CLARENCE GOODSON, JR.September 10, 1928 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 88)
Clarence Goodson, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017. Clarence was born in Littleton, Alabama to the late Clarence, Sr. and Anna Goodson. His parents moved to West Virginia, where he was raised and graduated from high school. Clarence enlisted into the Unites States Army where he served one tour and received an honorable discharge. During his tour he received a World War II Victory Medal as well as an Army of Occupation Medal for his tour in Japan. Later in life Clarence moved to Massillon, Ohio as a young man and retained employment at Republic Steel. He also was a Boy Scout leader in his younger years, because he had a passion for the youth and what boys would become as men one day. The he met Bessie Mae Streeter and they were married on October 28, 1972. With this ynion are the following children:Clarence Goodson, Jr., of West Virginia, Jeffrey (Vicki) Streeter of Canton, Ohio, Cheryl (Keno) Coney of Columbus, Ohio, Ricky Streeter of Columbus, Ohio, Billy (Bonnie) Streeter of Alliance, Ohio, Karen Baskerville of Columbus, Ohio, Bobby (Hope) of Covington, Georgia, Kay Ellen Birdsong of Canton, Ohio, and Luann(Vince) Bryant of Columbus, Ohio. Later on he became employed at the Massillon State Hospital where he retired from after thirty years of service. He also worked for the Canton City Public School System as a crossing guard after retirement just to keep busy. He was the president for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees for over thirty years. Clarence also was a great advocate for political matters and how they affected our community. He was always interested in the good of political information for change and betterment for all people. He was a member of Trinity Gospel Temple for over twenty years where he worshipped and served in the areas of food for the homeless, clothing for the needy and passed out food bags for the less fortunate. Clarence loved the Lord and he loved his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Mary Goodson-Golden; daughter, Cynthia Ann Goodson; son, Clayton Lamont Goodson, as well as son-in-law, Brian K. Forbes; (2) grandsons, Matthew L. Copeland and August Nimely. Clarence believed in spending most of his spare time with his family. He sowed a lot of good seeds in his life. He was greatly loved and therefore will be greatly missed. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 47 years Bessie Mae Goodson; (9)loving children and their spouses, (44) grandchildren, (83) great-grandchildren, (10) great-great grandchildren, not to mention a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.