Thomas Guinn Goode passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015 at his residence at the age of 76. He was born December 1, 1938 in West Point to the late Geneva Elrod and Walter ‘Buster’ Goode, Sr. He was a former Kodak All-American at MS State University. He was the first MS State University player to play and win in the Super Bowl. He snapped the ball on the game- winning field goal in the 1970 Super Bowl V. He was inducted into the MS State University Sports Hall of Fame, MS Sports Hall of Fame, MS Jr. College Coaches Hall of Fame and EMCC Sports Hall of Fame. He was very active with FCA. He spoke with Billy Graham and he touched many young men’s lives. During his coaching career he coached for MS State University, Calgary Stampeders, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Alabama, EMCC and Oak Hill Academy.
Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM Monday, October 12, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Griffin and Bro. Chris Craven officiating. Pallbearers will be Ren Massey, Jr., Trac Baughn, Romie Creavas, Strat Karatassos, Jim Edison, Sam Nichols, Eddie Todd, Marcus Dupree, S.E. Sullins, Shelton Gandy, Roger Cook, and Stan Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Paula Massey, Dr. Terri Oakes Dyess, Jim Martin, Archie Dean, Dudley Bozeman, Erskin Barr, Barbara Barr, Grafton Dean, Leroy Dean, Derrick Dean, Stephen Moore, Dr. Edmund Miller & staff, NMMC-Home Health & hospice, former teammates; coaching staff; athletic staff; administrative staff and players.Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 PM at First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sonia Foster Goode of West Point; children, Lessie Goode Belk (Frank) of Oxford, Thomas G. Goode, Jr (Shera) of Tampa, Fl, Michael D. Goode of Jackson, MS, Sandi Foster May (Keith) of Monticello, Charles Brinson Foster (Natasha) of Brookhaven; grandchildren, Will Belk, John Michael Beck, Chase Goode, Chandler Goode, Brandon May (Erica), Lee May, Lindsey Foster; great-grandchildren, Bailey May, Logan May, Evelyn May; sister, Linda Goode Bryan of West Point; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Walter ‘Les’ Goode, Jr.
Memorials can be made to The Coach Tom Goode Endowed Athletic Scholarship or the James Leonard McCullough Endowed Scholarship, c/o MSU Foundation, Inc, PO Box 6149 MS State, MS 39762 or The MSU FCA, MSU Bulldog Club, Inc PO Box B T MS State, MS 39762 or The Memorial Tree Fund.