Mr. Herbert N. Goodson, age 89, of Comanche died Sunday morning at the Western Hills Nursing Home in Comanche.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Heartland Funeral Chapel of Comanche with Dr. Matt Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

He was born March 27, 1918, in Comanche, the son of the late Herbert N. and Berta Greene Goodson. He graduated from Comanche High School and later graduated from Texas A&M in 1941. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army upon graduation from Texas A&M and served his country during World War II.

He was a Lieutenant Colonel upon his retirement from the Army Reserves.

He married Mary E. Jones at Austin, Texas, on May 30, 1941. Following his service to his country, he returned to his hometown to enter into the insurance business. He was the founder of Goodson Insurance Company which is still a vital part of the Comanche business community. He was an active civic leader of the community and served on the first Board of the Industrial Foundation and was instrumental in Moorman Mfg. and Sidranís locating in Comanche. He served on the Airport Board when the present airport was built.

He served in official capacity for the county livestock show, was a board member of the Salvation Army, the Chamber of Commerce, the original and present Comanche Housing Authority Board, the Evening and Noon Lions Clubs, the Booster Club and the Food Pantry.

He was a former Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, worked with the Comanche County Museum, and with the acquisition of land for Lake Proctor. He helped to develop the Green Oaks Addition.

He boosted school improvements and the hospital, and worked hard for anything that was for the betterment of the community. He was a true community leader and received the Cornerstone Award in 1992 from the Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding work in the community.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Gideons.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Goodson of Comanche; a son, David Goodson and wife Ruth of Comanche; a daughter, Kay Hall and husband Frank of Comanche; three grandsons, Scott and Mike Hall and Wes Goodson; one granddaughter, Tracey Carr; six great-granddaughters, Meghan Hall, Rilee Hall, Makenna Carr, Harper Carr, Emma Happney and Ashley Canet; and one great-grandson, Grant Goodson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Janice E. Onstot and Berta Goodson.

Memorials are requested to be made to the First United Methodist Church of Comanche or the donorís favorite charity.

Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at

Arrangements by Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, 1508 North Austin, Comanche, Texas.