OBITUARY

David L. Goodnight

July 30, 1940March 12, 2019
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David L. Goodnight was born July 30, 1940 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He was the second of six children and grew up in the Coraopolis Church of God in Christ. At Moon High School, he played basketball, ran hurdles on the track team, and co-edited his senior yearbook.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University in 1962 and moved to Washington, D.C., after he graduated.

During his college years, he was treasurer of Omega Psi Phi, Nu chapter and a member of the jazz club. He enjoyed college life at Penn State where he met his wife Patricia Alexander.

Along his career journey with the federal government, he worked as a computer specialist for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later as an analyst with the Internal Revenue Service. He was active in both AIM (Association for the Improvement of Minorities) IRS and Toastmasters.

In their leisure time, David and Patricia went on a number of cruises. They saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, walked the Champs-Élysées and traveled down the Nile. When they weren’t vacationing, they were cheering on the Nittany Lions or the Maryland Terps because their daughter was a University of Maryland graduate.

Always generous, David surprised his wife and daughter with a 7-day trip to Cuba with the Penn State Alumni Association. He made the travel arrangements for them shortly before his 2014 stroke. To quote his older grandson, “Papa Goodnight was a good man.” His parents Willard Sr. and Eva Goodnight and his younger brother Kenneth preceded David in death. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughter Lisa; his son-in-law, Willard Alexander Sturdivant III; two grandsons, Willard Alexander Sturdivant IV and Tyler Junot Sturdivant; his mother-in-law, Alice Alexander; his brother, Willard Jr. (Jacqueline); three sisters, Evyonne G. Martin (David), Ercell G. Martin (the late Douglas Martin), and Beverly Goodnight; two nieces, Deborah Martin and Michelle Christian (Bryant); two nephews, Mark Goodnight and Rev. Marlon Martin (Ellise); and a host of dear family members and friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Patricia Goodnight, Wife
  • Lisa Goodnight, Daughter
  • Willard Alexander Sturdivant, III, Son-in-law
  • Willard Alexander Sturdivant, IV, Grandson
  • Tyler Junot Sturdivant, Grandson
  • Alice Alexander, Mother-in-law
  • Willard Goodnight, Brother
  • Jacqueline Goodnight, Sister-in-law
  • Evyonne G. Martin, Sister
  • David Martin, Brother-in-law
  • Ercell G. Martin, Sister
  • Douglas Martin, Brother-in-law
  • Beverly Goodnight, Sister
  • Deborah Martin, Niece
  • Michelle Christian, Niece
  • Bryant Christian, Nephew-in-law
  • Mark Goodnight, Nephew
  • Rev. Marlon Martin, Nephew
  • Ellise Martin, Niece-in-law
  • Willard E. Goodnight , Sr., Father
  • Eva Marie (Brice) Goodnight, Mother
  • Kenneth Goodnight, Brother
  • David also leaves behind a host of dear family members and friends.

Services

  • Viewing Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Reception Following Service Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, March 21, 2019
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David L. Goodnight

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Sherry Patton

March 21, 2019

David and I were co-workers at the Internal Revenue Service in the early 2000s. He was such a gentle, pleasant and generous man.
My prayers to the family. I hope everyone will be comforted by the many, precious memories and abundant love you shared.

Betty Wilkerson

March 20, 2019

To the family of David Goodnight:
I am a retired IRS employee. I knew David. I worked with him on the Office of Procurement acquisition planning program. David worked in the Information Technology Office. He was always supportive. He was a kind, gentle, humble person. I am so glad I knew him as a coworker. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Praying for comfort for the family. Betty Wilkerson, Upper Marlboro, MD

Cynthia Wooten

March 18, 2019

David is remembered by neighbors as a community activist and family man, He was regularly seen walking
around the neighborhood, greeting friends in his wake. David's willingness to volunteer for Layhill South Citizens Association activities such as distribution of fliers, announcing upcoming events, and opening his home to neighbors, is commendable. In conversations with David, he spoke with pride of a career with the Internal Revenue Service as a computer programmer. We will miss his pleasant demeanor and the warmth and love he radiated for his family.

Farewell good friend

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Biography

David L. Goodnight was born July 30, 1940 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He was the second of six children and grew up in the Coraopolis Church of God in Christ. At Moon High School, he played basketball, ran hurdles on the track team, and co-edited his senior yearbook.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University in 1962 and moved to Washington, D.C., after he graduated.

During his college years, he was treasurer of Omega Psi Phi, Nu chapter and a member of the jazz club. He enjoyed college life at Penn State where he met his wife Patricia Alexander.

Along his career journey with the federal government, he worked as a computer specialist for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later as an analyst with the Internal Revenue Service. He was active in both AIM (Association for the Improvement of Minorities) IRS and Toastmasters.

In their leisure time, David and Patricia went on a number of cruises. They saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, walked the Champs-Élysées and traveled down the Nile. When they weren’t vacationing, they were cheering on the Nittany Lions or the Maryland Terps because their daughter was a University of Maryland graduate.

Always generous, David surprised his wife and daughter with a 7-day trip to Cuba with the Penn State Alumni Association. He made the travel arrangements for them shortly before his 2014 stroke.

To quote his older grandson, “Papa Goodnight was a good man.”

His parents Willard Sr. and Eva Goodnight and his younger brother Kenneth preceded David in death. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughter Lisa; his son-in-law, Willard Alexander Sturdivant III; two grandsons, Willard Alexander Sturdivant IV and Tyler Junot Sturdivant; his mother-in-law, Alice Alexander; his brother, Willard Jr. (Jacqueline); three sisters, Evyonne G. Martin (David), Ercell G. Martin (the late Douglas Martin), and Beverly Goodnight; two nieces, Deborah Martin and Michelle Christian (Bryant); two nephews, Mark Goodnight and Rev. Marlon Martin (Ellise); and a host of dear family members and friends.