James Carl Goodson, age 78, passed away peacefully at home and received his heavenly reward surrounded by family and friends. James, a long-time educator with Blount County Schools, touched many lives during his teaching tenure and influenced both educators and education alike. He started his teaching career in Arkansas before coming back home to Maryville. He first taught at Chilhowee View Elementary School before going to teach at Walland Middle School until his retirement in 1998. He is preceded in death by his parents Oscar (Doc) and Betty Goodson; sisters-Roxie Alexander, Georgia Collins, Susie Long; brothers-Charles (Buck) Goodson, Sammie Goodson; beloved nephews-Bob Roulette, Charles (Charlsie) Goodson, Jr.; niece-Judy Goodson Key; brother-in-law-Jimmy Jett. James is survived by sister Carrie Jett; brothers Donald Goodson (Pat), Oscar Goodson (Marjorie), Ralph Goodson (Vickie). Michael Alexander (Kara) was a special nephew to James as he helped rear Micheal most of his life. James also had three special children who called him “Papaw”: Khloe and Hunter Alexander and Jesse Thomas. James has a great number of nieces and nephew some of who helped care for him these past few weeks: Shirley Roulette, Paul and Wanda Walker, Sandy Shipwash, Bill and Donna Thomas, Timmy Frye, Teresa Creasy (Shane), Mary and Johnny Ward, Raphie Goodson (Amy) and many more great-nieces and nephews. James Goodson was blessed with two families, one by blood and another by friendships. He treasured his teaching buddies just as much as he did his family. They would meet for parties, fun, eating out and fellowship. They were there for him as much as he was for them. He would want to acknowledge Novella and Howard Hull, Beverly and Mark Griffith, Betty Best, Harry Sullivan, Bill and Selma Powell, Lloyd and Rachel Valentine, Allen and Sue Martin, Anne and Dan Blevens, Jeanne Ridenour and Kathy Hunt along with special friends Donnie and Betty Bales. Special thanks to Blount Memorial Hopsice, especially his nurse Tabitha and Dr. Scott Gardner for their expert care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Blount County Education Foundation. A Home Going Celebration will be held Friday, August 9th at the Alcoa Maryville Church of God, 2615 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville at 6:00 PM. Rev. Herschell Baker, one of Mr. Goodson’s former students, will lead the celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend as James just wanted everyone to enjoy each other. Arrangements by Cremation By Grandview, 865-738-0244, www.cremationbygrandview.com
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