Frank Goodpasture, Jr., Chairman of Goodpasture Motor Company, Inc., community leader and churchman, died Saturday August 23, 2014.
He was born the fourth child and only boy to Frank and Hazel Goodpasture on July 22, 1923 in Bristol, Virginia.
After graduating from Virginia High School, Goodpasture earned a BA in three years from Washington and Lee University at age 19, where he was Commander of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and a champion diver on the intercollegiate swim team for the W & L Generals. After college he took a commission in the Navy after completing Officer’s Candidate School in Chicago.
Graduating OCS as a 20-year-old Ensign, he served as executive officer on a LST (Landing Ship Tank) making the initial D-Day invasion delivering Canadian troops and tanks to Juno Beach on Normandy. That was followed by close to forty trips from Southampton England to France delivering armaments and supplies for the final Allied effort that toppled the German Third Reich.
Returning from the War in 1946, he along with his father and brother in-law Archie Hubbard, Jr., reorganized the then 27-year-old Goodpasture Motor Company. A year later he met and married the love of his life, Anne McLean Mingea of Abingdon.
Having established a home base, Frank and Anne went to work for family, company, community and church. They had two children, Frank III and Anne McLean and cultivated a wide range of friends. Living in Bristol until 1978, they moved to Anne’s family home Mont Calm in Abingdon until her death in 2006 following fifty nine years of marriage.
Mr. Goodpasture had a distinguished career as a Truck Dealer, community leader, churchman and golfer. Running a successful business for over sixty years, Frank served on GMC Truck dealer councils, often as chairman and was elevated to the prestigious General Motors cross-divisional President’s Council. As an industry advocate, he helped form the American Truck Dealers division of the National Automobile Dealers Association and was named Truck Dealer of the year in 1977.
During thirty years as a member of the Hospital Board he was instrumental in the acquisition of Hill Burton Federal Funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 1950’s to help build the Bristol Memorial Hospital on the Virginia Tennessee state line.
As a long time member of the Bristol Virginia Utilities Board and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce he helped to create the Tri City Industrial Commission that was funded by both Bristol’s Washington County VA and Sullivan County TN, a construct untenable in today’s competitive climate. During that time the Washington County Industrial Park, the Bristol TN Industrial Park and the Piney Flats Industrial Park were created and largely populated.
A highlight of his Chamber of Commerce career came when as Chairman he was to get the speaker for the annual black tie Chamber Banquet. Due to his close association with General Motors executives, his speaker was Ed Cole the President of GM.
As a churchman, he has served on vestries of both Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bristol and St. Thomas Church in Abingdon. In Bristol he co-chaired the committee to build the Parish Hall which more than doubled the square footage of the existing church.
On the golf course Frank was a dangerous competitor with his chipping and putting. His golfing group started and institutionalized the famous “Book” that recorded all participants’ rounds creating a weekly competition predicated on accurately recorded scores with handicaps facilitating an eventful payoff for each week’s winners.
After moving to Mont Calm in Abingdon, his residence for twenty years, he was disengaged from active community service but was still leading Goodpasture Motors and in 1984 moved the company to the current location at Exit 7, which was one of the first businesses in that area. Also as a regional director for Dominion Bank, meeting in Roanoke, he still had his finger on the pulse of what was happening in the area. He continued to make his way to his office daily into his nineties.
Mr. Goodpasture was preceded in death by his parents, his four sisters and their husbands, Nancy and Archie Hubbard, Jr., Senah and Keys Buchanan, Jr., Hazel “Tiny” and Thad Slack, Sophie and Arthur Riddle, his wife Anne and his daughter in-law Ruth Jerauld “Jerry” Goodpasture. Survivors include Frank Goodpasture III of Bristol, Anne McLean and William Singleton Carroll of Seattle. Surviving grandchildren are William S. Carroll, Jr., Seattle,
Tilghman Carroll, Nashville, Frank IV and wife Helen Elizabeth Goodpasture, Abingdon, Benjamin Wilton Goodpasture, Bristol, John Ridley Goodpasture, Laredo, Texas, Ruth Jerauld Goodpasture, Houston and Mary McLean Goodpasture, Charleston, South Carolina.
The family wants to thank the staff and excellent care givers at Grand Court Bristol along with Wellmont Hospice and Beverly Stewart and Polly Osborne who tended to him a the office. Memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice.
A funeral service will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Abingdon where Frank and Anne were married. Assembling his family will take time and a funeral date has not been set.
Memories and condolences may be sent to akardfuneralhome.com.
Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St., Bristol, TN (423) 989-4800 is serving the Goodpasture family.