Nell L. Goodnight
Nell Lee “Candy” Clark Goodnight, 75, of Utopia died on Jan. 4, 2020, at Bandera Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Killeen City Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 6, 1944, in Temple to Earl Lee (Casey) and Deo Clark.
She graduated from Killeen High School where she was editor of the yearbook and a member of the Killeen Kangarettes drill team.
She married John Paul Goodnight on April 5, 1963, in Kileen, and the couple was blessed with three children. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
He worked as a teacher and coach during their 56 years of marriage, and the couple moved a lot. Wherever they settled, she quickly made friends and became active in the local Church of Christ, where she taught Bible classes. The family says she prepared for her future when she was baptized, accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1964.
The familys says she was very artistic and loved using her talents through her beautiful paintings and arts and crafts. While living in Utopia, she served two terms as president of the Utopia Friendship Garden Club.
Goodnight was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Casey Louis Clark.
She is survived by her husband, John Paul Goodnight of Utopia; one son, John Paul Goodnight Jr. and wife, Laura, of New Braunfels; two daughters, Lee Ann Bryan and husband, Tim, of Bryan and Stacey Lynn Dunn and husband, George, of Lockhart; two sisters, Rebecca Ball of Wimberley, and Julie Montemayor and husband, James, of Spring; 13 grandchildren, Michael Goodnight and wife, Isabel, Misty McCleary and husband, Ryan, Dana Kirkhart and husband, Micah, David Villarreal, Darrian Fosty and husband, Andy, Rowdy Ray and wife, Elizabeth, Kamie Brotherton and husband, Barrett, Paul Douglas Buckner, Landon Buckner and wife, Emily, Hunter Dunn, Sarah Dunn, Laura Krcmar and husband, Jay R. and Thomas Dunn and wife, Melody; and 21 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held yesterday at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., both at the Utopia Church of Christ. Memorial donations in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
Arrangements were under the direction of Legends Funeral Home of San Marcos.