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Donald Wayne Goodman

October 18, 1939 November 5, 2021
Donald  Wayne Goodman
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Obituary for Donald Wayne Goodman

A celebration of Donald's life will occur on

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Camphor United Methodist Church
5620 Wyalusing Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

Viewing: 9:00 -11:00 a.m.

Service: 11:00 a.m.

Life Story

Donald Wayne Goodman, son of the late Weldon Arthur McDougal and Nellie Goodman, was born on October 18, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Donald had six brothers, Weldon McDougal, Gordon McDougal, Ronald Goodman, Bruce Hameed Goodman, Melvyn Goodman and Robert Phillips. Weldon, Gordon and Ronald preceded him in death.

Donald affectionately known as “Butch” grew up surrounded by his parents, siblings and plenty of aunts, uncles, and cousins. His mother made certain her children were baptized at White Rock Baptist Church. In his household, Butch proudly took on the responsibility and care of his younger family members.

In his formative years, Butch attended Belmont Charter School, Sulzberger Junior High School and was a proud graduate of Overbrook High School. Growing up he developed a love of sports and music.

Donald was on his way to propose to Rose Maxine White, when he received his draft letter. He traveled from Georgia to Philly to marry her, prior to being stationed in Germany. Donald and Rose met up in Paris for their honeymoon.

On June 25, 1963, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he honorably served as a typist, and sharpshooter. Additionally, Donald received the Good Conduct Medal.

From this union three children were born, Devin, Alan, and Donna.

Upon completing his military service, Butch embarked on a new career. He began working at the Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Delaware. He commuted from Philadelphia to Newark for 30 years and during this time he established lifelong friendships with his carpool buddies.

Broomall Street held a special place in Butch’s heart. This is where he found a place to raise his family. He was a loving husband for over 58 years. As a father, he found creative ways to keep everyone happy. His love extended beyond his home, as he was known to load up his van and take the neighborhood children to the park. It was amazing to witness him running from the basketball court to the playground to ensure the happiness of everyone within his reach.

Butch was an avid bowler, to say the least. He bowled several times a week at Gehris and Center Bowling Lanes. He enjoyed teaching others where to stand, how to bowl, and the importance of picking up those spares.

During retirement, Butch dedicated much of his time to White Rock Baptist Church. He served as a Trustee, which allowed him to continue to utilize the many gifts God bestowed upon him.

Butch was blessed with seven grandchildren (Ciara, Bee Bee, Josh, Eli, Tajah, Caleb and Kevin) who called him Pop Pop. They knew him for his Sunday Brunch, where he served bacon, eggs, grits, waffles and pancakes made with crispy edges (upon special request). He purchased memberships at the Philadelphia Zoo and several museums, to teach them everything he knew.

Donald Wayne Goodman will be truly missed by his family, neighbors, and friends. We can agree that “Goodman” suits him just fine as it represents the good man he truly was.

Donald leaves to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife, Rose, his children Dr. Devin T. Goodman (Shawnette), Alan Goodman (Lisa), and Donna Desirée Ingram (James Brian); grandchildren, Yasmin Ciara Baylor, Joshua Goodman, Elijah Goodman, Roland Goodman, Tajah Goodman, Caleb Goodman and Kevin Bryce Ingram. Donald also leaves behind siblings, Bruce Hameed Goodman, Melvyn Goodman, and Robert Phillips; a host of family, friends, neighbors, and his White Rock Baptist Church Family.

Lovingly submitted
The Family

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Washington Crossing National Cemetery Final Resting Place
United States

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