Rebekah ‘Becky’ Ann Goode


Rebekah “Becky” Ann Goode was born on Dooley Street in Cleveland, on June 12, 1944, to Luster and Lillian Goode.

She was the youngest and only girl with four older brothers. Becky often quipped she had to be tough with four big brothers. Her family were founding members of Stuart Park Baptist Church and her parents were faithful in providing their children with a solid foundation of Agape. Becky shared her parents’ Christian faith and was fearless, determined and independent from birth to death in her beliefs. Whether with a broad and caring smile or a stern, disapproving Pat Summitt glare, there was never any doubt that she cared deeply enough to respond. There was nothing she would not undertake for those she loved or for a principle she held dear.

Speaking of Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Volunteer Basketball program, you could never say enough and neither could she. Her blood ran Orange, White and Blue. She loved the game, the competition and, most importantly, the values that the program and coaches sought to instill in the young women who played for the team. She was also an avid fan of other sports, especially football and had all the sports TV channels to prove it.

She had a passion for Blues music and traveled the Southeastern U.S. to see her favorite musicians perform, especially E.G. Kight and Saffire; and, while driving would be listening to their CDs. Becky enjoyed collecting antiques with her father and having her father restore them “to the way they used to be” — so much so that her father’s question later in life when she would drag in yet another item for him to refinish was, “Where are you going to put it?” Of course, a review of her favorite things would not be complete without mentioning her love of Little Maggie who brightened up every homecoming with her unconditional puppy dog love.

Becky moved into Heaven on Saturday, May 6, 2023, where I am sure she was welcomed by her Lord and Savior; her parents, Luster Solomon Goode and Lillian White Goode; her brothers, Waldon August Goode and Gene Gordon Goode; her sisters-in-law, Jerry Lynn Chastain Goode and Nancy Byars Goode; her beloved aunt, Alma White Lawson; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins. Oh, and for sure, let’s not forget that Aunt Stacy Scoggins Goode Cook will be there entertaining everyone with family stories in a way that only she could do!

Becky is survived by her brothers, Kenneth Nolan Goode and wife, Pat, of Savannah, Georgia and David Wayne Goode of Cornelius, North Carolina; her grandfathered-in “sister” and companion of 37 years, Patricia “Pat” Craig; her sister-in-law, Janet Weiss Goode (Gene) of Shelbyville, Kentucky; her “adopted” nephew, Atrayal Hale and his daughter, Zoie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

To Becky, friends were family and she shared the “Goode” love generously and relished time spent with “friend-family.” In some circles, she was known as “Mama Goode,” in others as one of “The Girls.” She enjoyed trips, visits and regular contact with her brothers, Wayne and Ken/Pat and her “friend-family,” Missy Martin of Knoxville, Kay Hill and Deana Calhoun of Franklin, Sara Jefferson of Cartersville, Georgia, Debbie Head and “Mama Verne” Bailey of Fort Payne, Alabama, and Kristi Hooker of Cleveland, among many others.

In lieu of a funeral, Becky preferred that we invest our time and energy in each other as a testament to the value of love and relationship.

In lieu of flowers, for those who would like to honor Becky’s memory in a more tangible way, she would smile by a donation to any charity of your choosing or to one of hers inclusive of Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Tennessee Lady Vol Basketball program, Pat Summitt Foundation, Wounded Warriors, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Caring Place in Cleveland, The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

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