James Thomas “Tommy” Goodman

James Thomas “Tommy” Goodman

February 8, 2022, 63, Fayetteville –

James Thomas “Tommy” Goodman passed away on February 8, 2022, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, to the late Morris Julian Goodman and Cora Lee Edwards Goodman. In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by a special niece, Missy Smith, and his friend and mother of his daughter, Joyce Lee.

With a heart and personality the size of the sun, Tommy made friends with everyone he met. He never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with folks he passed in the grocery store. Tommy freely spoke his mind, but couldn’t be trusted as a secret-keeper. You could tell when Tommy was coming by the sound of the air sucking through his teeth. It was always a little louder when he was mad.

Tommy’s world moved to the sound of music by Kid Rock. He was in his best mood when he had food on the grill, a glass of wine in his hand, and the radio blaring in the background. The Animal Discovery Channel was his favorite entertainment, but could also bring him to tears.

Family was at the center of everything Tommy did. He spent his holidays in La Grange with family and loved spending time with nieces and nephews and their children. He held a very special relationship with his sister, Lorita, and her daughter, Missy, and her daughter, Tabby T. He was most proud of his daughter, Krystal. A conversation with Tommy almost always included a sharing of photos from his phone of his baby girl.

Tommy’s presence was larger than life. He was a joy to be around and loved to laugh. He was notorious for his “hair flip” and peculiar about his appearance. Known as “Cowboy” to lots of folks, Tommy’s mission was always to “save a horse”…and we know the rest of the song.

A service of remembrance will be held at Rouse Funeral Home on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Tommy is survived by his daughter, Krystal Goodman; three grandchildren; son, T.J. Goodman; special sister, Lorita Fulghum; siblings, Tony, Morris, Aubrey, Marcey, and Madie; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews, including his beloved “Tabby T”; and several great, great-nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.