LTC Charles "Charley" W. Goodson was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/03/2015 at the age of 77.5
Umatilla, FL
Flight Class 67-11
Date of Birth 12/19/1937
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 48 AHC in 67, A/4 AVN 4 INF in 67-68, 326 MED 101 ABN in 71, 163 GS 101 ABN in 71
Call sign in Vietnam CHARLIE GOLF
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Goodson, Ret., Lt. Col. Charles Billy77, of Umatilla passed away June 3rd 2015. He was born in Branford, FL (Suwannee County) in 1937, and moved to Umatilla, from Bunnell in 1942. He attended elementary and high school in Umatilla, before attending The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Billy was a retired Army aviator (Master Aviator), having served over 30 years in both the U.S. Army and Marines. He served two tours in Vietnam as a UH-1 helicopter pilot, flying both gunship and medivac missions. After retirement from the military, he was hired as the General Manager of Frupor, a Norwegian-owned agricultural firm in Portugal. After seven years overseas employment, he returned home to serve his community. He was a former mayor and city council president for Umatilla, served on the Board of Directors (past President) for Sunrise Arc, a member of Umatilla Masonic Lodge No. 65, Umatilla Kiwanis Club, associate with Beyers Funeral Home, and attended the First Baptist Church of Umatilla. Survivors include his wife: Martha D. Goodson; son: Charles D. "Chuck" Goodson (Pam); daughter: Audrey L. Goodson, all of Umatilla; and his beloved granddaughter: Chloe Elise Goodson, Haines, Alaska. Funeral services will be held 3:00 Sunday, June 7th, at the First Baptist Church of Umatilla with Rev. Brooks Braswell officiating. Interment will follow at the Umatilla Cemetery Annex, where he will be laid to rest beside his mother and father (Audrey S. Goodson and Charles P. Goodson). The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 6th from 6-8 at Beyers Funeral Home in Umatilla. In Lieu of flowers, donations to The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida (35201 Radio Road, Leesburg, FL 34788) would be sincerely appreciated. Billy was a tireless advocate for Sunrise Arc and it was an organization dear to his heart. Online condolences can be made at "Go tell the Spartans"

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 5, 2015

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