Terrell J Goodspeed
December 13, 1941 – April 16, 2021
Terrell James Goodspeed was peacefully reunited with the Lord on April 16, 2021. He was unable to overcome heart failure. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on December 13, 1941, to parents William Gardner Goodspeed, Sr. and Hazel Lindsey Goodspeed who both preceded him in death as did his brothers, William Gardner Goodspeed, Jr. and Woodie D. Goodspeed. Terrell is survived by his long-time companion Linda Coverdale; mother of his children and former wife Clarice Goodspeed; daughters, Lisa M. Goodspeed and Jennifer Goodspeed-Fisher and husband Donnie Fisher; brothers, RFush L. Goodpseed Dr. and wife Helen Goodspeed, Kenneth S. Goodspeed and John K. Goodspeed and wife Marianne Odom; sister, Hazel L. Young Topoleski along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. His brother-in-law, Robert H. Topoleski (Hazel’s husband) and sister-in-law, Karen S. Goodspeed (Woodie’s wife) also preceded him in death.
Terrell graduated Harlandale High School in 1960 and attended San Antonio College. He worked at Bexar County Bank where he was trained as a computer programmer and progressed to the level of vice president before resigning in order to fulfill his dream of opening an auto repair/paint and body shop. His passion and wholehearted devotion to automobile renovation began at an early age where he designed, built and raced a soapbox derby car. After the official race, he installed an engine and experimented with how to increase its acceleration. As an older teenager, he restored a 1940 Ford increased his knowledge of automobile mechanics and auto bodywork without formal instruction. Because Terrell excelled at designing in general, his creativity was on display when he constructed kites while making his own patterns, which included box kites. Another hobby was crafting glider planes and rockets. His ingenuity was on display as well, when he planned, designed, and built an extensive 2-story garage behind his first home. He was well known at San Antonio’s Alamo Drag way where he raced his self-built 1968 Camaro (Names “Jaws” by his daughter, Lisa, because it would usually “eat up” the competition). He enjoyed restoring antique cars from the ground up using original parts (particularly Studebakers-among numerous other makes) of which many were on display at car shows where he won many awards. Aside from his interest in mechanics, Terrell was remarkably athletic and participated in baseball and bowling leagues. He loved animals including turtles, frogs, snails, cats and dogs and would go out of his way to save them from harm.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Funeraria del Angel Roy Akers, 515 N. Main Ave. Commemoration will begin on May 14, 2021 at 11:00a.m. at Terrell’s shop, Goodspeed’s Performance Center, 3735 SE Military Dr., San Antonio, Texas, 78223. It will be there where Terrell will make his final visit and farewell. To follow will be a procession to the national historic site: Oddfellows City Cemetery, South Pine and Paso Hondo Streets for a graveside service with Pastor Sanford Williams, 247 Church, officiating.
All who plan to be present for Terrell’s final valediction are asked to wear a T-shirt with a race car emblem or a car emblem, preferably a 1968 Camaro, so as to commemorate Terrell’s crossing the finish line for the last time. He will be missed.
Goodspeed's Performance Center
Terrell J Goodspeed
May 6, 2021
For future reference: After Terrell's funeral, a celebration of his life will be held at his beloved shop, Goodspeed's Performance Center, on S.E. Military Drive during which all who knew him will be invited. The date and time has not been set as of yet. It will be posted here.
I just wanted to say a few words about my brother whom I miss.
I have many fond memories of my brother, who was 4 years older than me, when we were young: flying kites (he was an expert box kite maker, playing baseball, having china berry fights, slinging mud balls from cane poles, saving animals from harm and taking care of the animals in the "Goodspeed Zoo", going trick or treating (he always dressed up even into teenage-hood when he had to escort his younger siblings), his taking me to school in his red 1940 Ford, his taking me to the Landa Park Swimming Pool and trying to teach me to swim, having fun at Port Aransas and his trying to save me when I was about 13 when I was caught in an undertow while on an inner tube, hunting for petrified wood near Cotulla, going to watch him drag race at the old Alamo Dragway (he tried to convince me to race my automatic in the Women's Division because it was really fast - I was too scared that I would ruin my engine), eating Black Diamond watermelons and having seed spitting contests, popping fireworks (especially sticking black cats into mud balls and slinging them into the air using cane poles) and the list could go on.
Terrell was always very athletic. He could walk on barrels, do many somersaults in a row, walk on his hands for a long distance and juggle. I often jokingly told him that he should join a circus. He belonged to a baseball league when he was older and I watched him play at a baseball field in Brackenridge Park. In addition, he belonged to a bowling league and was a great bowler.
Terrell always took looked out for me and I am thankful that he is no longer struggling to stay alive and worrying about shop.
May 3, 2021
Oh he was so funny and loved all his pets so much it a inspired me to become a pet owner. I loved his laugh and how he explained things to me. We would talk for hours daily about any and everything. He helped me become a woman. He was like my best friend. He was a great race car driver and loved our country . Forever missing you until we meet again my friend.
April 30, 2021
To everyone that knows and loves Terrell, Rick & I want you to know how very sorry we are for your loss. My fondest memories of Terrell would be around every Holiday and Birthday at my moms in which there was always good food...We always gave him such a hard time ( just playing around) that he had the scent of a bloodhound... when food hit the table, our front door would open and there he would stand with a childish grin saying something like is the food ready yet . HaHa!
He would eat and pick on the grandkids playfully. He came to so many Christmas holidays at my mothers and just like all the other people there, would joke and pick on anyone in their path. He really did have a quick wit and good sense of humor that I loved to debate with. You will forever be missed!