Retired Capt. Alfred A. Goode Sr., of Amelia, Va., was called home to join his Heavenly Father in the early morning hours of July 1, 2014, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va. Alfred was born on April 30, 1956, at Kenner Army Hospital in Fort Lee, Va.
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He was preceded in death by his son, Alfred A. Goode Jr.; grandson, Angel M. Balli; father, retired Lt. Col. Carl M. Goode Sr.; sister, Pearl A. Goode; and his mother-in-law, Evangelist Lucy M. Robinson.
Alfred leaves behind, his devoted wife, Beverly Goode; two daughters, Michelle Balli (Nicholas) and Melodie Goode; mother, Mildred A. Goode; brother, Carl Goode Jr. (Magdalene); sister, Sachiko S. Goode; grandsons, Nicholas Balli and Roman Balli; father-in-law, Sterling Woodard (Joyce); and a host of other family and friends.
Alfred was a special man who had a heart of gold and never met a person he didn't welcome into his home and heart. Alfred was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., and was an ordained deacon of the church.
He and his siblings helped to integrate Petersburg Public School System by being one of the first black students to be enrolled. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1974. He enlisted in the United States Army and was accepted to West Point Military Academy. He attended Virginia State College (VSU) where he was the second lieutenant ROTC Cadet Commander and his unit was recognized as the top ROTC in the country. He was the original organizer of the Blades and Swords Honor Guard and was in the Quartermaster Corps. In 1981, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army. After medically retiring, he went on to open several businesses under the umbrella of A.A. Goode Enterprises Inc. He was active in the community, participating in several private and civic organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Petersburg Booster Club, The Wheelchair Foundation and others.
Alfred was known for his unmatched charity, lavish parties, sharp dress, grand laugh, unique surprises and most of all, his kind heart.
Services for retired Capt. Alfred A. Goode Sr. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Jeffrey L. Reaves Sr., pastor, Dr. James I. Johnson Jr., pastor of Crusade for Christ, Richmond, Va., eulogist, and the Rev. Terry O. Johnson officiating. Interment to follow at Maury Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
Wake services will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2611 Bells Road, Richmond, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Goode at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Monetary donations in memory of retired Capt. Alfred A. Goode Sr. may be made at http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/alfred-a-goode-sr-memorial-fund/198452.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from July 6 to July 10, 2014