Lebanon Reporter

January 23, 2013

Esther L. Goodnight


— Mrs. Esther L. Goodnight, 94, of Lebanon, formerly of Kirklin, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Witham Memorial Hospital in Lebanon.

Mrs. Goodnight was born July 30, 1918, in Frankfort, the daughter of Merle and Ruth Cohee Smith. She attended Frankfort High School.

On March 6, 1937, she married Gerald Goodnight; after 64 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1999.

Esther moved to Kirklin in 1950 from Sheridan. She was a homemaker and member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Kirklin American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are three daughters, Kay Harrison of Tucson, Ariz., Patty (Burl) Tharp of Kirklin and Barbara (Bill) Brock of Frankfort; one son, Donald (Clessie) Goodnight of Plainfield; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gerald “Buddy” Goodnight Jr. who died in May 1990; three brothers, John Smith, Elvin Smith and Martin Smith; one sister, Dorothy King; and three grandsons.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Genda Funeral Home, 608 N. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirklin.

Memorials in Esther’s name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“Esther lived a long life; may she rest in peace knowing she did the best she could have done.”

Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.


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