Claudia Whitter Goodnight

Claudia Whitter Goodnight Claudia was born September 8, 1919, to Carrie and Claude Whitter in Winnsboro, Texas and left us on December 1, 2012 to walk with the angels and the loved ones who have gone on before her. She met Charles "Charlie" M. Goodnight, Sr. in Dallas, Texas and there began a courtship that would endure a lifetime. They married May 30, 1942 and shared 53 glorious years together. They settled in Austin, Texas at the close of World War II. Dedicated to each other and to family, they enjoyed each and every stage of their lives together. From Dallas where they and the Cavaliers danced to Glen Miller and Benny Goodman to Austin where, with the help of friends and business associates, they were instrumental in building a beautiful community we now call South Austin, Claudia and Charlie cast their mark everywhere they went. Claudia will be remembered for her devotion to family as well as her generosity and grace. Her grandchildren will always cherish her feisty personality and her keen sense of micro-management. Always a lady, she was a real woman first. Charlie's "Princess" will remain in our hearts forever. Claudia is survived by her adoring children: Dean Goodnight and wife, Shawn; Susan Goodnight Pond and husband, Willard; and her daughter-in-law Darlene Pruitt Goodnight. She was blessed with nine grandchildren: Damon Goodnight, Pruitt Goodnight, Boomer Goodnight, Will Pond, Paul Pond, Jonathan Pond, Priscilla Pond, Jeremiah Pond, and Madeleine Goodnight; and six great-grandchildren: Morgan Goodnight, Kennedy Goodnight, Cierra Goodnight, Chance Goodnight, Trey Pond, and Adalyn Pond. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Goodnight; her son, Charles "Boomer" Goodnight; and a grandson, Bailor Goodnight. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The service will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. with interment following the service at Forest Oaks Memorial Park. Visitation and service will be be held at Harrell Funeral Home. Officiating the service will be Dr. Ken Baldwin, Kinney Avenue Fellowship Church. Claudia's grandsons will be serving as pall bearers. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Lupe Aleman and Dorothy Osborne for all their love and devoted care. An additional thanks to Dr. Allen Sonstein and South Austin Medical Center staff for their kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a contribution to the .


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2012