Born Gertrude Florence Smith, March 27, 1924, “Gertie” was one of eight children of Bert W. Smith, Sr. and Revisa Mable Taylor Smith, from Miller Place, Long Island, New York. The Smith Family was one of the first Black-American families in the Brookhaven Township and one with integrity and honor. For many generations, this family enriched the lives of so many by the examples they set and lived by.
Gertie was a truly multi-talented woman; married for almost 65 years to her devoted husband Leslie E. Goodman, Sr., of Amelia, VA. Not only a dedicated wife, Leslie and Gertie also raised six children while living in Mount Sinai, Long Island, N.Y.
A school bus driver for over 40 years, Sunday School teacher at Mount Sinai Congregation Church for 33 years, Mount Sinai School Board member for over 35 years; and all the while managing her own household and the home of the well-known Dr. Ainsworth Smith and wife Dorothy. Gertie was a woman with endless energy and love, who always had a kind word for everyone and time for anyone. One of Gertrude’s crowning moments came in 1991, when upon the dedication of the new Mount Sinai High School; the street was name “Gertrude Goodman Drive” in her honor.
She is survived by her husband Leslie Goodman, Sr., her six children, Joyce, Leslie Jr., Alan, Ronnie, Linda and Benjamin. Sisters Constance, Kathryn and Mary, eight grandchildren, Tony, Tamara, Eli, Joshua, Milan, Amanda, Serin and Isaiah. Five great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Sarah, Laura, Mary, Nancy and Gwen. Brother-in-laws Earl Sr., Jimmie Rand and Ralph. A host of nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends.
One of God’s true angels, Gertrude will be missed by so many who had the pleasure to know and love her. God bless you Gertrude Florence.
Funeral Services Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Little Union Baptist Church, Amelia with private burial.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of the arrangements.
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