Robert K. Goodson Jr.
1948 - 2020
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Robert K. Goodson, Jr. (Sonny), 72, of Williamsburg, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Born in Newport News, Virginia, on August 21, 1948, to Robert K. Goodson, Sr., and Helen L. Goodson, he is predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Allan Nisbet. Sonny is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy; sister, Frances Wang, of Ellicott City, and loving children: Chris (Mandy) Goodson of Staunton, Amy (Dan) Terrasa, and Katie (Perron) Singleton of Williamsburg. Also surviving Sonny are his grandchildren, his pride and joy: Henry and Reese Goodson, Aaron and Isabel Terrasa, and, his special sweetheart, Eleanor Singleton. Granddaddy was a man much respected and loved by his grandkids. His brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Allen and Kathi Evans, were also special to him. Three nephews and a niece also survive Sonny.

Sonny retired from HII/Newport News Shipbuilding after 42 years of service. Some of his many accomplishments include graduation from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and obtaining a Bachelor's Degree from St. Leo College at age 50. He will be missed by many shipyard buddies.

Sonny and Nancy were high school sweethearts, marrying at 18 and enjoying 53 years of fun and adventure. After retirement, they enjoyed many years of traveling in Europe and all over the United States. They also enjoyed reading, Busch Gardens, UVA sports, cheering on their grandkids in activities, and their favorite weekly walks down Duke of Gloucester Street. Nancy promised Sonny that they would hold hands again in heaven.

As a 40-year member of Liberty Baptist Church, Sonny enjoyed serving as an usher and greeter before his disease progressed. He loved the Lord and was baptized reaffirming his commitment in February 2019. The family would like to thank Missy, Brittany, Shannon and all those at Commonwealth Senior Living who provided loving care and comfort to enrich Sonny's stay there.

A private family service will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020. Celebration of a well-lived, and much-loved life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA, 30047, or Liberty at York River, 8201 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, 23188. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


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Published in Daily Press on Sep. 23, 2020.
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October 2, 2020
Ron and I are so sorry to read of the loss of Sonny. We knew Sonny through the friendship that our sons had through high school and college. What a warm and loving family. We are so sorry that Sonny's journey here is now complete. But we also know that your love for him and your cherished memories will always be there for you all. Love,Ron and Phyllis Staples
Phyllis Staples
Friend
October 2, 2020
Robert (Sonny) was a wonderful Christian man and will be missed greatly. He was always smiling and friendly to everyone. I know he was happy to see and be with the Lord. God bless Nancy and his family.
June and Joe Taylor
Friend
September 28, 2020
Prayers to the Goodson family. I have very fond memories of visiting family down in Newport News. Sonny reminds me of my dad, Bill Lawrence. What a good looking man! You are all in my prayers during this time. May you celebrate his life. Sherri and Dennis(Sherri Levesque, Peggy Lawrence's daughter).
Sherri Levesque
September 27, 2020
Sonny was the best brother-in-law I could have ever wished for. His devotion and love for my sister was second to none. He was friendly and a real "down-to-earth" person. Everyone that ever met Sonny knew that he was a good person and would be there if needed. Sonny was able to talk to a newly introduced person as if they knew each other for years. I will always remember Sonny not only as a great husband to my sister, a loving father and grandfather, but also a close and dear friend. We spent many hours together fishing, hunting, having dinner with our lovely wives, or just a friendly visit. My memories of him will be with me forever. Peace be with you and we'll see each other again. Love Bubba
Bubba Evans
Family
September 24, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We were classmates at NNHS. May God give you peace knowing Sonny is not suffering and you will see him again.
John & Cheryl Howard
Friend
September 24, 2020
Nancy and family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. May good memories lead you through your grieving process. Our prayers are with you and family.

Peggy Lawrence and family
Peggy Lawrence
September 23, 2020
Rest well in complete wholeness, Sonny. My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with you, Mrs. Goodson, your children, and beautiful grandchildren.
Christi Blottner
September 23, 2020
Elementary school, high school and can't forget the Boy's Club. Sonny was always around and such a nice person. Prayers for he and his family.
Tommy Jenkins
Classmate
September 23, 2020
I remember Sonny in the years that I worked in the Shipyard (1985-1992). He had a great outlook on life and a witty sense of humor. He gave me the nickname "Hatch" after he found out I had to crawl in through the hatch of my car to get inside when the door locks messed up. He called me "Hatch" the whole time I worked there! My condolences to the family. Sonny was a great guy and I will never forget him!
Alan Bagley
Coworker
September 23, 2020
So sorry to read of Sonny’s passing. He was such a fun-loving, happy guy, always with a smile! The world needs more people like him!
Eleanor Milne Kenitzer
Friend
September 23, 2020
Sonny was always a lot of fun and I always remember him smiling! We were classmates in the Newport News High School class of 1966. Praying for you all as you adjust to life without his physical presence.
Jeanette M. Hornsby
Classmate
September 23, 2020
I haven’t seen Sonny in years but I remember him as a great guy. He was always upbeat and welcoming. My condolences to his family.
Bill Roth
Friend
September 22, 2020
Sonny was always a delightful and genuine person. My memories of him are all based on those characteristics, even though both of us were just 18 years old. We are very sorry for your loss....may your wonderful memories live with you forever.
Michael and Wanda Evans
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