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Clifford Neil Goodman (Neil)




A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Moody Memorial United Methodist Church, with Reverend Charles Bagley officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 5:00 P.M.


Clifford Neil Goodman (Neil), beloved Husband, Father and PawPaw passed away at the age of 81, on June 6, 2014, surrounded by his family. Neil was born in Grundy County, Tennessee on July 8, 1932. His parents moved to Galveston in 1945. Although Neil was not a BOI, he always had the sand between his toes. He attended Galveston Public Schools graduating from Ball High School in 1951. Neil was an active member of the track and field team along with being a football star. After graduation he attended Wharton Junior College, later enlisting into the Army where served until 1955.

Neil was a member of the Machinist Local Lodge #1446 and retired from Union Carbide after 38 years. After retirement, Neil spent most of his time on the golf course or walking collecting cans to cash in for his granddaughter Brieanne’s college fund. He coached his son Brad’s little league team for several years and attempted to coach his daughter Sherilyn’s softball team.
Neil enjoyed several trips with his wife Gwen, brother-in-law Irvin and sister-in-law Betty. Their last adventure all together was an Alaskan cruise. Every July was the annual trip to New Braunsfel where Neil guided Walter and Irvin safely down the river. During the annual Moody fun day, you would find Neil in charge of the popcorn machine.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Hazel Goodman; brother Emmett Goodman and wife Kay; brother-in-law Bobby Gunther, brother-in-law Irvin Guyer; and neighborhood buddy Walter Whiteman.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Gwen (Guyer) Goodman; son Bradley Neil Goodman; daughters Shannan Lynn Rouse (Ronnie), and Sherilyn Marie Wright (Darren); his loving grandchildren Brieanne Elizabeth Rouse, Tyler Charles Caminade and Zachary Neil Caminade; Neil was also so blessed to have a great-granddaughter Addison Grace Miller. Other survivors include his sister Joanne Gunther and brother Reedy Goodman (Wanda); along with numerous nieces, nephews and fellow golf and work buddies.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Maurice Willis and staff at UTMB, Hospice Care Team Linda, Melissa, Mindy and Jessica for their special love and care given to Neil; and a special thanks to the staff at Moody Day School, Sam Caminade and Reverend Charles Bagley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moody Day School, c/o Renee Templer, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77551 or Hospice Care Team, 1708 Amburn Road, Texas City, Texas 77590.