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Martha Nell (Smith) Goodson

December 2, 1949 ~ July 23, 2019 (age 69)

Mrs. Martha Nell Smith Goodson, 69 of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019 at her residence.

Born in Alma, GA on December 2, 1949, she had lived in Pierce County for the last 33 years.  Mrs. Goodson was a 1967 graduate of Bacon County High School and went on to graduate from Waycross-Ware Tech with a degree in cosmetology.  She had worked at Annis’ Salon before going to work for CSX Transportation as a clerk.  Mrs. Goodson went on to retire as a medical transcriptionist with Blackshear Family Practice.  Over the years she enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and doing crafts but her passion was gardening whether it be with flowers or vegetables.  She was of the Baptist faith and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.    

She was a daughter of the late Simeon Lamar & Fannie Rebecca Jarrard Smith. 

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, James “Jim” Goodson, II of Blackshear; two daughters & sons-in-law, Julie & Wyatt Burkett of Blackshear and Candi & Joel Rice of Bradenton, FL; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim & Rhonne Goodson of Quitman; six sisters, Delores Miles of Baxley, Donnette (Butch) Beck of Jacksonville, FL, Joann Smith of Baxley, Janice Fulton of Tyrone, GA, Marlene (Walter) Edgerly of Denver, CO, and Patricia Magdziuk of Ft. Collins, CO; three brothers, Gary (Nancy) Smith of Alma, Tim (Patty) Smith of Eastman, and Tom (Tammy) Smith of Alma; 11 grandchildren, Brennan Burkett, Luke Revels, Emily Revels, Bailey Burkett, Ryan Hines, Riley McBride, Brennan Goodson, Leah Goodson, Cassie Rice, Will Rice, and Ben Rice; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Goodson will be held Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2019, at 2:00 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Visitation for Mrs. Goodson will be at the funeral home chapel held one hour prior to the service.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.


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