Tim S. Gooden Jr.

September 19, 1925July 15, 2013

Tim S. Gooden, Jr., of Hixson, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013. He was 87 years old.

Tim was born and raised in Hixson and very proud to be a descendent of Hixson’s founding family. He graduated from Hixson High School in 1943 where he played basketball, baseball and was a member of the first swing band in Hamilton County, where he played Alto Sax. Tim served our country during World War II in the U. S. Navy Medical Corp. He received his BBA degree from the University of Chattanooga and Master’s degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. He was a member of the Hixson Masonic Lodge # 727 F&AM and the American Legion Post #159. Tim was a longtime member of Hixson United Methodist Church and the Sam McConnell Sunday School Class. Tim taught at Hixson Junior High school his entire career, retiring in 1990 with 30 years of service, including assistant principal. Tim was a coach and mentor for football, basketball and baseball teams. He was inducted into the Hixson High Hall of Fame in 2004, and was awarded the Hixson Sports Club Award for commitment and dedication to the Hixson Community. After his retirement he worked for Avis Car Rental where he received his 20 year pin.

Tim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean Smith Gooden; and his parents, Timothy Springfield Gooden, Sr. and Mary Lou Powers Gooden.

He is survived by his children, Mike (Linda) Gooden, Reverend Mark (Judy) Gooden and Susan Gooden; grandchildren, Lindsey (Adam) Gooden Mattern, Katie (Caleb) Gooden Calderhead, Jessica, Timothy and Kylie Gooden; brother-in-law, C. J. Smith and several nephews and their families.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 18 at the North Chapel and again on Friday, July 19 from 6 to 7 pm at Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343.

A celebration of life service for Tim will follow at 7 pm on Friday at Hixson United Methodist Church with Pastor Reed Shell officiating. The staff at Avis Car Rental and Sam McConnell Sunday School class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial will be conducted at 10 am on Saturday, July 20, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Tim’s name to Hixson United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2013
  • A celebration of life service Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Burial Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Richard Cobble

August 9, 2013

Mr. Gooden was truly a genuine great man.
As I reminisce, I have always thought in some sort of way he probably saved me from making the mistake of my life when I was thinking about giving up on school.
In 1976 I was a perfect know-it-all teenager and thought the world was here every bit to cater to me.
I remember telling Mr. Gooden – “I Quit!”
As I was getting ready to walk out the door… he said calmly… since you quit and now you really have nothing to do today, then you got time to sit and talk awhile. Short story is... I decided it was better to just suck it up and behave.
I believe that, at that time, had he not cared and said something, I would have kept on walking.
Yes, I was a receiver on his back swing as well and honestly, I still believe I deserved every bit of what I got.

R.I.P. Mr. Gooden

July 27, 2013

I found out after all the services or i would have shown up. Very sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with you and your family Mark. Sandy Lawrence (Czarnecki).

Marie Lawrence

July 25, 2013

My condolences to the Gooden family - Mike, Mark, Susan and all for the loss of your Dad, Tim Gooden, Jr. I thoroughly enjoyed assisting and taking care of him at Memorial Hospital. Prayers for Peace to the Gooden family.

Pam Kirthlink

July 21, 2013

Thinking of the family at this time.

Your friends at CUMC

Claudia Hixson

July 20, 2013

He was a good friend of my Dad's. He was my favorite teacher..good ole Tennessee history class. Coach Gooden was a class act and will be missed by many as he touched many lives and molded many students into the succesful people they are today. R.I.P.

Jeff Davis

July 19, 2013

I spent many hours as a child playing ball in Mr. Goodens yard. Had some great times there and he always made me feel welcome. Sorry for your loss, Mark, Mike and Susan.

July 19, 2013

Mr. Gooden was one of my very favorite teachers at the old Hixson Jr. High School....whenever I think of those days, he always comes to mind....I'm so sad to hear of his passing but oh my! what a legacy he leaves....Rest In Peace Mr. Gooden....go with God! Becky Kilgore...class of 76...

Jim Ashley

July 18, 2013

I can still see coach Gooden out there in that hot August sun at the old Hixson Junior High School practice field in the early 1960s. All the players loved to play for Coach Gooden and Coach Mitchem. Maybe we will all get a chance to play for them again. Someday. Jim Ashley

Emily Binion

July 18, 2013

Remembering your family in my prayers during this time. I am blessed to have met the man they love so dearly.

Linda (Wooten) Smith

July 18, 2013

Being a 1969 graduate of Hixson High School, I remember Mr. Gooden fondly. He was a wonderful asset to the school and to the Hixson community. Thoughts and prayers for his family.