James "Sonny" Martin Gooden

September 2, 1936June 26, 2018

James (“Sonny”) Martin Gooden, Jr., age 81, of Flower Mound, Texas, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born on September 2, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky, he was the son of the late James M. Gooden, Sr. and Mabel (“May May”) Schroeder.

Jim worked as an electrician with Local 369 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) for 44 years. He spent his free time watching various sports games both live and on TV. He also enjoyed music, golfing, and spending time traveling with family.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Helen Gooden, their son, Gregg Gooden, his daughter Deborah Williams, step-children, Barry Friedman and Joanne McAvoy, sister, Phyllis Smith, and loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. Jim was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend to everyone.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 6th at Arch L. Heady Funeral Home with an entombment at Resthaven Memorial Park, 4400 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40218. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 1-2 PM Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at, Memorial ID #11330215.


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Entombment Friday, July 6, 2018

James "Sonny" Martin Gooden

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robert dillow

July 6, 2018

Jim went to Louisville Male High School 1951...ROTC...Marched in the band....Played Trombone...Loved his cars....He was a member of the Methodist Church....