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Ben Goodman    -           Besssie Cooper Goodman

Added to FAG by: Peggy McNabb 24 Dec 2008
GOODMAN, Ben E., 4 Oct. 1887 - 30 Mar. 1909. (Son of A.W. and Lula Skelton Goodman; Ben died from typhoid pneumonia. Married to Bessie Elkins May 6, 1904, shares stone with Bessie Cooper. ) ref: daughter of Lehman Goodman.
GOODMAN, Bessie Elkins Cooper, 1 Aug. 1889 - 1978.* ( wife of Ben Goodman, mar. 6 May 1904; 2nd wife of Martin McClain Cooper they married 1910; only child of Ben and Bessie was Lehman Goodman, b. 29 Oct 1907 - d. 8 Mar 1970, mar. Virginia Hamby 6 July 1930 (their only daughter was Katherine George Goodman Smith) * (note: granddaughter Katherine says Bessie died 1973 and the stone date is incorrect. I don't understand why Bessie's tombstone has Goodman, Mart M. Cooper was her last husband. mbmcr)

Obituary of Ben E. Goodman
 "MOUNT JOY " Editor Record: Since our last letter the grim angle of death winged its way to the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. Goodman, and claimed for its victim the spirit of their eldest son, Mr. Ben Goodman. He was sick only two weeks with typhoid-pneumonia. Mr. Goodman was 21 years of age and leaves to mourn their loss a devoted wife and little son, about 17 months old; a father, mother, three sisters and two brothers, besides a host of friends and relatives. He was loved by all his acquaintances. His home life was perfect, and he was the pride of his fond parents, and it seems so hard that he should be taken from loved ones in the early prime of manhood. But all should remember that God does all things for the best. He was laid to rest in the McClain cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock. May God watch over the broken hearted widow and fatherless child, and heal their sorrows."

Obituary of Bessie Elkins Goodman Cooper
 "Mrs. Mart Cooper Mrs. Bessie Elkins Goodman Cooper, 83, of 404 Conant St. died this morning at Maury County Hospital following a two months illness. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. George Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in the McClain Cemetery in Mt. Joy. Mrs. Cooper was a native of Hickman County and the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Jane Pickard Elkins. She was first married to Ben Goodman and after his death married Mart Cooper who died in 1932. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include one brother, Meadows H. Elkins of Remlap, Ala.; one granddaughter, Mrs. Jack Smith of Memphis; two great-grandchildren, Barchelai Smith and Virginia Leigh Smith, both of Memphis. Acting pallbearers will be C. O. Goodman, Jr., Willie A. Goodman, L. O. Fitzgerald, Hershell Howell, Andrew McConnell, Clement Marshall, and William Marshall. Honorary pallbearers will be the elders and deacons at the First Presbyterian Church."

Original picture of Ben - property of Katherine Goodman Smith, Granddaughter. Added to F.A.G. by: Mary Bob McClain 19 Jan 2005. sent here 26 Dec 2009.
Photo of Bessie was sent by Mary Bob McClain 1 Feb 2012.