Larry Wyman Goodson, 83, of McGehee, passed away on August 29, 2017.
He was a graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a Civil Engineering degree. He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 34 years and was an Area Engineer of the McGehee office. He supervised construction contracts for the south and southeastern part of the state. He was inducted into the Corps of Engineers Hall of Fame.
Mr. Goodson was a member of the Gideon’s International and very active in mission work, helping build churches in Colorado, New Mexico, and Indiana. He was a member of First Baptist Church of McGehee.
Mr. Goodson was the most gentle man with utmost integrity and compassion. He had the ability to make people feel like the most important person in the world and treated everyone equally. He made every situation a little bit lighter and brighter. He was a devoted husband and treasured his family and cherished spending time with them whether it was camping, hunting arrow heads or just sitting on the back porch.
Mr. Goodson was a longtime Gideon who took every opportunity to share his faith with others. He didn’t really have to say much to share his faith, his actions said more than words ever could. The bar was set high with Larry Goodson and he will be greatly missed.
He was born on February 1, 1934 to the late Curtis David Goodson and Abby Lorene Gillespie Goodson.
Other than his parents, Mr. Goodson was preceded in death by his grandson, Aubrey Hopson.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Love Goodson; sons, David Edward Goodson of Arkadelphia and Jonathan Kent (Jennifer) Goodson of Milan, Tennessee; a daughter, Laura Goodson (Wayne) Leek of McGehee; sister, Dorothy Bartley and the late Albert Bartley of Temple, Texas; grandchildren, Eme Hopson, Andrew Goodson, Drake Goodson, Olivia Leek, Jake Goodson, Chase Goodson and Julianna Goodson.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 30, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, at First Baptist Church of McGehee with Dr. Ed Balducci and Rev. Jerry Parker officiating. Burial will be at Tillar Cemetery in Tillar.
Memorials may be made to Youth World Changers Mission Trip, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654 and The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.