Arthur Martin Goodman

Mr. Arthur Martin Goodman, 86, of Whynot, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the V.A. Nursing home in Kosciusko, MS.

Service began at 11:30 am, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Bethany Baptist Church and Rev. Wayne Polk officiated. The family received friends from 10:30 am until service time at Bethany Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Shannon Family Cemetery at 6196 Shannon Rd. Meridian, MS 39301. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

Arthur married Nell Shannon of Whynot, daughter of Adie Parker and Elma Shannon in 1953; he then graduated from MSU in 1959 and taught school at J.Z. George in Carrollton, MS. He then began his farming career, of rice and soybeans, in Shelby, MS. He and his wife, Nell Shannon Goodman, moved from Cleveland back to Whynot in 1985; where he raised cattle and timber until retirement. He and his wife are members of Bethany Baptist Church.

Mr. Arthur was affectionately known as “Little” and “Uncle Little” by his friends and close family. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and keeping his yard and property in pristine condition; he was also an avid classic country music fan. In his later years he picked up the hobby of riding motorcycles; he was often the recipient of the “oldest rider award” on several long distance trips, of which he got a kick out of.

Mr. Arthur loved his family and enjoyed spending time with all family members both young and old. He loved the opportunity to show his skills at dominoes, checkers and pool. He was a man with a strong work ethic who wanted things done right……HIS WAY!

Mr. Goodman is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Nell Shannon Goodman; son, Van Martin Goodman (Barbara), daughter, Lesia Robertson (John); grandchildren, Carley Robertson Ward (Brennan), Mary Parker Robertson, Grace Shannon Goodman, Adie Bowen Goodman, Will Robertson; and the first great-grandchild due in August; sister-in-law, Juanice Fuller Goodman, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Goodman is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Pearl Goodman; brother, James Goodman, John C. Goodman (Frances), Oscar Goodman (Beth) and Gaythal Dearman (Ben).

Pallbearers will be Adie Goodman, Will Robertson, Commie Goodman, Tommy Goodman, Jimmy Goodman, Gray Goodman, Karl Goodman, Keith Goodman, Kenny Goodman, Rocky Dearman. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Shannon, John Shannon, Wallace Dearing, Carney Dearing, Chad Thornhill and Joseph White.

The family request memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Polk officiating. Interment will follow at the Shannon Family





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