retired Sgt. 1st Class Billy "Wayne" Goad
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:05pm Staff
MUSKOGEE Funeral for retired Sgt. 1st Class Billy "Wayne" Goad, 70, of Muskogee, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian chapel Church with the Rev. Conrad Barrett officiating.
Mr. Goad passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Tulsa.
Burial with full military honors will be at 1 p.m. at Fort Gibson National Cemetery under direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home.
He was born March 28, 1943, in Fort Sill to Pearl Verlon Goad and Murble Bennett Goad. Wayne grew up in Lawton, where he attended Lawton High School and graduated with the class of 1961. He worked in the construction field until the summer of 1963 when he enlisted with the United States Army. He was a member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment /Blackhorse, serving in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. Wayne received many awards and medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Four Service Stars, Purple Heart, Two overseas service bars, Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf, Driver's Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal Fourth Award, Valorous Unit Award, Sharpshooter, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm. He received an Honorable medical retirement in 1978. Wayne began working in civil service in 1982 and worked until 1991 with the Fort Sill Readiness Group as a recruiter and career counselor. He decided he wanted to be closer to his family so he moved to Muskogee and worked for Whitlock Packaging from 1992 to 2002. Wayne worked for the Muskogee Department of Veteran Affairs from 2007 until 2009 when he decided to retire. Wayne loved to fish with his grandkids and spend time with his family. He was an active member of the Muskogee Cruzin' Angels Car Club. Wayne was loved by many and will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Pearl Verlon and Murble J. Goad; his son, Thomas Ray Goad; and his brother, Clifton R. Goad.
Wayne is survived by his daughter, Waynette Gatlin, of Muskogee; his son, Marcus Goad, of California; his sisters: Joan Goad Taylor and husband Rick, of Tulsa; Linda Goad Doughty and husband Stanley, of Muskogee; his grandchildren: Angilina Cox (John), of Hanover Park, Ill.; Jerimiah Goad, of Oklahoma City; Tommy Goad (Jamie), and Krystal Cantrell (Zach), all of Huntsville, Ala.; Vince Gatlin, of Muskogee; Belinda Friedrich (Dylan), of Savannah, Ga.; Shane Arnold, of Checotah; his great-grandchildren: Kimber Cox and Graysen Friedrich; his best friend and the mother of his children, Linda Sue Goad; his aunt, Jeraldine Pearson, of Joplin, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Goad, Ivan Goad, Dewain Doughty, Bryan Page, Stanley Doughty, and Steve Goad.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vince Gatlin, Shane R. Arnold, Rick Taylor, Vernon (Randy) Goad, Avis Goad, Dave Meabon, Shane M. Arnold, Jerry Gatlin, Donnie Tucker, members of the Cruzin' Angels Car Club, Brothers and Sisters of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment/ Blackhorse. ALLONS!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC, 20037 or vvmf.org.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.