“Mark” Goodson , born in Little Rock AR. June 4, 1940
Completed his life on Earth May 18, 2016, after a long and valiant fight
with cancer. He was preceded in death by his Father, Macklin Goodson,
Mother, Marceleet Leonard and Step-father, J.D. Leonard.
is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Betty “Keathley”
Goodson, daughters; Lori Frese ( Jacob), Denise Laster (Steven), son;
Dean Goodson and his “bonus children”; step-sons; Steven Crowder,
Thomas Crowder, step-daughter; Christi Andrews, grand-children; Ashley
and Spencer Cunningham, Hannah, Marissa, and Rachel Laster, Skylar and
Tristan Goodson, Nicole Pearcy (Clay), Chris Crowder, Kayla Stephens (
Ryan), Carolanne Crowder, Chase, Cody, and Payton Andrews, and special
great-grandson, Tyler Holt; his sister Maureen Bledsoe, the Mother of
his children; Trisha Goodson, Aunts Louella Beasley, Myrline Jernigan,
and Juanita Avery, sisters-in-law Gail Keathley, Carolyn Hobbs, Lisa
Hicks (James), by loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of other
relatives and friends.
was known affectionately by high school and college friends as
Mark graduated from Little Rock Central High in 1958 and attended both
UALR and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He served in the US
Marine Corp and Arkansas National Guard. Mark had several careers; truck
driver, Sales in the trucking industry, and Farmers Insurance Agent.
After retirement he began his favorite career as an Independent
contractor; delivering “Hot Shot” loads all over the country. When
his health began to fail, he delivered medical supplies inside the
state; his way of giving back he said.
was a member of Sherwood Jaycees, the Sherwood Rotary Club; served as
its President, and in 1990 was honored by the club with the Paul Harris
Fellow award for his work in implementing the Meals on Wheels Program in
the Sherwood area. Mark truly loved getting to know and care for the
elderly in our community. Mark and Betty served on the R.A.I.N. team of
Good Shepherd UMC, where they cared for people living with Aids. Mark
also served for several years as Treasurer of Arkansas Woodworkers and
loved creating in his shop (mostly sawdust he said), which was always
open for others to use. He and Betty were members of the American Bell
Association and enjoyed traveling to all parts of the country for the
National conventions. He served in several positions with ABA, the most
recent as their Advertising Chairman for the magazine The Bell Tower.
was most important to Mark; Betty and his children most of all, but he
had a huge heart and considered a great number of people as his extended
family: his church family, his friends in the American Bell Association,
and many others he met and kept as forever friends along the way. Mark
was a member of First United Methodist Church, North Little Rock where
he was a member of the Builders Class.
His family will miss his smile, his story-telling and most of all his
unconditional love, but would like to thank Dr. John Hayes, Dr,
Frederick Bentley, Dr Kewen Jauss, the wonderful nurses at LR
Hematology/Oncology and Arkansas Hospice for giving us so many extra
years with him because of your skills and loving care.
The Memorial Service will be at First United Methodist Church, North
Little Rock , Friday May 27th at 1:00 pm with visitation and reception
to follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to First United Methodist Church 6701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. No.
Little Rock, AR 72116 or a charity of your choice. Services entrusted to
Arkansas Cremation. Guests may register at www.ArkansasCremation.com.