Luther William Goodman

April 7, 1919May 7, 2013
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Mr. Luther William Goodman 94 of Rockwell, passed away on May 6, 2013 at the VA Medical Center. Born on April 7, 1919 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Charlie Clinton and Mary J. Smith Goodman. Mr. Goodman attended Rowan County Schools and was a longtime member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church where he was a former usher and councilman. He served his country in the US Army during WWII where he earned a service medal with 2 bronze stars, good conduct medal, purple heart and the WWII victory medal. Mr. Goodman retired as a fixer at Cannon Mills Plant #8. During his leisure time, he loved traveling, reading and growing pumpkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Lucille Shillinglaw Goodman on April 19, 1997, a sister Dorothy Atwell, and grandchild Kandy Wiles on July 13, 1985. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Marion "Wayne" Goodman (Beverly) of Salisbury, Patsy Wiles (Jack), Dianne Goodman (Ray) both of Rockwell and Alice Selle (Chris) of Hartsville S.C. He is also survived by his brother Clifford Goodman of Salisbury, 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00 til 8:00 at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove with funeral on Friday at 4:00 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church with Revs. William Ketchie and Floyd Bost, ministers. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rowan County Honor Guard will perform military honors. Memorials may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church 205 S. Pauls Church Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146 or Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard, P.O. Box 923 Salisbury, NC 28145 Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2013

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Cary Rumse

January 3, 2014

I didn't know Mr. Goodman but, I was a friend of his grand daughter Kandy back at Rockwell Elementry. Kandy was a very nice girl, I know she must have had a very nice family as well.

May 13, 2013

Condolenses to Patsy, Patty and the extended family of Mr. Luther Goodman. SO sorry to hear about the loss of a dear friend and bringer of wisdom. I will miss the conversations with a true gentleman and scholar.

George Scott

May 10, 2013

Mourn not the loss of your loved one yet celebrate the lifetime of joy you brought to each other. As free as his soul may your heavy hearts soon fly.

May 10, 2013

Papaw lived a long and fruitful life. He was wise, kind, hard-working (old school style), compassionate and humble. He nobly served his country and his family and he loved them both. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.


Jason Shaver

May 9, 2013

Truly a one of a kind man who we will all miss. I am thankful for all he did for our country and our family.

Peggy (Propst) Brooker

May 9, 2013

Patsy & Family,
So Sadden to hear the Passing of your Father.May God Continue To Be A Fence Around You.

May 9, 2013

Love you all. Your in our prayers. God Bless. Lottes Family

Vickie Barnhardt

May 9, 2013

Uncle Luther's family has my deepest sympathy. He was a kind, funny, entertaining, hard-working man who provided well for his family. I have wonderful memories of spending time at Uncle Luther & Aunt Dorothy's house. Love, Vickie

May 8, 2013

Mrs. Patsy and Family, God Bless each and every one of you, keeping you in prayer.

Valerie Thomas

Hope Crawford

May 8, 2013

I'm going to miss my papaw. He was a sweet man and a loving man too. Always make u smile and his jokes got u too. I can even hear him laughing right now at them. We will miss u and we will always love u and keep u in our hearts. RIP: Papaw