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Joe L. Goodrum

March 23, 1932 — December 19, 2022


Joe L. Goodrum, age 90, of Nashville, Arkansas died on Monday, December 19, 2022 in Nashville, Arkansas.  He was born March 23, 1932 in Nashville, Arkansas, the son of the late Walter Goodrum and Thelma Clark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Sherry Goodrum.

Joe graduated from Nashville High School in 1950.  After he and Sherry married in 1958, they returned to Nashville to coach and teach.  Coach Goodrum coached until losing his eyesight in 1969.  His coaching career was highlighted by the 1967 football team being crowned State Champions and by serving as an assistant coach on the 1962 West All Star Staff.  Joe was also the track coach, and the Joe Goodrum outstanding track award is still given each year to the outstanding male trackster.  He remained Athletic Director until his retirement in 1978.

Joe attended Henderson State Teachers College and played running back for the Reddies in 1952, 1953, and 1954.  He graduated in 1955.  Upon returning to Nashville, Joe purchased a farm for raising cattle.  In the early 1970s, he built five chicken houses and raised chickens and cattle for the next 35 years.

Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He served on the administrative board and taught Sunday school.  He was also a member of the Lyons Club.

He is survived by one daughter Gaye Graham and husband Doug of Nashville, AR; two grandchildren Beth Yenser and husband Zach of Lexington, KY; D.J. Graham and wife Heidi of Magnolia, AR; five great grandchildren Graham Yenser, Max Yenser, Griffin Graham, Maddox Graham, and Nash Graham.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 22, at First United Methodist Church in Nashville, burial to follow in Restland Memorial Park, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Nashville Scholarship Fund, 600 N. 4th St., Nashville, AR. 71852

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Latimer Funeral Home - Nashville

115 East Hempstead Street, Nashville, AR 71852

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 22, 2022

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