Willie L. Goodall, age 79, of Copperas Cove, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Temple, Tx. A Memorial Service will be held at Noon on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Following the service, his final resting place will be the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with full honors.
Willie was born on March 29, 1940, in Vidette, Georgia to the late Earnest and Frances Gregory Goodall. He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1958. He joined the United States Army in 1960. He served for 23 years and retired in 1983. On June 20, 1974, he married his love, Hedwig Jager, in Baumholder, Germany. He attended Central Texas College and earned a degree in Applied Science on December 19, 1988, while he worked for Veterans Affairs Hospital in Temple, retiring in 2002.
He served with honor, courage, dedication, and commitment for duty not reward. His declarations include Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon “2”, Drill Sergeant Ident Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam War Veteran Service pin, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, NCO Professional Development Ribbon “3”, Good Conduct Medal “7”, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert M-79 Grenade Launcher, Fort Hays State University Award for Outstanding career and dedication to the U.S Army and ROTC Cadre and Cadets and an awarded for 40 years of service to The United States Government.
Willie was preceded in death parents; daughter, Sheila Goodall; granddaughter, Rhashana Ricks; brother, Johnny Washington; sisters, Geraldine Darlington, Bessie Goodall, and Katie Goodall.
Willie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Hedwig Goodall; children, LeAndre Goodall, Nicole Porell, Otto Kretzer, Roland Kretzer; sisters, Suzie Brimmage, Lucy Harris, Eva Brinson; grandchildren, Savon, Naiya, Eric, Tyrone, Christopher, Stacy, Lisa, Miriam and many more; great-grandchildren, Carter, Myles, Xander, Xoie and Xara; daughters-in-law, son-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He had an unwavering love for his family and would always tell you like it is. He will remain forever in our hearts.