Rocky D. Goode
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Rocky D. Goode

Knoxville - Rocky D. Goode, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on November 18, 2019 from complications of Frontotemporal Degeneration at the age of 66. Rocky loved the Lord, his family, his friends, his community, his church family at Concord United Methodist Church, and the game of football with all his heart. He had a humble servant's heart, and never truly realized how special and extraordinary he was. Rocky was a graduate of Bearden High School, where he earned the 1972 State Football Player of the Year and was an All-American. He went on to play for The University of Tennessee and his life-long love affair with football led him to a successful career as an SEC official for over 25 years, as well as a popular spot on sports talk radio. He was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Rocky was a Vol For Life! He gave of his time, money and talents; always serving on various boards and charity organizations- over 25! His success was a result of hard work and a desire to help others. Rocky was a "rules guy" and always did the right thing. He had relationships with some of the biggest celebrities both local and beyond, but he always remained his genuine, true self and treated everyone the same. Rocky was also a trusted businessman who was the #1 National Producer multiple times as an insurance broker. Rocky enjoyed a career of 30 plus years with Willis, retiring as Sr. Executive Vice President for the Knoxville office. He enjoyed golf. His tireless work with the Patricia Neal Golf Classic for the 35 years of it's existence, including several as the tournament Chair, as well as his involvement with the Knox Open, was instrumental in bringing professional golf to our area. It would be impossible to publish all his accomplishments, awards, and achievements here, but suffice it to say that he has heard, "well done, thy good and faithful servant"

Rocky is survived and will be forever missed by his loving and devoted wife, LaDonna Parrott-Goode; parents, Ben and Evelyn Goode; sister, Deborah Shepherd (Alan); brother, Mike Goode; loving special aunt, Evelyn Goode Miller; children, Emily Goode, Ryan Goode (Cayla); step-son, Jackson Venable; grandchildren, Lincoln Anderson Goode and his mother Anne Marie Morestead, of Warner Robins, GA, Vaylen Goode; mother-in-law, Mildred Parrott of Lake City, TN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

The family will Receive Friends on Tuesday, November 26th from 5:00-7:00pm at Concord United Methodist Church. The Funeral Service will begin at 7:00pm, with Rev. Wil Cantrell and Rev. Larry Trotter officiating. We will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a Graveside Service on Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00am. Pallbearers will be Danny Moon, Jeff Goode, Adam Tyler, Justin Goode, Jim Reed and Billy Good. His Local SEC brothers will act as honorary pallbearers: Bert Ackerman, Terry Brown, Joe Dawson, Mack Gentry, Gerald Hodges, Doug Linebarger, and Eddy Powers. The family wants to acknowledge Rocky's special friends, Patrick Birmingham, Jon Burnette, Harry Call, George Calloway, Chuck Cavalaris, Ted Hall, Bill Hamilton, Alan Hill, Travis Hill, Allen Holman, Jimmy Hyams, Chad Mountain, Raef Smith, Tony Spezia and Tony Stubbs. A big thank you goes to all the special caregivers who assisted him during his illness both at home and at Parkwest Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Frontotemporal Degeneration foundation at theaftd.org, Patricia Neal Foundation at patneal.org, or Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley at bgctnv.org in Rocky's memory. Rose Mortuary, Mann Heritage Chapel is honored to serve the Goode family and invites you to view and sign the guestbook at rosemortuary.com.





Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24, 2019.
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I knew Rocky for many years, he was a great friend to the end !!! He was a gifted athlete and SEC official !!! He gave back more than he received in life !!! Will be missed but never forgotten !!!
CWO Chaplain Billy Bates
Friend
November 18, 2020
Dear family,

I had the honor and privilege to have worked with Rocky since the 1980's in the Insurance Business. When I left a meeting with him I always felt lifted up and appreciated his wisdom/advice!

God Bless,

Jeff Erickson
jeffrey Erickson
December 17, 2019
Dear Goode family, my brother and I grew up on the same street. Rocky was a wonderful kind man their house was always the fun house and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Our hearts go out to all of you at this difficult time. Sending prayers & God's love to Mrs.Goode, Ryan, and Emily
Love, The Hildebrand family
Jessica Hildebrand
November 27, 2019
So sorry to hear of Rocky passing. Our heart felt condolences to the family. He will be missed but our memories of him will be everlasting. Our prayers are with the Goode family.

Earl and Phyllis Brummitt
November 26, 2019
Suzanne Laine
November 26, 2019
Rocky, this candle is to say that I will always remember the light you brought into our lives.
Aunt Evelyn
Evelyn Miller
November 26, 2019
I am pleased to call Rocky my friend and fellow official. I am going to miss you. Your family will be in my prayers and I know God will touch them with his healing hand. Rest in peace.
Johnny Crawford
November 25, 2019
I worked with Rocky early in my career and he always made people feel special and was a man of great character. My prayers are with you.
Stephanie Fulmer
November 25, 2019
Had the honor and pleasure to work with Rocky as he helped us provide good health insurance at City of Alcoa. He was one of the good guys and became a friend. He was always positive, solution-oriented, and down right fun to work with. He left the world a better place.
With sincere thoughts for his family.
C.L. and Kim Overman
November 25, 2019
Bradley Bower
November 25, 2019
What a sweet man! He was my "boss" for a bit at Corroon & Black. Prayers for strength & comfort for his family and all that he knew and loved.
Rhonda Powell Hood
November 24, 2019
I used to call on Rocky and his co workers at Willis, and I much appreciated the fact that Rocky ALWAYS had time to visit with me. He made me feel welcome. I have wonderful memories of those days. May Rocky Rest In Peace.
David Stamps
November 24, 2019
Knew Rocky well in the Insurance business. He was the Best!! Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Timothy Mccomas
November 23, 2019
Sorry to of our loss. The Young Family
November 22, 2019
I will miss him very much from Monday's lunches at Wrights, driving him to and from UT basketball games, picking up my phone call him to ask/clarify info. about a football rule, to bringing up the "remember when we were playing ball at UT and so and so did this and did that."..all with lots of laughter!!
November 22, 2019

LaDonna, John and I were sadden to hear of Rocky's passing. We send our condolences to you, Jackson and his family. Rocky had the "best" caregiver and that would be you, Ladonna. He trusted and depended on you getting the best care for him and you did willingly.
Marcy Parrott Lay
November 22, 2019
Rocky was a high school hero for many younger football players who watched him play. I always kept up with his successful career and was a inspiration to see him. God bless his family He will not be forgotten.
Jay Witt
November 22, 2019
Our sympathy to Rocky's wife and family during this sad time. Rocky was indeed a friend to all the members and staff at Fox Den CC. We will all miss him. With respect, Dan and Diane Kaschak
Diane Kaschak
November 21, 2019
RIP Rocky. You will be missed by the many friends and colleagues you've touched over the years. I'll always remember the softball games many years ago.
Tom Bryson
November 21, 2019
It was a pleasure to work with Rocky at Willis for many years and I always appreciated the time we spent together, whether a simple phone discussion, in depth business planning, or some real fun at an Exceptional Producers Council event. Rocky will be missed by many.
Ric Miller
November 21, 2019
Rocky was a great friend who could always be counted on. He will be missed but always remembered not just fir the good times but also for his kindred spirit
Tony Spezia
November 21, 2019
Rocky and his team at Willis were always a delight to work with over the years.

We will all miss him at Fox Den CC, he was always a fun and energetic member, and great to be with.

Knoxville and UTK sports and the SEC have lost a great friend and professional.

Drew MacDonald
Royal Brass & Hose
Drew MacDonald
November 21, 2019
Ladonna and family,

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Terry and Melissa Brown
November 21, 2019
Arland and Sheri York
November 20, 2019
Arland and Sheri York
November 20, 2019
Rocky was a blessing for the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. He understood our mission and was very compassionate about us as we were about his participation. I will miss him and his energy. He never knew a stranger. We talked about spirituality and a Christ centered life. As Acts 20:24 says, I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and ministry... Rocky job well done and thank you. We were blessed to have our lives cross.
In Christ,
AL Kaye
November 20, 2019
ALAN Williams
November 20, 2019
RIP Rocky, your advice years ago was very helpful, your candor will be missed.
Ken Hardway
November 20, 2019
Ben,Evelyn and all the family, we are so sorry Rocky has left us so soon. He was such a great person and he will be missed. Praying God will wrap His loving arms around all of you and ease your pain. This is just a short separation but one day soon we will see our loved ones again, on the other side. We love all of you!
Gene & Linda Hankins
November 20, 2019
RIP Rocky, i enjoyed your candor many years ago,thank you for the advice you gave.
Ken Hardway
November 20, 2019
Thanks for everything, Rock! You'll be missed and remembered always!
Alan White
November 20, 2019
RIP Rocky! Rocky was my big brother at Lambda Chi at UT. Rocky was bigger than life, not just his physical size, and we had many great times at UT. He was a great athlete, mentor and friend. We reconnected a few times over the years which was great. He will be missed by many and will live on in the many unique stories of his life. Condolences to his wife, family, and friends.
Chuck Lowe
November 20, 2019
I worked with Rocky at Willis. Rocky was always a pleasure to be around and I know how much he will be missed. I know you are making everyone abide by the rules who are playing football in Heaven. Praying for the family and his friends as we mourn the loss of a great man! RIP, my friend, you are whole again!
Angie Palko
Friend
November 20, 2019
Rocky, you and your family were so very important to me growing up. You were always so good to those of us younger kids in the neighborhood. Even after my family moved away, I was so proud to tell people we were neighbors when I was a young girl. Mr. and Mrs. Goode, Debbie, and Mike, I am so sorry. My heart and my prayers are with you and Rocky's family and his friends and everyone whose life he touched. I am so blessed my life is one of them!
Linda Ayers Banks
November 20, 2019
RIP my good friend. Friends since 6 yrs. old. You will be missed!!
Cathy McTeer
November 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers
Sara Pixkey
November 19, 2019
Tony and Linda Hufham
November 19, 2019
RIP ROCKY, You will be missed by many people!
Daryl Cole
November 19, 2019
Ronnie & Pat Dunlap
November 19, 2019
Sue Dunlap-Tarwater
November 19, 2019
We go back a long way,God Bless and you will be missed.I wish the family all the best and hope God soothes your pain
Steve Curry
November 19, 2019
Minister Billy & Renee' Bates
November 19, 2019
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