Norman Eugene Goodwin, born in Hasting, Florida to Ralph Mason, Sr. and Anne Matilda Leonardy on April 27, 1929, left this life May 28, 2013 with his daughter by his side.
He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers, Ralph and Tommy Goodwin two sons, Parke and Scotty Goodwin and Charles and Sara Ringling.
He leaves behind one sister, Rita Lambert of St. Augustine, FL one son, David Goodwin of Deer Park, TX one daughter, Marie Armes and husband Clay of Junction, TX grandson, David Bear Terrell, II of Beaumont, TX granddaughter, Keeley Armes of San Angelo, TX granddaughter, Keisha Jones and her husband Jamey of Brownwood, TX a nephew that was more like a son and our brother, Billy Glisson of St. Augustine, FL five greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict gaining the rank of Sergeant first class before leaving the military in 1953 to come to Texas and run shrimp boats in Brownsville, TX. He returned to Florida upon the death of his son Scotty to become a farmer for his Uncle Doc on the Brighton Indian Reservation, Lykes Brothers Ranch and in Lakeport, Florida. Norman was known to catch a fish or two on Lake Okeechobee. He loved to hunt and fish and passed that love to his sons. He and his dog Bob were famous for hunting hogs to birds in Florida. Norman returned to Texas to become an oil boat captain until he retired, moving to Junction in 1992. Norman would grow the most beautiful flowers and vegetables until his eyesight no longer allowed him to do that. He never missed a sporting event for Bear or Keeley and would talk about them to all who would listen. He was a proud granddaddy. When being told he had cancer in 2010, he replied I will not take any treatments I have lived a good life and I have seen my children and grandchildren grow up and that is all I need. Any project or fundraiser his daughter was active in he was just as active and yall know Marie had many. Many may not know this but he wrote poetry and gifted a book of his poems to his daughter in 1991. Norman maintained his sense of humor until the day he left us.
A visitation with the family will be held from 67:00 PM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Kimble Funeral Home. The family will return to Lake Okeechobee to spread his ashes on the lake he loved in August. Daddy gave us the greatest gift that anyone could give another person, he believed in us and that was all we needed.
The family requests that donations be made to the Kimble County Meals on Wheels, 404 College St. Junction, Texas 76849.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kimble Funeral Home, 325 4463076
Kimble Funeral Home
1010 College Street
Junction, TX 76849
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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