Dr. R. C. Goodman Sr.

September 23, 1920May 16, 2014
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R.C. (Raymond Cole) Goodman, Sr. MD was born September 23, 1920 to A. Dolphus and Dona Fletcher Goodman in Ogden, Arkansas. He completed this life’s journey and passed into heaven on May 16, 2014 at home with his loving wife of 71 years, Dorothy, at his side surrounded by family. He was predeceased by his mother and father and one son, Wyndal Martin Goodman. R.C. grew up in Ogden and was the Valedictorian of his high school class at Ashdown High School in 1938. He joined the Arkansas National Guard in 1939 and began college at Magnolia A & M in Magnolia, Arkansas. He started and lettered in football for the Mulriders for two seasons in 1939-40. In 1939 he also met the love of his life, Dorothy Louise Martin. In 1940 the Arkansas National Guard was mobilized and R.C., a Sargent, and the rest were sent to Nome, Alaska in early 1941. R.C. returned to the continental United States in 1943 to attend Officer Candidate School. More importantly he and Dorothy married on April 10, 1943. In September 1944 Lieutenant Goodman joined the 102nd Ozarks Division, part of the IXth Army, in Liege, Belgium. He participated in the Rhineland campaign crossing the Meuse River, the Ruhr, Rhine, and finally ended at Stendhal, Germany on the Elbe River. R.C. was commandant of two German towns. R.C. finished the war with the rank of Major and was awarded a number of medals, a few of which are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star for Valor. Upon returning home R.C. stayed in the active reserve or National Guard until 1962. R.C. and Dorothy matriculated at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Dorothy graduated in the spring of 1947 and R.C. started Medical School at the U of A in Little Rock in fall 1947, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in spring 1948. In 1951 R.C. graduated with his MD degree. He and Dorothy and three sons were posted in El Paso first and Colorado Spring later. R.C. chose to become an anesthesiologist and had a combined residency at Parkland U Texas Southwestern and the V A Hospital in McKinney, Texas. He was the second anesthesia resident at each program. He became an expert in Regional Anesthesia, Fluid and Electrolyte resuscitation, and a national pioneer in the treatment of chronic pain. R.C. and Dorothy and four sons then came to Fort Smith where R.C. was the first and for several years the only anesthesiologist in the region. He established the R.C. Goodman Institute for the Treatment of Chronic pain at Sparks Hospital. R.C. served Sparks, Mercy, Crawford County Hospitals and the T.B. Sanatorium in Booneville. R.C. was a lifelong Christian and member of the First United Methodist Church for 59 years, and member of Gleaners Sunday School Class, Noon Exchange Club for 50+ years, Community Chest Committee of 21, Friends of the Library, Team physician at Northside High School for 19 seasons. He and other fathers built Skokos and Higgins Fields to begin the Church League Complex. R.C. provided support in many ways to many organizations that are too many to name. R.C. was a kind and gentle man who always put others before himself. He adamantly taught his boys the “Golden Rule”. He was the epitome of what a Father and man should be. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Dorothy; four sons, R. Cole, Jr. and wife Staci, of Fort Smith, Joe and wife Leeann of Corinth, MS, Charlie and wife Cassie of Russellville, and Robin and wife Mona of Russellville; fourth son Wyndal passed away in December 2003; also surviving are twelve grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren. . He is also survived by one sister, Anna Mae Buster of Ogden, AR and two nephews and three great nieces. His cremains are to be interred in the Columbarium of First United Methodist Church in a private family ceremony. Memorial service will be Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. The body may be viewed from 12 noon to 6:00 PM, and the family will receive from friends from 4-6 PM, on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Edwards Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the Memorial service at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 4905 North O Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904, the Salvation Army, PO Box 292, Fort Smith, AR 72901 or the Reynolds Cancer Support House. 3324 South M Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903. To sign an online guestbook visit


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Viewing Monday, May 19, 2014

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Rose Crow

June 12, 2015

Never will this great man be forgotten for he surely left an indelible mark in the many, many lives he touched, encouraged, and comforted, and in the hearts of all who were priviledged enough to meet such a caring & inspirational spirit. We, the future generations of the lives you touched and inspired by your life of selfless service to others will not disappoint you. Heartfelt condolences to the Goodman family.....may you find comfort in knowing that loving thoughts and prayers of so many are with you.

May 24, 2014

Our sympathy to the family of Dr. Goodman. He was a very compassionate doctor who cared about his patients. He helped a member of our family in her time of need in 1986 during a very difficult time. We will never forget his help.
Ricky and Barbara Young (Fort Smith)

May 23, 2014

So sorry for your loss.Our prayers are with you and your family during this time. R.C. was indeed a fabulous physician.
Lena Crawford, RN;
Sparks Regional Medical Center

Hocker Family

May 22, 2014

Offering prayers and sympathy to your family during this difficult time.

May 22, 2014

Prayer's to the family.from Cole and Teresa Goodman. Tyronza, Arkansas

Keith and Rhonda Piles

May 21, 2014

Dear Cole,

We were sad to hear that you had lost your dad. Keith and I have you and your family in our prayers. We know he was a wonderful man from the way you have always spoken of him and your Mom. May God Bless all who loved him.
We love you and miss seeing you. We are here if we can help in anyway.

Love Keith and Rhonda Piles

May 20, 2014

He served his comunity and assisted his colleagues in relieving pain and suffering. He was good man and a great doctor. May his family be comforted at this time and blessed by the good he has done.
John Kientz, MD.

Alison O'Brien

May 20, 2014

Robin, Mona, and family,
My most profound sympathy and prayers go out to you and your entire family.

Phil Karber

May 20, 2014

I can't remember RC with out reflecting on all the great times our families enjoyed together in the 50s and 60s. Doesn't seem like almost 60 years have passed since the Karbers with four boys first joined up with the Goodmans, also with four boys, for gatherings at the Goodman house on Adelaide, next door to Dr. Roebuck--an iconic figure to us all. Soon each family had yet another boy, and the Goodmans moved to Garner Lane in our hood. In fact our back yards almost joined. RC and my dad were both born in southern Arkansas in 1920 and both joined the guard in 1939 and went to Alaska with the Arkansas National Guard in WWII. After the war, they were in the active guard together and drilled on weekends. The ten Goodman-Karber boys not only matched up in age, we were on sports teams together, in the same classes at school and at First Methodist. Even got rowdy a time or two. As I recall Greg got dad's M-1 out one night and fired a random shot into the night air. Seems that not only did some of the Goodman's hear the report, the M-1 round ricocheted around their back dining room window. I think Joe came down the alley and had a talk with Greg. Powerful memories. Would love to get the pics out and relive those days.

My thoughts are with you all. Fare thee well, RC.

Barbara Goodman

May 20, 2014

R.C. was so aptly named--he was truly a good man, the very best man I have ever known. He set the example of what a man could and should be. He was a wonderful husband and father, steadfast and faithful, patient, loving and supportive. In all the years (since 1976 when Wyndal took me to meet his parents) I knew him, I never heard one person say anything negative about R.C. He loved me as his daughter even after legally I wasn't, and I loved him so very much. I will miss him so much. I love you Dad.