Battalion Commander (1954-1956) and Acting Group Commander (1969-1970); in Korea (1961-1962) with the 1st Cavalry Division on the DMZ and with the United Nations Military Armistice Commission with duties in Seoul and Panmunjom; and in Vietnam (1970-1971) as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Ministry of National Defense. Colonel Goodman was the recipient of many military merits, awards and honors.
Colonel Goodman retired from the Pentagon in 1974, and returned to Enterprise, AL, before moving to Panama City Beach to start a successful second career as a realtor and investor, including working as the Director of Sales for Pinnacle Port Condominiums through the early 1980s.
William was a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Military Officers Association of America, the National Association of Uniformed Services, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Above all he was a student, soldier, patriot, husband and father.
Published in Panama City News Herald on May 18, 2012