Earl Wayne Goodman was born June 6, 1953, to Carl and Felcie Van Vlot Goodman at Capital Hill Hospital. He went to Jefferson Davis Elementary and Webster Junior High. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1972. He was always an active young boy and when he was 5 or 6 and we all went swimming at Twilight Beach, we would give him quarters to dance for us. That boy could move. He loved to walk on his hands and was always joking and entertaining his friends and family. When he was 13, he went to work in a barber shop shining shoes. He loved to hear money jingling in his pockets. We called him "the boogie woogie shoe shine boy." As a family, we placed board games and lots and lots of card games. He always enjoyed this. As a teenager, he took up painting in oils and acrylics. This was his most favorite thing to do. He also enjoyed watching talent shows and westerns on television in later years. Earl was raised in church and believed in Jesus Christ. He loved to read God's word in the Bible. He worked with his brother, Melvin, and sister, Jerry, in office cleaning for a number of years. He worked at Furrs Cafeteria on South Shields for 16 years, up until his health failed. Earl was preceded in death by his father and mother; one brother, Carl William; and four sisters, Betty Weese, Lillie Williams, Jerry Obermeyer and Linda Svendson. He is survived by his brother, Melvin; older sister, Carol Ofinowitz; and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl, you are our loving brother and uncle. We will miss your fun-loving nature and you will always be in our hearts with fond memories.
Published on  September 17, 2014