James Brown Goodson III of Keystone Heights, Florida, passed away
September 4, 2022, in the comfort of his home in Keystone Heights.
Visitation and Funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church, 419 NE
1st St., Gainesville, FL at noon on Friday, September 9th. Pastor Beth Starr of
First Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, SE 21st Ave., Gainesville, FL.
Forrest Meadows Funeral Home of Gainesville is handling the funeral
James was born in Gainesville to James Brown Goodson Jr. and Helen
Goodson on December 27, 1938. He attended local elementary school and
Gainesville High School and went on to get his AA at Santa Fe College.
James joined the Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Long Beach, CA.
After leaving the Navy James pursued a career as a pipe fitter and became a
supervisor for the Fluor Corporation which took him to work in many
different countries all over the world with his wife Jeanne. Together they had
some incredible adventures and made many great memories.
James was a huge sports fan and rarely missed watching a Gator game
whether home or abroad. His love and compassion for animals came straight
from his heart.
James enjoyed his retirement in their beautiful lake home in Keystone
Heights where he was visited often by his daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 13
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Goodson; and is
survived by his wife, Jeanne Goodson; daughter, and son-in-law, Lori Burk-
Pelcher & Randy Pelcher; daughter, Laura Goodson, & Jeri Mantivoni;
grandchildren, Tony Pawlik Kaylee Burk, Scott Burk, Brianna O’Steen, Corie
Pelcher Ochs, Casie Pelcher Yorti, Michael Pelcher, and 13 great-