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09/23/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Sonny Goodson

Robert Kennard Goodson, Jr.
(20 July 1948 -  21 Aug 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was distressed today to learn of the death of another Typhoon. Sonny Goodson, Class of 1966, brother of Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the age of 72. 

From the Daily Press - 09/23/20:

  Robert K. Goodson, Jr.


    NEWPORT NEWS - Robert K. Goodson, Jr. (Sonny), 72, of Williamsburg, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Born in Newport News, Virginia, on August 21, 1948, to Robert K. Goodson, Sr., and Helen L. Goodson, he is predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Allan Nisbet.

Sonny is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy; sister, Frances Wang, of Ellicott City, and loving children: Chris (Mandy) Goodson of Staunton, Amy (Dan) Terrasa, and Katie (Perron) Singleton of Williamsburg. Also surviving Sonny are his grandchildren, his pride and joy: Henry and Reese Goodson, Aaron and Isabel Terrasa, and, his special sweetheart, Eleanor Singleton.

Granddaddy was a man much respected and loved by his grandkids. His brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Allen and Kathi Evans, were also special to him. Three nephews and a niece also survive Sonny.

Sonny Goodson
  Sonny retired from HII/Newport News Shipbuilding after 42 years of service. Some of his many accomplishments include graduation from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and obtaining a Bachelor's Degree from St. Leo College at age 50. He will be missed by many shipyard buddies.

Sonny and Nancy were high school sweethearts, marrying at 18 and enjoying 53 years of fun and adventure. After retirement, they enjoyed many years of traveling in Europe and all over the United States. They also enjoyed reading, Busch Gardens, UVA sports, cheering on their grandkids in activities, and their favorite weekly walks down Duke of Gloucester Street. Nancy promised Sonny that they would hold hands again in heaven.

As a 40-year member of Liberty Baptist Church, Sonny enjoyed serving as an usher and greeter before his disease progressed. He loved the Lord and was baptized reaffirming his commitment in February 2019.

The family would like to thank Missy, Brittany, Shannon and all those at Commonwealth Senior Living who provided loving care and comfort to enrich Sonny's stay there.

A private family service will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020. Celebration of a well-lived, and much-loved life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA, 30047, or Liberty at York River, 8201 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, 23188.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on September 23, 2020.
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September 22, 2020 

Sonny was always a delightful and genuine person. My memories of him are all based on those characteristics, even though both of us were just 18 years old. We are very sorry for your loss....may your wonderful memories live with you forever.

~ Michael and Wanda Evans

September 23, 2020 

I haven’t seen Sonny in years, but I remember him as a great guy. He was always upbeat and welcoming. My condolences to his family.

~ Bill Roth

September 23, 2020 

Sonny was always a lot of fun and I always remember him smiling! We were classmates in the Newport News High School class of 1966. Praying for you all as you adjust to life without his physical presence.

September 23, 2020

So sorry to read of Sonny’s passing. He was such a fun-loving, happy guy, always with a smile! The world needs more people like him!

~ Eleanor Milne Kenitzer

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Sonny's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Thine Be the Glory

Words by Edmond Louis Budry
(30 Aug 1854 - 12 Nov 1932)

Music by George Frideric Handel, 1947
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)


Thine be the glory, risen, conq’ring Son;
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conq’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

"Thine Be the Glory" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/30/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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