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In Memory of

James E. Goodman

July 4, 1922 - April 18, 2017

Obituary


People called James Edgar Goodman Jr. by different names, depending on how they knew him. For some, he was 'Lou,' short for his status as a longtime lieutenant in the Houston Police Department. He was 'Dad' to his two beloved children, 'Papa' to his cadre of grandkids, 'Old Papa' to his two great-grandkids. He was simply 'Jim' to his wife of 71 years, Elna, who preceded him to Heaven just two days earlier.

Jim passed away peacefully on April 18, 2017, hours after spending quality time with a few of his loved ones. He...

People called James Edgar Goodman Jr. by different names, depending on how they knew him. For some, he was 'Lou,' short for his status as a longtime lieutenant in the Houston Police Department. He was 'Dad' to his two beloved children, 'Papa' to his cadre of grandkids, 'Old Papa' to his two great-grandkids. He was simply 'Jim' to his wife of 71 years, Elna, who preceded him to Heaven just two days earlier.

Jim passed away peacefully on April 18, 2017, hours after spending quality time with a few of his loved ones. He always got the most out of his time-after retiring from a 35-year career on the force, he continued to serve as Secretary and Treasurer of the HPD burial fund for the next 20 years. He also served on the board of directors of the Houston Police Credit Union. But before all that, he served in the Army and was part of the second wave of the invasion of Normandy. He earned a Purple Heart after being wounded in the elbow and shoulder.

He earned an honorable discharge from the army and that ushered in the next era of his life. He married Elna Lucille Prigge on December 15, 1945 in Winona, Minn. and whisked her back to Texas, choosing to start a life in Houston rather than his much smaller hometown of Iola, where he was born on July 4, 1922 to James Edgar Goodman, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Post. He was one of the founders of Oak Forest's Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where he remained a lifelong and active member, serving in many volunteer leadership roles. His love for public service was only outpaced by his service to his family; he was a constant presence at little league games, dance recitals, graduations, weddings, and reunions. He was good with his hands, able to build an addition to his home, fix a car, build furniture, resolve electric or plumbing problems, and repair appliances. When it was time to relax, he preferred a Bud Light tallboy and a few scratch-offs.

Jim is survived by his two children, James Philip Goodman and Lois Goodman Dobson; his daughter-in-law, Janet Goodman; his siblings, Emma Lois Hamil and Belton Goodman; his sister-in-law, Edna Earle Goodman; his half-siblings, J.W., Jerry, Hershel, and Doris Ann Meshell; his grandchildren, Amanda Edwards, Neil Dobson (Melissa Cernosek), Matt Goodman, and Sarah Goodman; and his great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Tracie Edwards. He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Elna Lucille Prigge Goodman; his parents, his uncle and aunt, Ernest and Irene Pritchett; brother Cuthrel Goodman; and half-siblings Donald Ray Goodman and Mona Faye Berry.

Jim and Elna's visitation and funerals will be shared. Their visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday April 19 at the Pat H. Foley Funeral Home, 1200 W. 34th Street. Their funeral will be held Thursday April 20 at 10 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, at 4040 Watonga Blvd. The burial will be private. Memorial gifts can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church-General Fund.