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James Noyl Goodson

Obituary Date: Monday 4th February 2019

James Noyl Goodson, age 98 of Alto, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Born in Alto, Georgia on September 15, 1920, he was a son the late Edwin and Lela Roberts Goodson. Mr. Goodson proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Army.  He was a self-employed mechanic and a member of Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.  Mr. Goodson was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially all of his grandchildren.  He enjoyed going to church and campmeeting, a good meal, socializing, making people laugh, vacationing in Pigeon Forge, hunting and fishing.  

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Erwin Bennett; sons-in-law, Gene Coker and Woodrow Hix; brothers, Coy, Robert, Leon and Guy Goodson; brothers-in-law, Ralph White and Brandon Martin.

Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years, Paralee Wade Goodson of Alto, Georgia; daughters, Claydean Coker and Linda Hix both of Alto; daughter-in-law, Peggy Bennett of Homer; grandchildren, Donna Hix Scott of Alto, Patsy Coker Waldron of Maysville, Reggie Hix of Alto, Tammy Bennett Coffee of White County, Todd Coker of Alto, Mitchell Bennett of White County, Jeremy Coker of Alto, Eric Bennett and Joey Bennett both of Homer; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph & Peggy Goodson of Alto; brother, Howard Goodson of Alto; sisters, Maybell Goodson White and Lavonne Goodson Martin both of Alto; sisters-in-law, Edith Goodson and Margaret Goodson both of Alto; special caregiver, Nicole Coley; special travel companion and Friend, Janell Thompson; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church with Rev. Terry Benfield and Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating. Interment will follow in the Wade Family Cemetery in Alto.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church, P.O. Box 1965, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Date
02/07/2019 at 2:00PM
Funeral Home
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
175 VFW Post Rd, PO Box 725, Cornelia 30531