Published 12:00 am Friday, September 5, 2008
Dr. Henry Eagle Goodlett, 88, of Ocala, Fla., passed away Sat., Aug. 30, 2008, in Owensboro, Ky., preceded by his wife, Imogene.
Funeral services for Goodlett will be at Fairmount Baptist Church in Red Level today at 2 p.m., with visitation at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery with the Rev. Robert White officiating and Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Ocala Sun., Sept. 7, at 3 p.m.
Dr. Goodlett was born in Red Level on Aug. 31, 1919, and graduated from Red Level High School in 1936. He served his country during World War II while in the 34th Division of the U.S. Army from September 1941 through June 27, 1945. His campaigns included both North Africa and Italy. Three days after he returned from his tour of duty, he married Imogene Findley on June 30, 1945, in Red Level.
Dr. Goodlett graduated from Troy State University in 1954 with a B.S. in history and social studies. He later earned an M.S. in history from Troy in 1959. During this time he was a schoolteacher at Andalusia High School. Dr. Goodlett received his doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Auburn University in 1961. In 1962, the Goodletts moved to Ocala where Henry taught social studies at the then Central Florida Junior College. From 1962 until 1966, he was the dean of instruction and later, in 1966, he became president of Central Florida Community College and retired there in 1987. Dr. Goodlett was instrumental in many of the college’s achievements including the successful merger of Hampton and Central Florida Junior College.
Dr. Goodlett was formerly a member of the Florida Association of Community Colleges, Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi, Ocala-Marion County Chamber of Commerce and former director/president of Kiwanis Club of Ocala. Other pas memberships include Florida College Presidents Council, Florida Professional Practices Commission, Community College Coordinating Board Rules Committee and the FACC Commission on Instruction and Curriculum.
Some of his honors include president emeritus for Central Florida Community College, alumnus of the year for Troy State University in 1971 and Who’s Who in American Education. He was also an avid gardener and a member of the Camellia Flower Society.
Survivors are his daughter, Jeannie Goodlett Hulett and husband Albert Gary Hulett; his son, William Henry Goodlett and wife Dana Lynn Goodlett; eight grandchildren, one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made to the CFCC Foundation, Inc., Henry Goodlett Endowed Vocational Scholarship, P.O. Box 1388, Ocala, FL, 34478.
Friends and family unable to attend services may sign the guest register online at www.foremanfuneralhome.com.