Obituaries for Fri., Oct. 1, 2010

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 1, 2010


Gertrude Pauline Frazier Pate, 91, of Andalusia, died Wed., Sept. 29, 2010, in a local nursing home.

Funeral services will be held today, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., from the Foreman Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth and husband Willie Sasser of Opp; two sons, Aaron (Evelyn) Pate and Ronnie (Jennie) Pate, all of Andalusia; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Pate of Winter Haven, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and a special friend, Kathleen Rogers of Opp.

She was preceded in death by her son, Doyle Pate.

Pallbearers will be Kim Pate, Tony Pate, Josh Martin, Chase Nolen, Braxton Moore and David Whitehurst.


The Rev. William Goodson, 96, of the Harmony Community, died Wed., Sept. 20, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Sun., Oct. 3, at 3 p.m., from the Harmony Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church from 1:30 p.m.+ Sunday until the time of the service.

The Rev. Goodson began preaching at churches in south Alabama in 1947. He served as pastor or interim pastor in the Covington Baptist Association, Oakey Ridge Baptist Church, Harmony Baptist Church, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Hopewell Baptist Church, Beulah Baptist Church, Sweet Home Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and Buck Creek Baptist Church.

In the Coffee County Baptist Association, he served as pastor at Glenwood and Rutledge. In the Butler Baptist Association, he served as pastor of Central Church. He was pastor of Northside Baptist Church in the Salem-Troy Baptist Association, and in the Sardis Baptist Association, he was pastor of New Chapel and Pine Level churches and was the DOM of this association for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hilda Goodson; three daughters, Diane (Clark) McKinley of Monroeville, Phyllis (Ronald) Grimes of Andalusia and Lynn (Paul) Lloyd of Rapid City, S.D.; one grandson, Derek (Heather) Grimes of Washington; four granddaughters, Christa Grimes, Ann McKinley and Summerlin and Emily Lloyd; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nell; his parents and all eight of his siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Harmony Cemetery Fund, 20932 Cty. Rd. 70, Andalusia, AL 36421, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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