HERNANDO, Fla. — Robert Lynn “Bob” Goddard II, age 62, formerly of Elizabethton, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011, at his residence in Hernando, FL.
A native of Carter County, he was a son the late Robert Lynn Goddard, who died May 11, 2000. He was a retired school teacher and coach at Citrus County High School. He was a lifelong Methodist.
Mr. Goddard was a graduate of EHS Class of 1967, where he played tennis, basketball and baseball, and was selected for Boys’ State. He received a tennis scholarship to attend University of Tennessee, where he graduated receiving a BA Degree.
His successful, rewarding career as a teacher/coach has profoundly changed lives of many thousands of young people for over 35 years. This success has been noted with many accolades, including induction in two Halls of Fame; multiple inclusions in Who’s Who Among American Teachers; countless Coach of the Year awards — including being named as one of the top 10 Cross-Country coaches in the state of Florida in 1993. He was honored with the Golden Conch Award in 1998, the only year that state coaching award was ever presented.
He was very active with hobbies including fitness, camping — a favorite spot was the Canadian Rockies — traveling, hunting, fishing and sailing the Gulf and Caribbean. He was an avid reader, philosopher and accomplished guitarist. Bob loved art, the arts, music, was a musicologist and historian.
Above all the tributes, awards and recognition, none could be more deserving than the love and devotion of his family. He was to us the son, brother, uncle and cousin that we adore, and that cannot be understated.
Survivors include his mother, Patsy Taylor Goddard Longmire and his step-father, William “Bill” Longmire Jr., of Johnson City, TN; sister, Terri Parker and her husband, Richard of Atlanta, GA; sister, Jennifer Birchfield and her husband, Randall, of Elizabethton; Brother, Charles F. Goddard, and his wife, Jan, of Tallahassee, FL; brother, Pat Goddard and his wife, Kathy, of Erwin, TN; Three aunts, Virginia Laws, Madelyn Rasar, both of Elizabethton, Mary Etta Camm, Brentwood, TN. Several nieces and nephews and cousins and special friends too numerous to name also survive.
The Gathering of Remembrance Service for Mr. Goddard will be conducted at 2 PM Friday, December 16, 2011, at First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton with Dr. William “Bill” Carter and Rev. Ray Amos officiating. Music will be under the direction of Loretta Bowers, soloist, and David Arney, organist.
The family will receive friend at the church on Friday, from 12:30 PM until 2 PM prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence of his mother, Patsy Goddard Longmire, 29 Cherokee Ridge Court, Johnson City, or the home of a sister, Jennifer Birchfield, 1906 West “G” Street, Elizabethton, any time.
Inurnment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Nelson, Hugh Adkins, Dr. John Crockett, Bill Stanton, John Stanton, Jerry Jamison, Sam LaPorte, John Mills, Crawford Alexander, David Bush, Ron Carver and David McKinney.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton, 325 East E. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, obituary line 543-4917.