This year has been a rocky start for well-known local painter and motorcycle enthusiast Jonboy “Goody” Goodman, but a few friends are working to smooth the road to recovery.
Goodman was admitted to Saint Thomas Ascension River Park Hospital’s ICU unit on Dec. 22, 2021. That is when physicians found infection which was previously localized to his left foot had entered the bone and he was septic.
“I was dying,” said Goodman.
After the diagnosis, he was transferred to Saint Thomas West in Nashville where an above-knee amputation was performed on his left leg. “I know that God is the only reason I am alive today. He kept me here,” Goodman added.
While remaining in the hospital and facing months of rehabilitation ahead, friends are rallying in support of Goodman and his wife, Michelle.
A benefit dinner is slated for this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Morrison Ruritan Building, 121 East Maple Street in Morrison. From 5 to 7 p.m., chili, sandwich, and dessert supper will be served for a donation of $7.
An auction begins at 7 p.m. with a host of items up for grabs including tool sets, solid oak rockers, a cedar swing, many gift and dinner certificates, handmade vintage quilts, a fire pit, and many other items.
Tommy Cunningham, who is one of the benefit organizers, said, “There are too many items to list, but there is something for everyone. Also, we are accepting donations until the start time of the auction.” Cunningham added, “God laid it on our hearts to do this. Goody has always been there for me and anyone else who needed him. Now we are going to be there for him and Michelle.”
Goodman, after learning of the fundraiser, said, “It’s humbling. I never expected this. Over the years, I have helped with many different benefits, but it’s a different feeling to be on the other side. We are thankful to everyone.”
For more information or to assist in the effort, please call either Tommy Cunningham at 931-808-5322 or Joy Key at 931-224-1787.