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11/25/2022 12:32:00 PM
Wayne W. Goodson
August 11, 1944 - November 17, 2022

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Wayne W. Goodson, of Lincolnton, died peacefully at home on November 17 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Born in Lincoln County in 1944, Wayne was one of nine children of the late Guy and Alene Keener Goodson. Wayne graduated from high school in 1962. He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam era, and was lucky enough to bring home a beautiful German bride, Erika and a daughter, Tammy. Later, they added a second daughter, Leslie, to complete the family.

Before this terrible disease took away his mind and almost everything he loved, Wayne was an avid fisherman, loved traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was retired from Mohican Mills.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Erika and their two children, Tammy Barry and husband Anthony, and Leslie Bailey and husband Ethan. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Jacob Dickerson, Emma Bailey and Noah Bailey, as well as one special great granddaughter Joselynn Barry and his faithful four legged friend Olivia.

He is also survived by brothers and sisters Judy Watts and husband Jim, Phyllis Huss and husband, “N.C.”, Rita Reel and husband, Ronald , Karen Presswood and husband, Randy, Roger Goodson and wife Kathy, and Michael Goodson and wife, Gail, along with many nieces, nephews and other friends and family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as brother and sister in law Gerald and Wanda Jones Goodson and sister and brother- in- law Bernice and Bill Harris.

The family would like to thank the many kind people from Stress Free Home Care and from Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County. It was with their help that Erika was able to keep Wayne at home until the end. In particular, Marilyn and Cassandra went above and beyond in their care for Wayne and the entire family by providing information and advocacy when it was needed most.

Lewy Body Dementia affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States. Although it is the second most common form of dementia and many families are affected by this disease, few individuals and medical professionals are aware of the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, or even that LBD exists.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider making a donation to either the Lewy Body Dementia Association ( or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County. (

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Hensley officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.   

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Goodson family.

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